Dear Precious Partners,
I believe God wants us to have life and life in abundance. He wants us to be the over-comers, victorious and the ones who have life in abundance. We are God’s children and we are co-inheritors with Jesus Christ which I’ve read in Romans 8:17. What does that mean for you and me? It means if you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord you are richer than you know. You have riches that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet know nothing about. Gates and Buffet –who are two of the world’s wealthiest men have nothing compared to what you have in Christ.
In Genesis 2:7 the Bible says that “the Lord God . . . breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life and he (that is man) became a living being.” When God breathed into man, it was not simply the breath of God filled His lungs, it was the life of God filled his being. When God breathed into man, the very life that was in God became the same life that is in you and me. You see, since the beginning it has always been God’s intention that the meaning of man’s existence here on this earth, the qualitative measure of his experience here below should be no less and no other than the very life that has been in God for all eternity.
What does that life look like? That life looks like Jesus Christ. Again, Jesus Christ did not come to model for us how God would live on the earth if He were man. He came to show us how we should live on the earth when we are in right relationship with God. That is why He said, “I came so that they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
In the Greek it says Jesus came to give us abundant life. Some Christians live as if Jesus came to give them ‘not enough’ life – they are always short, always unhappy, always in crisis, there is always something going wrong. Nor did He come to give us ‘just enough’ life. Yet some people live at the ‘just enough’ life level – all they have is what they need – they never have enough to give others, they are making it but just, surviving but just, they have enough, but just. My Bible tells me that God wants you to have abundant life. What is abundant life – it is living with ‘more than an enough’ life. Jesus did not simply come to give us more than enough life. This word abundantly is translated in other passages ‘more abundantly’ or ‘exceeding abundantly.’ In other words, it is more than abundantly – it is ‘more than more than enough.’
That is the life God wants you to have. That is the type of life God created you for. That is the type of life God breathed into Adam way back in the Garden of Eden that was lost to sin. That is the type of life Jesus came to give – and that is they life that God has for you and me today, life in abundance not just more than enough. It is a life filled with meaning and contentment, filled with design and purpose, filled with happiness and peace. It is the life you were created to live. Satan, the Bible says, came to kill, steal and destroy. Kill, steal and destroy what? The life you were meant to live. That is why life can seem empty, meaningless, full of regrets and shame. That is why you are sometimes your experience is defined by fear, insecurity, and self-doubt – you don’t like yourself . . . or anyone else. The devil is a destroyer and when we yield to him we begin to destroy our own lives and rob the lives of those around us.
So how do we get back to that life? How do we get back our inheritance?
Every promise of God is an expression of His nature. Jesus said in our passage, “The thief comes” – that is a good place to pause – how many of you know the thief comes? Jesus did not say we will never have any challenges or hard times, or that life will always and only be a bed or roses – “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” – but he is not the only one that comes – “but I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
We serve a Good, gracious and merciful God. One who wants to give us our inheritance our life in abundance.
“You (God) have granted him (you) the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips.” Psalm 21:2.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD” Jeremiah 17:7.
Hebrews tell us that God is the rewarder of those who seek Him.
Paul says that “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” (Phil. 4:19) He can say that because God is El Shaddai – God all powerful – God who is big enough. Some people live as if God doesn’t want to shower you with abundance. He is El Shaddai – the God of more than more than enough.
It is not the changed life, but the exchanged life of God. That is why Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Paul understood the plan and purpose of God – that is why he said, ‘I have been crucified with Christ – and it is not longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.’ (Gal. 2:20)
What you and I must learn to do is to let the life that was in God become the life that is in us. Let Him take our pain, our shame, our fear, our weakness – let Him take our sins and our sinfulness – and swap it out for who He is and what He has done. The reason that is important is that you and I cannot live the abundant life – but He can – and He wants to live the abundant life, the more than more than enough life in you and through you.
We must first start realizing who we are in Him and believe His promises he gave us. Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” If you want to be someone different, start thinking something different, start believing something different. You must learn to see yourself the way God sees you. How does God see you?
Psalm 139:13-14 “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” When God looks at you He does not see you in the weakness of your failures, but in the fullness of His purpose. When God looked at baby Jeremiah in the womb He did not see a baby, but He saw a prophet to the nations. Precious Partners – I cannot think of any good reason to see myself any other way than the way God sees me. The secret to living the life you were created to live is seeing yourself through the eyes of God, and the unique place you fill and contribution you bring to your world.
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This God of abundance poured His love and Himself into you – and He says, “You are MY own handiwork, My own workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus, born anew that you may be and do all I created you to be and do. I predestined and prepared your paths ahead of time that you should walk in them – living the wonderful life which I prearranged and made for you to live.”
Precious Partner- it is time to start to think and speak of yourself the same way God does, to see yourself the way He sees you, to describe yourself the way He describes you. The life you are rediscovering has no room for self-hate, self-derision or self-inflicted insults. If you want to rediscover the life you were created to live, start to see yourself through the eyes of God.
I want to invite you to pray this prayer that will inevitably change your life. “ Father, I come before you in Jesus name. I thank you for who you are in me. You are my God, my King, and my savior through your Son Jesus Christ. Forgive me for not seeing who I was in you. Forgive me for allowing myself to except mediocrity in life. I am a child of God with a divine inheritance. I except all that is mine. I believe my life will change from abase to abound. Your favor is on me and doors of opportunity are just about to open for me. Thank you for my inheritance of life of abundance. In Jesus Christ I pray…….Amen.