The Abundant Life

John 10:10: 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.

God wants you to have a more abundant life. A life filled with the fullness of God. He wants you to be blessed.

Blessed in the field, blessed in the house,
blessed going in and blessed going out.

He didn't come just to give you eternal life, He wants you to have life more abundantly. That's fullness on earth, fullness
in heaven and fullness on the new earth. It's a permanent state of being for anyone who will receive it.

What is the abundant life?
It is a life filled with the glory of God. A life that walks with Him daily. A life that talks with Him daily. A life that says I
no longer exist, but Christ exists in me. It is a life that has experienced liberation. A life that is free in Christ.

John 8:36: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

The problem with many Christians today is that they are still walking around in bondage.
It's time to set down that bag of trash that you are holding on to. Take off that sack of junk on your back.
It's time to shake off the chains of burden and lay them at the foot of the cross and leave them there.

The church of God has been burdened by bondage long enough.
We've been bound up by the church itself. Bound up with the world. Bound up by Satan. Bound up by self. Bound up by
sin. It's time to say ENOUGH!
Glory to God!! It's time to take off the grave clothes and walk in the newness of life, the abundant life.

When we live in a state of bondage, we fail to be the blessing that God has called us to be.
When we live in a state of bondage, we fail to receive the blessing that God has for us.
Then we want to whine about it.  Why God why, how God how, when God when.........

I can answer these three questions for you.
Why God Why?  Because you are still in bondage.
How God How?  When you surrender to Him.
When God When?  NOW! NOW! NOW!

Many members of the Church can't be what they have been called to be because of bondage.
(Scenario)  "I can't dance in the church Lord, because I don't know what others might think."
"I can't serve on the Sunday school committee, because I feel inadequate".
"I can't"
"I can't"
"I can't"

This is not acceptable to God. Moses already tried this. He said he couldn't be the spokesman for God because he could
not speak eloquently. God did not accept his excuse, and He's not going to accept yours either.

The church has forgotten
Phil. 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Here's the hardest thing you have to do.
The abundant life is a life of love.

1 John 4:12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in
us.

When we fail to love one another, we wind up unhappy, unsatisfied, unfulfilled in our quest to be as close to God as
possible. When love does not exist in our lives for everyone, we wind up serving ourselves. Gods more abundant life
reaches out in love to others. It is more concerned about their well being, their misfortune, even more so than your own.
Abundant love touches the very heart of God and cares for the less fortunate, the lonely, the elderly, and the lost of the
world. What I'm trying to say is that love is a priority in obtaining the abundant life that God wants you to have.

(Scenario)  "Well I love them brother, but, I don't have time to do this, or that."
There is always a BUT, when it comes to the life of a Christian.
It's time to get off your "but" and show forth the love of God.

God even told us how we should love.

1 John 3:18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

We are to love in deed and in truth.
What?  So let your light shine before men.

This means we are to have a lifting life.
We come here to lift up the name of Jesus, but we are also supposed to lift up one another.
Look here Church. This is a training place, when you leave here you are going on your mission field.
Do the work of a Christian and lift someone up. Exalt and exhort one another, continuously.

Look at the life of Jesus, everywhere he went he healed and lifted up someone.

Mark 9:27: But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Here is a young man who was dealing with a foul spirit, Christ rebuked it, the people took him for dead.
Then Jesus took his hand and lifted him up. This is our example.  When we encounter those that are stricken with
issues, we are to encourage them and lift them up. Christ could have said he'll be fine and walked away. But he didn't.
He stayed and lifted him up. Why? For our benefit. That we might do the same by His example.
We need to grab hold of what He told the boys father.
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verse 23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

The lifting up that God expects of you may not be a physical one, as it was in this scripture. Still, that doesn't excuse us
from upholding one another spiritually, or mentally.

Many Christians are too busy putting others down, talking about them, spreading rumors and gossip, causing
discontentment among the saints. If you meet anyone with this type of attitude, you need to stay away from getting
involved in that conversation. I'm not saying be rude and walk away, I'm saying do not participate in it. Change the
subject, or just be quiet, but do not encourage them to continue speaking down about someone by joining in. Even if you
feel they are right. A person who does this is not living in Gods abundant life.

Ours is a cruel world. We must always be on guard with the whole armor of God. Keeping your tongue is probably the
hardest thing you will ever do in your walk with Christ. But it is a necessity if you choose to live the more abundant life
God has called you to.

Very few things in the world today last. Nearly everything in life depreciates, deteriorates, or dies. You have heard the
saying that, "nothing lasts forever." Well, that is a lie.  The more abundant life that Christ has offered you is a lasting life.

1 John 5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

The abundant life is everlasting, it is eternal, in Christ Jesus.
God made you in His image, He wants you to be like Him.
He is the beginning and the end, from everlasting to everlasting.
Jesus said,

John 11:26: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Death has no power over the more abundant life.

John 8:51: Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Through faith, and obedience, the more abundant life of Christ is yours today.
It's time for us to receive the life that God wants us to have.
It's time for us to let go of the mentality of a self serving life and serve the one who has given us life.

The more abundant life of Christ is four times greater than the life we have now.

I.     A Liberated Life
II.    A Loving Life
III.   A Lifting Life
IV.  A Lasting Life

It's time for us to repent and make a total commitment to Him, that we might have life more abundantly!
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