This is Jesus’ words: “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.” John 10:10
The scriptures give a Christian every reason to love life more abundantly. Psalms 37 is another one of those scriptures that concurs that a person who believes in God, The Father, and his Son Jesus have promises that will keep us positive in a less than positive world. However, even with all the scriptures, and his constant, never ending promises of love, and abundance; it is often a challenge to be positive, and assured when we cannot see negative life things reversed within our spiritual journey.
Here are some thoughts; it is okay to have down days (we are human), and we can feel a little worn at times. We have not reached perfection, and that is why we have the scriptures to open, read, and grasp so that our doubts turn to positive revelations. When our view becomes a little dim, one must remember Jesus sacrifice on the cross. He had to know within His heart the sacrifice He was about to make was without a doubt; the right one.
Here again are Jesus’ words: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. v18- No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10: 17- 18
Our choices to live a Christian life is not about sacrifices. Jesus made the sacrifice so that we might have life more abundantly. *John 10 above.
Abundant life does not mean material goods. It does mean that He, Jesus will supply all of your “needs,” according to His will. Spiritual, and physical needs. Needs are a lot different than wants, desires, petty dreams, or flamboyant wishes. Our most important need is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When we leave that out, we do not have a lot to stand on when thinking He is not taking care of us.
When we are young we a have tendency to look at life very differently. Happiness is very often associated with the abundance of “things,” “possessions,” and often not about our spiritual abundance. We want to be more accepted within our society. We want pretty things, nice things, and very often do buy those things. When we have lived a few years, grown a few years in grace, and learned the difference in material and spiritual things; we learn that happiness it is not in having, or possessions.
“Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself. A martyr at the stake may have happiness that a king on his throne might envy. Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals. For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone.” David O McKay
With that said, here are some promises that the Almighty God has given, just in case you do not have the time to look them up or remember them. These scriptures will help you to remember His words “that they might have life more abundantly.”
“The righteous cry and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” Verse 17
God Bless and let yourself live more abundantly in Christ’s love,