Tag Archives: abundant life

What’s Your Story?

28 Jan

There are people today who believe that they are just too bad to be good.
The truth is, they are right. We are all too bad to be good.

We all have a story that includes sin.There is none righteous, no not one.
We have all sinned by saying and doing things that were not right; things
that we know were just wrong. This includes the most loving, gentle
person you know. (Romans 3:10)

Nevertheless, there’s a place for you and your story. It doesn’t matter how
bad your story is. Even those with the worst stories are welcome. Where
can you go and be forgiven, delivered, and restored?  It’s the place of
trusting  Jesus as the one who loves you more than anyone ever could.
He loves you so much that he died to take your sin away, giving
you an opportunity to change your story. (John 3:16, Romans 4:25)

Do you know that Jesus was accused of hanging out with sinners? He didn’t
shy away from those who accused Him. “Jesus answered and said to them,
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
‭Luke‬ ‭5:31-32‬ ‭

Notice that Jesus didn’t leave people in the same condition as He found
them. As the physician, He healed the sin sick by calling them to repentance.
As you come to this new place of trusting Jesus, you are made anew.
II Corinthians 5:17

So what’s holding you back from coming to Jesus? What’s your story?
If being bad was your excuse, you just read that Jesus hung out with
sinners. Remember, He came to heal the sick. His healing replaces our sin
with His righteousness, and gives us beauty for ashes.
II Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 61:1-3

Invite Jesus to come into your heart today. You may not see tomorrow.
Trusting Jesus changes your today, as well as your eternal destination.
He longs to give you rest in His finished work on the cross for your sin.
He longs to give you freedom and rest, changing your story. “Today,
if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”  ‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Righteous Anyhow!

15 Nov
Close your eyes for a moment, and imagine everything you've 
ever done or said wrong throughout your life all crammed into 
your body, your soul, and your mind at once. Now imagine all 
of your sins being taken from you and placed upon Jesus. 

At the cross, JESUS BECAME SIN.

Can you fathom becoming sin? Jesus took upon Him not 
only my sins and yours,the sins of everyone were poured 
onto Him all at once. He became sin.This must have been 
one of the most gross experiences ever.  

Nevertheless, Jesus went through with this revolting, guile, 
disgusting experience with a purpose.

YOU HAVE NOW BECOME RIGHTEOUS!

Just because you don't always feel righteous or act righteous 
doesn't mean that you aren't. Even if you must repeat this 
statement to yourself countless times each day, renew your 
mind by receiving it!

Yes we are Saints. But we still fail. When we do, lets get up, 
repent (turn from the sin to the Lord for power over the sin). 
(Hebrews 4:15). Lets believe what God says about us, and 
press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 3:14)

God did not send His Son Jesus to die for us in vain! “For 
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might 
become the righteousness of God in Him.”‭‭ (II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ 
‭NKJV)‬‬. Let's receive this blood bought righteousness, and let 
go of sin today!

Hidden Life?

12 Jul
Although you may be a Christian, have you ever felt that
your life was missing something grand? Does your whole 
being cry out for more? Have you sensed that there is 
some unique thing that you should be doing that escapes
you?

In the stillness of a "must be more moment", I 
sensed a whisper that said "hidden with Christ" (Colossians
3:3) But what does that really mean? Did God hide the very 
thing that He sent His Son Jesus to die for; this thing called
life. Jesus said, "I came that you might have life, and have 
it more abundantly" (John 10:10). So if Jesus not only 
came that we might have life, and He even died so that we 
might have life, why is life hidden?

As Matthew Henry's commentary states "It is hid with Christ; 
not hid from us only, in point of secrecy, but hid for us, 
denoting security. The life of a Christian is hid with Christ".
Our lives are hidden, or secure with Christ.

But the question goes back to, how can we actually 
allow that abundant life that is hidden with Christ to 
be felt, experienced and expressed daily?  

Jesus Christ, the one with whom our lives are hidden, said 
that we are to "Love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, 
soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves"
(Luke 10:27).  

While this may not be the entire answer to our 
question of more, going back to the two greatest
commandments on which the whole law rests is 
a very good place to start in finding the "more"
that our hearts long for.

Love more! Focus upon seeking the Lord and loving
Him, as well as loving those people that have 
been placed within your circumference more. As we follow
these two commandments, we open our lives to
greater possiblities of abundant living for and with
Jesus Christ, with whom our lives are hidden and secure!

Fighting For Our Inheritance!

30 Nov
Once we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, our 
final destination changes drastically. Within that moment, 
we crossed over the threshold from eternal death to eternal
life (John 3:16, John 6:40, Matthew 25:41,46). We 
were also sealed with the Holy Spirit Who endued us with 
power (Acts 2:38). 

We are now classified as citizens of the kingdom of God,
where we enjoy  righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy 
Spirit (Philippians 3:20, Romans 14:17). In fact, every 
day we're loaded with benefits  (Psalm 68:19). We are
no longer fearful, timid, people. Instead, we have power, 
love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). Our faith moves 
mountains. Therefore, worry is a thing of the past
 Matthew 17:20).

All of our self esteem issues, are now non existent since we
are complete in Christ.(Colossians  2:10). We have the mind 
of Christ, and walk humbly before our God 
serving Him and serving others (1 Corinthians 2:16, Micah 6:8.
Whatsoever things are true pure, lovely, honest, just, we 
think on these things (Philippians 4:8). We are confident 
that whatsoever we ask in prayer according 
to God's will, we have (1 John 5:14,15). 

We are good stewards of our time, our finances and take great
care of our bodies, recognizing that our bodies are the temple
of God (Ephesians 5:16, Proverbs 3:9-10, 1 Corinthians 
6:19, 20). We are more than conquerors through 
Him who loved us (Romans 8:35-39). We are strong in The 
Lord and the power of His might.  We even rejoice in 
tribulation and in persecution (Philippians 4:4). 
Because God stooped down to make us great, great we are 
(Psalm 18:35).

Allow me to be honest with you,  I have yet to fully 
manifest all of these qualities in my own life. How about 
you? We must remember that our feelings do not negate the 
fact that all of these benefits are ours as children of God.
One of the keys to living the abundant lives that Jesus 
promised to us lies in remembering that we are fighting 
the fight of faith.  

We must remember that we do have an adversary, an enemy who 
comes to steal, kill, and to destroy (John 10:10). That 
adversary, Satan, longs to rob of us everything that Jesus 
died to give us. But as we fight with our spiritual weapons, 
certain victory is ours.

So let us fight the good fight of faith, fully armed with 
the weapons of our warfare which are not carnal, but are 
mighty through the pulling down of strongholds (1 Timothy 
6:12, II Corinthians 10:4, Ephesians 6:11-18).We 
must put on the full armor of God and stand on His promises.
Yes, we do have an awesome inheritance. Armed with truth, 
righteousness, peace,faith, salvation, and the word of God, 
we win! Our inheritance is spectacular, but like our 
forerunners in the Bible, by faith we must 
 fight for our inheritance (Hebrews 11,12)!