Well, the first week of 2017 is over (sidebar: no, I'm not moving the new posts to Friday). For some, it's been inspirational (new year, new things!!!! Oh glory!!); for others, it's been rooooouuugghhhh (new year....new things...like heartache, and pain). Regardless of where you are on that scale, I've been thinking about you, & I want to share something with you that God shared with me: He came so that you (yep, YOU) would live abundantly.
John 10:10 (ESV) says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." As a church kid, I've heard this verse thousands of times. I've quoted it thousands of times. Yet, I see it in a slightly different light now than I did a week ago (because God is that cool to me).
Earlier this week, I was praying, & God told me something that I knew....but didn't quite understand at the time. He reminded me that Jesus came that we may have abundant life, and abundant life is abundant on good days and bad ones. Bad days are not indicative of a sad, deficient, and defeated life. Yet, sometimes, we take the presence of trouble as an indication of the absence or apathy of God & settle for what's in front of us instead of what we've been promised. Abundant life is abundant through sunshine, and through your toughest storms. You have it through Christ; are you walking in it?
I think that abundant life looks different for everybody. For some people, it's financial freedom (because money is relevant, saints), but there are some people who have money than they have time to spend it....and just want peace or true joy. For me, abundant life is synonymous with purpose. It's me walking in my calling. It's me having financial and emotional freedom. Abundance is abundance on both good days & bad ones. Abundant life is abundant life through the toughes of storms and the brightest of sunshine. Abundant life is a life that is not determined by how I'm doing, but by who's doing it and who gave it to me in the first place.
At what point did you decide that this was it? At what point did you decide that your best days were behind you? Who or what lied to you, and told you that God was done blowing your mind? What made you believe that you should settle for what you have in front of you instead of demanding and walking in your abundant life that you've been promised? Well, I'm here today to tell you that all of those voices, "reasons", etc. were wrong, and that they're nothing compared to the God that spoke abundance over you from the moment of your conception. You have 2 choices: you can wallow in mediocrity or walk in His abundance.
You receive what you accept. You did not make it this far by accepting whatever life presented to you; you got here by demanding greater. Whatever age or stage of life you're in, I dare you to demand the abundant life you've been promised. I dare you to stand on God's word,and watch His power shift you into new levels of joy, peace, freedom, and strength. You're here for a reason. You're reading this for a reason. I had to write this for a reason. It's not about me; it's God double daring you to try Him one more time. It's a reminder that if you're still on this earth, your latter days can, should, and will be greater than your former days. Don't settle for what's in front of you; speak up in the spirit, and demand what's been promised to you. This is the year for abundance. It's a year of total victory. It's a year of overflow....but only if you believe it.
See ya' Wednesday! (And stay tuned....new updates coming soon)
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