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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

 

 

 

THANKING GOD ALONG THE WAY

We call on God with thanksgiving in our hearts

For He has loved us throughout our lives

Even when we’ve rebelled against Him

He’s provided

Making the rain fall

Giving a harvest

Providing abundant life

 

In times of drought and catastrophic flames

Flood, wind, and destruction

He calls us to Himself

To acknowledge Him as the Source of all

Sustainer of life

Our Creator

 

God admonishes our sinfulness

Calling us to repentance

For we know not the hour of our death

Our God desires us

To have eternal life with Him

He would bond with us

If we would give our allegiance to Him

Vow obedience

To all Ten Commandments

As they were given by Him on Mt. Sinai

As a sign of our love for Him

In the act of obedience

We thank Him for the rich life

He has endowed us with

 

 

 

NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST

After trying to perfect myself

Through my own power

I’d become disconnected from Jesus

My Lord and Savior

I’m in ruins

I cannot heal myself

I hurt and bleed from the war

I’d put myself through

Facing Satan

With only my human defenses

Crushed on rocks below

 

My guilt became a burden

Until I came face to face

With Jesus

On Him I laid my burden

He bid 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)

 

Aim to rededicate ourselves to Jesus

Continuing to do the work

He has given us

Praying daily to God

To keep the tether tight

Between ourselves and Jesus Christ

Letting Him keep us safe

Heal us with His balm

For there is no other

Great Physician

Able to heal humanity

 

 

 

 

LOVE IS FAITHFUL

God’s heart cannot be hemmed in
Oh, that I could experience it all day
But the ruler of this world pours acid
Aiming at our central core
For Satan wants to destroy the beauty
Flowing within us
That love planted by our Creator
Instilled with joy
Nurtured by our heart connection with Him

Hurts and distractions bombard us somedays
Causing some to stray from our mission
To love one another
As He has loved us

Isolated
Fear imprisons the hopeless
Battered souls
Blown near the edge of the abyss
Craving love lost from sight

A faithful, caring Christian
Snatches this hopeless one
Worn from the struggle with Satan

Carrying him with strength
Gained by Jesus’ victory over sin and death
To a meadow dotted with white lilies
Where only beauty abides
This deprived, beloved soul
Catches a glimpse of Jesus
Not far off

Healed, whole, and beautiful
The rescued owns a jubilant heart
As Jesus takes his hand
Renewed by the Savior’s love
He dances with Jesus’ heart
Love entwined with love
Forever trusting in God’s mercy
And faithfulness

THE GREATEST GIFT

Why choose death
When you can turn
To the Lord of life
And live

Sin brings destruction
Satan controls
The Lord of life gave His life
So you can live with Him
Forever
Content, saturated with love
Needing nothing else but His approval
Never to flounder again on your own
Freed from sin
Knowing He is the First and Last
Our eternal Balm
He heals the brokenhearted
Gives hope to the downcast
When all seems lost
Every effort is futile
He gives wings to fly
Soaring to heights above clouds
The surety of a paradise He chose for you
He would give you nothing less
You are the love of His life

He comes as a knight
To the darkness of this world
Gently lifting the willing
On to His white stead
Bound for the New Jerusalem
And eternity
All are chosen, marked for mercy
Few are willing
Join this grateful few
Who give loyalty to Him
When He calls

When He knocks
Open the door
Allowing Him to transform your character
Your holy vessel
Now far from falling
To the wiles of Satan
Freed
No longer captive to sin
But glorious
Glowing with His righteousness
Never to crave worldly ways again
For now you know Him well
Content in His love
Jelled in the conviction, a truth
He died and rose for you
Why choose death
When Jesus Christ is our salvation
Cling to Him
Till He takes you home
To reign with Him forever

THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER

I suffer as the rest of humankind
Tainted by sin
Now, a constant eruption of misery
Calamity, persecution, pain
Relieved only when we give Jesus our hands
To infuse our wills with strength
And give Him our hearts
To teach us compassion
Our lives, torn and shattered as they feel
Pose a threat to our meaningful existence

There is an avenue to strength
To light
It is a knowledge of God’s love for us
Keeping us uplifted
Amid disabling disasters
Leading us to the fountain
For to those who believe in Him
Jesus offers living water
The Holy Spirit
Allowing our hearts to overflow with love
Granting us power
To assist Him in mission
Bringing other hurting hearts to the Healer
Forgotten souls to the Father
Lost sheep to the Shepherd
Join Jesus now
As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death
He is our hope and salvation

HOPE FOR A FALLEN WORLD

My friend is dying
Lord, what did he ever do
To deserve prolonged suffering?
My mind cannot grasp a reason
Other than our human condition
Deceived by Satan
Into receiving sinful natures
A scourge on humankind
All destined to die
And many, untimely deaths
Like my friend
Young yet,
Formerly bright
Struck down by Huntingtons
A cruel disease

What can help to transform
Our world of destruction?
Hearts bound to Jesus’ heart
Ready to give rather than receive
Functioning as a cradle for grieving
Embracing vulnerable souls
Leading them to the Great Healer

What smooths jagged emotions
Left by a legacy of sin?
Lifts hopes for redemption?

Grace from God
Flowing to sinners
Finding an anchor in faith
In Jesus’ perfect sacrifice

Looking forward
To an everlasting home
Standing in His presence
Casting our crowns at His feet
The Lord of the universe
Our healing balm

RETURN TO GOD

How can she reach golden gate
Lifted up, leading to His throne?
Can she be launched
As a rocket through heavily polluted sky?

Dare she dream fly
As a trumpeter swan
Soaring over waters so expansive
She may not reach shore

As struggling polar bears
Swim expanses
Seeking food
Only to drown

Or does she ride
Aloft cumulus cloud
On warming Spring day
Lingering

Chased by wayward twister
Wrecking homes and insecure lives
Adding more havoc
To nature gone wild

Newlywed couple grieves
Their newborn waiting no longer
To be elected, crowning himself king
Now crushed amid destruction

Lives shattered because of sin
And a nation’s sins
Trading time to heal
For rebellion

America, return to God
Fall on your knees in repentance
Before your Creator
For you have not honored His authority

All Ten Commandments
You’ve thrown down
Trampled on
Disregarded

He will bless you on your return
Carry you on eagle’s wings
Through open golden gate
Before His throne of honor

DISCOVERING THE KING

I am not my own
I was bought with a price
Paid by Jesus on Calvary
He died not that we may sin
As our fallen natures incline us to
Asking for forgiveness
With the insincere hearts we’ve molded
Desiring cleansing
No.
He died that we might be with Him
Forever.
He bids us now draw near to Him
Turn from our sins after seeking His face
Learn humility taught at Calvary
To do the Father’s will
Learn dedication exhibited in His life
To follow, serving Him alone
Know His holiness
Become transformed in His likeness
Testify of Jesus
Drawing souls before His throne
There discovering a King
Who fulfills all our needs
Giving us certain hope of life everlasting
He who conquered sin and death
Through His perfect life and resurrection
Cling to Him
He who comes soon in the glory of a King
To take us home to be with Him forever
Amen.

UNSURPASSED LOVE

Loving Jesus
Scourged and spat upon
Taking my sins upon you
Suffering for me
Even while I preferred to stay in darkness
You hung on the Cross for all mankind
Suffering the crushing weight of sin
While all continued to rebel against You
Not considering the enormity of sin
But You, condemned
By the wrath of the Father against sin
An evil scourge not removed
Except by the sacrifice only You could supply
And the Father, suffering immeasurably
Giving You, His only Son
To suffer such ignominy and pain, loss
The loss of the love of the Father
And a death You feared might be Your end
A grave You couldn’t see beyond

We kneel
Bowing our heads to You
The Lamb of God
Our Redeemer

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