The Abundant Life

I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10b

 

Romans 8:6 – For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

 

We often wonder why we are fearful and discouraged. We wonder why we are angry and bitter, or even envious. We wonder why we cannot find peace. Yet, how often do we dwell on the things of this life? We worry about yesterday. We worry about today. We worry about tomorrow. We worry about what might happen, or what already happened. We worry what people will think of us.  We worry, worry, worry.  So, how does one “set the mind on the Spirit,” in order to find “life and peace.”

Let’s look at a couple of passages that tell us how to obtain a Spirit-set perspective:

 

Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

Philippians 4:4-9 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Here are a few more that you can look up: Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 63:5-7, Psalm 119, Psalm 143:5, Psalm 145:5

 

How do we achieve this peace-filled abundant life?  Through Christ and His absolute truth found in Scripture.  Don’t just work on ridding your life of negative thoughts and behaviors.  Fill your mind and heart with the truth of God.  Know what you believe!  Remember, it is God that does the work in us.

Philippians 2:12-15 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

 

 

Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2012.  May not be used or re-printed without permission.
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2 thoughts on “The Abundant Life

  1. I not only love the word of God, I do seek to think upon it day and night and do what the Lord says. Obedience because of God’s great love, truth and grace has brought me to a place of beauty every time I have suffered hardship. Today, I was cleaing the “baby room” and it is difficult to not know whether i will have more children. My hope continues to rest in the Lord. My body has suffered a signficant toll since the 3rd miscarriage but GOd has been faithful to give me joy in the midst of suffering. He has been all my hope and stay.

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