Abundant Living

This is a second entry for the devotional book my church is putting together. I wrote about abundant living as I seek to live my life abundantly for Jesus. I want my desires to line up with God’s plan for my life. I chose the picture of my granddaughter in the ocean to go with this entry. I love the way she plays in the ocean with complete abandon. She is not worried about anything. She is focused only on enjoying the moment. That is how I want my walk with Christ to be, fully trusting, abandoning my will, my wants for His and living abundantly.

Here’s the entry:

So, you love Jesus and you’ve studied His Word enough to know that you should turn to Him for help in times of trouble.  You are surviving.

I have good news – There is more! 

2nd Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

This is not “name it, claim it”.  Jesus is not a magic genie.  This verse tells us that God will bless us abundantly.  As we grow in our walk with Him, our desires, our wants become aligned with His.  This scripture says, “you will abound in every good work” –   Our Father’s work – bringing Him glory – telling others about Him.  Isn’t that exciting? 

Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

This scripture reminds us that no matter the difficulties of this life, we can have an inner calm – “the peace that surpasses understanding.”  When we can remember that our prize is not found on this earth, we can lean into His perfect peace and live boldly for Him – not just surviving this life but THRIVING victoriously in an abundant life.

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