Abundant Living

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. Ephesians 1:7-10 Message

We are not just barely free, but we are abundantly free. Abundance is a word that just keeps bringing more even when your basket is already full. It’s defined by dictionary.com as; an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: overflowing fullness: affluence or wealth.

If that is the case, why are so many Christians today living just free from sin, but not free from sickness and disease? How about pain? What about poverty, lack, heartache or depression? We find it ‘easy’ to receive forgiveness because that is the message we’ve been given, but there is oh so much more.

Faith is a tiny muscle each of us are given. In order to develop that faith, it must be used constantly and consistently. This tiny muscle (seed) has great potential, but if it lies dormant, it won’t support the work it needs to do. John 6:32 tells us that we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free. Who is the Truth? In John 14:6, Jesus told us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life–no one comes to the Father except through Him.

Who do you need to know to get what you need? Jesus! He’s the only way. It’s relationship with He who holds the keys. It’s not about believing in Him, it’s about knowing Him. Anyone can believe. Satan believes. But building that faith muscle is developed by sitting with the Personal Trainer–Jesus. His Holy Spirit will show you that if you trust in Him with all your heart and stop trying to figure it out yourself, He will lead you on a journey of complete surrender. Trust will build faith, it’s the oxygen to the muscle.

Breathe deep through the exercise. It will be exhilarating as He takes you on the most incredible journey of discovery. When you find out what you have access to through the blood of Jesus, you’ll be sorry you settled for just forgiveness of sin.

Living in Abundance,

Sandy G

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