The Abundant Life

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John 6: 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 

Since the Holy Spirit came into my heart when I got saved 41 years ago, I have always been convinced of this truth, “thou hast the words of eternal life.” I have searched and studied God’s word for the meaning of life and what our purpose is here on earth. That His truth would give me a quality of living that previously has been foreign to me. The truth that I have embraced and understood through the Holy Spirit has been life changing and that is the reason I have stayed with it all these years. His truth has healed me of my addictions, my lust, my selfishness, my criticalness and my negative mindset.

Peter answered him, “thou hast the words of eternal life,” careful observation with the above scripture tells us that the very words that Jesus spoke are eternal and gives life to all who believe in them. That there is power in the word of the name Jesus. Many testimonials can attest to the healing life changing name of Jesus. Believing in His truth has brought them literally from death to life, from darkness to light, and a rebellious sinner to a child of God. Eternal life speaks of a never ending span of time; however it also speaks of a quality of life in the here and now, hidden within WORDS of ETERNAL LIFE. God’s desire for his creation is to have and possess an abundant life but since the sin of man our mind has been alienated from this abundant living of life. We have to be taught how to live an abundant life through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Instead, in this world we’ve been grown up learning lies about life itself that abundant living is found within you and yet we are full of selfish ambitions and empty goals that are meaningless toward living a life of abundance. The world tells us that acquiring lots of money is the key to happiness when in reality you’ve just traded one sorrow for another sorrow. Just read the book of Ecclesiastes written by King Solomon, he had it all and tried it all. Yet he summed it all up in vanities of vanities saith the preacher, all is vanity. Solomon’s conclusion is found in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

 

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The Joy That Was Set Before Him

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1, 2 ESV) The joy that was set before him was you and me. He was already in the splendor of heaven so therefore he endured the cross because, “We are His joy!!!” Consider now what Jesus has done for you…………………….Jesus suffered with 40 lashes for your healing, he died the cruelest death known to man for your sins and rose again the third day for your victory over evil.

So just what are you doing about the sin in your life? What are you doing for the grace freely given to you? Are you taking advantage of His word daily for your empowerment? Are you getting on your knees daily to fill your life with joy and a peace that passes all understanding? You are in misery because of the sin in your life, so how long does it take or will it take for you to say no to sin and live fully for Jesus Christ? Why, does it take a tragedy in a persons life in order for them to wake up spiritually?

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14, 15 ESV)
God desires to do great and mighty things in your life but he cannot do it without your permission. Because of Joshua choosing to serve The Lord, God enabled him to conquer all of his enemies and did great mighty things through him because he dared to believe. He dared to trust. He dared to serve when it wasn’t easy to do so. He dared to stand upon the word of The Lord when no one else did.
How long will it take for you to decide?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)
In case you haven’t heard it in a long while I LOVE YOU AND JESUS LOVES YOU!!!
Intimacy With Christ Always
Richard