Salvation is what I call a package deal. It’s not limited to the salvation of your soul. It includes every area of your life: spiritual, relational, physical, emotional, and material. The eternal life Christ provides for those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior doesn’t begin at death. Eternal life began when you accepted Christ. The abundant life is embedded in your eternal life.
Have you ever given thought to what it means to live the abundant life? It doesn’t mean all Christians will be millionaires. It means God will provide what you need at the time He knows you need it, not when you think you need it. When you think you need something, and when God knows you need it doesn’t always sync. The abundant life applies to every area of your life. You have God’s promise to supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19). God moves on your behalf at the opportune time when the circumstances are ideal for Him to get the glory and to build your faith and trust in Him so He can bless you with more. But God works on His schedule, not ours.
John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” There’s a promise of restoration embedded in John 10:10. Whatever has been lost or stolen in your life, expect God to restore it. If it feels like you’re stuck in a dead-end situation, expect God to resurrect it. He’s in the habit of resurrecting dead things. And if your life seems to be in a state of ruin, expect God to rebuild the ruins.
Three things are necessary for the abundant life. First, seek God during this time. Read your Bible and pray for God’s wisdom. God wants to bless you greater than you’re believing Him for. You need God’s wisdom to know what to do with the blessings God has in store for you.
Second, you MUST be a sower. Now is not the time to draw back in your giving.
II Corinthians 9:10 says, “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” The text indicates God gives seed to sowers. You can’t reap what you haven’t sown.
Finally, be thankful. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks .” Thankfulness shouldn’t be based on how you feel or your circumstances. Sometimes it can be difficult to give thanks but give thanks anyway.
Always remember, our God isn’t on a fixed income and He’s not a dead-beat dad. He hasn’t forgotten or abandoned you. The abundant life is available to you. Uncertainty and tumultuous times cannot limit God’s ability to bless you right now. God has a harvest of blessings awaiting you.
Until next time…be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson
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