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January 12, 2017

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Abundant Life in Christ

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

Who would not like to have an abundant life? Many immediately think of temporal and material blessings that surround us. These are nice and certainly add to the comfort and ease of our lives. But Christ is speaking of an ABUNDANT LIFE that goes much deeper than the things the world strives for and acclaims as important and necessary.

God wants us to know Him, not only as the One who has forgiven us of our sins and is our Savior, but also to crown Him the LORD OF OUR LIFE! He wants us to declare Him the authority and sovereign of our life by yielding our will in obedience and compliance to His will. It is then our lives will be open and receptive to all He wants to be to us. We will know in reality the blessings of the covenant relationship given to all who live under His lordship.

Let's look at a few blessings that highlight the "abundant life in Christ" that He has for His own. When we accepted Christ as our Savior, He set His seal upon us as His peculiar treasure. He sets apart those who are godly for Him. He gives His angels charge over us. God declares that from that day we are His purchased possessions. God makes known to us and to the world around us that we are His. He gives us the spirit of adoption whereby we cry "Abba, Father." The Holy Spirit assures us that we are children of God. He enables us to walk as Christ walked. He empowers us to shine as a light in the midst of a dark and perverse world. He makes us a new creation in Christ by His transforming power. He gives us the blessed hope of eternal life. He will make us high above all people in praise, in name, and in honor. He has bestowed His love on us and we are called the sons of God. He has prepared crowns and kingdoms that we may sit with Him in eternity and be partakers of His glory forever!

This and infinitely more than words can express God has prepared for those who love Him and embrace His covenant of life and peace. He pledges His truth and faithfulness for the performance of His Word. We need to hearken to His voice, even as the angels did. David wrote, "Bless the Lord, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word." We should search His Word and meditate upon it so we may know what He says to us. Oh, that we might have an ear to hear the "still small voice" of the Holy Spirit as He reveals, teaches, and directs our lives in His way, and to respond without hesitation or reservation. The covenant that God has made with us is inconceivable, irrevocable, and beyond human comprehension. The eternal Creator of all things, by whom all things consist, and through whom they are held together in His condescending love, has reconciled us to Himself and gives us not only life, but also life more abundant!

Let me ask you, have you entered into this blessed relationship with Christ? Are you appropriating what He has purchased for you, this abundant life in Christ? Neglect not what is yours by faith. I challenge you: POSSESS YOUR INHERITANCE!

© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.


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