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HOW TO LIVE ABUNDANTLY

God wants you to live a rich life.  His grace is so abundant that even if you are going through a difficult time, you can still receive precious gifts from Him.

I will show you how to receive these gifts in order to make your life easier.  I will give you the steps.

     1.  Thirst after Him

God gave each of us a longing for something outside of ourselves which nothing else can satisfy.  Some may not even be aware of Christ’s ability to satisfy on a deep level.  They are totally engrossed in and satisfied with worldly things.

However, when God calls to you offering grace, come to Him.  You may be a lost soul who needs Jesus or perhaps you are a Christian in name only.  Once you drink of His living water you will never need to thirst again.

As Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well,  “whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst.  But water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”  (John 4:14).

     2.  Come, buy what is priceless and costs you nothing

Continue to accept God’s offers of mercy and grace.  This makes for an abundant life.  And accept what you cannot give to yourself.  You are a sinner — we all are.  You cannot save yourself.  Christ died for you on the Cross of Calvary because He wants to redeem you.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

He offers you this gift of life freely.  Believe in Christ’s saving sacrifice.  It will bring peace of mind while you’re sojourning on this earth.

     3.  Come just as you are

Jesus always mingled with sinners.  He came to save sinners.  God will accept you just as you are.  He offers forgiveness of sins to those who ask.  Also, He will work with you to iron out your bad habits.  You don’t need to be perfect.  Come just as you are.

Accept Him as your Savior.  Ask Him to be Lord of your life.  Review the Ten Commandments found the Bible in the book of Exodus 20:1-17.  In prayer, let Him show you your sins.  Confess them and ponder on the grievous nature of them.  Repent of these sins, intending not to do them again.

He has promised to forgive you.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

     4.  Develop a personal relationship with Him

God desires a personal relationship with you.  He wants to get to know you.  He wants to lead you to truth and to an abundant life.

Fix your mind on the One who created you.  You are a wondrous creation.  God has special plans for you.  He wants you to share your life with Him.  Let your disappointments help drive you to Him.  Spend some time with Him in prayer each day.

     5.  Read your Bible daily

A wealth of truth is found in the Bible.  If you base your decisions on divine counsel found in the Bible, God will surely bless you.

The entire Bible testifies of Jesus.  Getting to know Him and learning His ways will be enriching.

“His (God’s) truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).  God’s truth helps you navigate life, helping to protect you from the snares of the evil one, Satan.  Partnering with God will defect many arrows.

God will help you endure the tough times by preserving the joy you’ve developed in your inner core.  You will have been strengthened by prayer, thanksgiving, and getting to know God through relationship and by pouring through His Word, the Bible.

     6.  Obey God

The business of Christians is to obey and follow Jesus Christ.  God’s very character is reflected in the Ten Commandments.  His law is unchanging, just as God’s character never changes.

Obeying the law habitually is born out of love for God.  “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14: 21).

Jesus promised the gift of joy to those keeping His commandments.  “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:10,11).

     7.  Follow Him

God offers the gift of peace to all His followers.  The apostle Paul taught the Philippians in these words:  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6,7).

To follow God, you need to make His priorities your priorities.  These priorities are spelled out in the Bible.  One of these is serving others, i.e., ministering to their needs.

Many people are unaware of their spiritual needs.  After you’ve tended to some of their basis physical and emotional needs, e.g., serving a hot, nutritious meal to a group of homeless people and socializing with them, people are more receptive to your offering to minister to them spiritually.

A follower of Jesus will share his or her testimony of what Jesus has done for them with those needing Jesus Christ in their lives.

Spreading the Everlasting Gospel to those in need of a Savior is essential as well as spiritually rewarding.

In conclusion, you endear yourself to God when you obey Him.  He delights in showering mercy upon you.

Being a follower of Jesus enables you to naturally think of others first and to find joy in serving others.

A truly abundant life on earth is found only in conjuction with providing others with the hope of eternal salvation.  One can accomplish this by testifying of Christ’s saving power found in the Bible.

Knowing Christ comes in part by reading His Word and by having a personal relationship with Him.  We need both of these.

Once you come to the living waters Jesus Christ offers, you will never thirst again.  God will enable you to find peace of mind, joy in all circumstances, and the hope of salvation found in Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations are from the NKJV

 

 

 

GIVING TIME TO OUR GOD

Upon arising
Before the hustle and bustle
Demands our attention
As first light shines
Upon delicate branches
After the morning star disappears
Spring flowers reach East
For light given by God
The Bible awaits us
And on our lips
Words of thanksgiving
To the Lord
Gently pierce morning silence
As we meditate on
Our Morning Star, Jesus
Our Savior and Friend
Who speaks to us
Through the Bible, His Word
Casting our fears aside
And in making this connection
Try giving God prayers of thanksgiving
As each day unfolds
With a spiritual sparkle

CHRISTIAN COUNSEL

Practice being good to yourself
You may need self-nurturing
In a personal crisis
Learn strength
By abiding in Jesus
He will never let you down
As all humans do at times

In this world
Of chaos and competition
Listen for Jesus’ voice
He will uplift you
Lay your burdens on Him
He will give you lasting peace
Found nowhere else

Make the Bible your
Daily food for thought
Find within it Divine counsel
As Paul offers to the Philippians
Echoing down through the ages:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble, whatever things are
just, whatever things are pure, whatever things
are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthy—meditate on these things”
(Phil 4:8). NKJV

HE IS COMING

Every individual is a matchless gift from God
Discover and cherish their attributes
Accept and overlook their bad tendencies for a time
Pray they will overcome these faults
With the help of Jesus Christ

Cling to Jesus to show you His way
Let the Bible enlighten your path
Be kind to all you encounter

Let your light of love shine brightly
Leading people out of darkness
Teach them God’s way
Many will join a good cause
Invite them to spread the gospel with you
Preparing the lost
For God’s eternal Kingdom to come
Teaching the truths found only in the Bible

Ready the masses for the reign of Jesus Christ the King
He promised to come again in glory
To welcome those wearing His robe of righteousness
A gift accepted by those who acknowledge
They cannot save themselves, not by works
Nor by any human effort
Only by humbling themselves and bowing to Jesus
Accepting His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary
And looking to Jesus for forgiveness if we sin

For the Holy Spirit enables us to come,
Confessing and repenting
Joyfully resuming the new life we’ve found in Christ
Confident God the Father will see in us
Only the righteousness of Christ

What a gift!
What a Savior
Accept Him into your heart now
For the signs of the times indicate
He is coming soon

ENTRUSTED TO GOD

I cannot fathom the depth of Your love for me
You’ve always been here, watching over me
You have a plan for me
Even though I’m not sure what it is

Lord, lead me
I am ready to surrender all of myself
Even though I’m weak to follow through
And vulnerable to blows from the enemy
But You strengthen me through Your Word
And Your Spirit dwelling within me

Show me Lord where You want me to serve
Open my eyes to those in need
Let me not discriminate
Bury my arrogance that surfaces at times
A blessing abodes in the humble soul
Help me revamp my priorities
Give me the gift to think first of others
And to not shy away
Help me grow wings as a butterfly
To flutter from person to person
Engaging their beauty
To dance with Your heart
I’ll speak of Jesus’ love
Our only sanctuary when the storm blows in

Hearts connected to Jesus cannot deceive
But speak truth to all
The truth that saves
Let me speak truth
As part of my misssion

WHAT IS TO COME

In my coming posts I will continue to provide you with words of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement concerning your relationship with God and with each other, while emphasizing the truths found in God’s Word, the Bible.

I will also add multimedia elements which will enhance the site. This and other minor changes as a result of taking WordPress’s blogging 101.

I think we too often attempt to perform God’s will using our own strength, not God’s strength. He offers to lead us in reaching goals He will provide us with, support us emotionally, and never leave us. In order to do this we need to look to Him first, lean on Him, and trust Him.

I hope the following poem entitled CREATED FOR INTIMACY inspires you to trust God to work through you.

Fear fades
For Jesus Christ reigns
On a King’s throne
Higher than any
With outstretched arms
Wooing
Replacing fear with trust
In those drawing close enough
To embrace His heart

He is our Creator
Having molded us in His image
Uniting His purpose
With our potential to love
In relationship with Him
Forever

PROMISES FROM GOD

I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite Bible promises pertaining to everlasting life for God’s faithful.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16,17).

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Dan 12:3).

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out” (Rev 3:12).

The Bible is filled with many beautiful promises pertaining to blessings God will bestow on us in our earthly lives, as well. Do you have a favorite promise of God found in the Bible? Feel free to share.

—Scripture Quotations are taken from KJV—

PERSEVERANCE REQUIRED

How many times lately, outside of church, have you spoken to others about your faith in God? For myself, I do not measure up in this area. Sure, I write this blog and have written a wonderful book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, about relationships with God in the Last Days, for which I continue to seek out a traditional publisher. But witnessing in person rather than in writing is, I think, harder hitting.

I recently accepted a volunteer position at church as a greeter. I had forgotten how satisfying and rewarding contact with people can be even while stepping out of my comfort zone. And there is no other place I’d rather help people feel welcome. But that’s just a start.

What about neighbors, friends, and family? I’ve spoken to them in the past about God, but many of them rejected God’s truths as revealed in the Bible. Some of my neighbors don’t care to go to church at all. Their lifestyles don’t include reliance on God for their needs. All I can do is befriend them, reflect Christ’s image, and pray for them. Perhaps a crisis in their lives will drive them to God’s door. In the Bible, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea, prophetically the Last Days church, “Here I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him , and he with me” (Rev. 3:20). We need to encourage others to open the door and commune with Him.

What a marvelous relationship with Jesus will ensue. He is our Redeemer, bound to offer us, as sinners, with everything we need to overcome the power of Satan. Jesus promises: “To him who overcomes, I give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

There is nothing more rewarding than leading someone to Jesus. However, it requires patience and perseverance. Never stop praying for those relatives of yours who need Christ in order to overcome. Don’t be afraid to witness to others who need caring friends to introduce them to God’s unconditional love, that healing balm which produces a sense of purpose and the hope of salvation.

—Scripture quotaions taken from NIV Bible—

RELATIONSHIP — THE HEALING BALM

God can function as our wellspring of encouragement and love if we turn to Him while we’re down, discouraged, or hurting. But rather than seeking Him only when we’re in dire straits, God wants us to develop a daily, continuous, love relationship with Him. He has deemed this relationship the most important commitment of our lives. It honors Him and gives vitality to everything else we do.

He is our Abba Father, the One who can heal us when we feel hurt, unappreciated, or misunderstood. Then while supporting us emotionally He partners with us to do His work.

God wants to impart wisdom, courage, and truth to us through His Word. We learn of Him through pryerfully reading His Word. Ultimately, He seeks our love and cherishes our worship of Him, after teaching us how to love through our love relationship with Him.

Humans are inherently self-centered and selfish. God demonstrated His love for us by giving His Son as a sacrifice on the cruel cross of Calvary, thus giving us the opportunity for eternal life with Him. Through Jesus’ life, recorded in the Bible, He gives us an example of love born of selflessness. Jesus served people’s needs by healing physically, thus drawing people’s hearts close to Him. He healed spiritually as well, with teachings that were radically different from the legalistic teachings of the Pharisees, a group of Jewish leaders of the Law when Jesus was on earth. Jesus meant to bring truth and life to all.

Today we have access to Jesus’ teaching in the Bible. God intends for us to live extraordinary lives by reading and applying the Bible to our lives.

Everyday of Jesus’ life He depended on the strength He received from His Father through prayer. God means for us to carry on a dialogue with Him each day so that we can feel His love and encourgement, leading us to conquer sin. God’s love doesn’t waver, take sides, or ever fail. Whereas human love, even as wonderful as it is, at times is fraught with weaknesses: jealousy, smothering, selfishness, broken promises, and failure to love fully.

When we connect with God in prayer, He offers us a haven from worry and a place of peace. God’s love is the only perfect love. If we depend on His love, we will never be disappointed. Jesus invites us: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). NKJV

TO KNOW HIM

The well ran dry
Who knows the cause
Could it be all thoughts
Are straggled and lost
Flowing not from His Word

We need a guide
To stay on track
Lest we derail
Losing the oil of life
Precious God-given power
To just say no
Denying Satan a bounty
Your priceless life

Priceless souls
Christ died to save
Grab your shields now
Cling to His Word
Enter its courts
Fall before the King
In adoration
Praise and honor
Give Him your ear
Surrender your heart
Pour out your soul
For to know Him
Cleanses thoughts
Returns us to the well
That never runs dry

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