Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

The Lord Is Good – Taste and See!

The Lord Is Good - Taste and See!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 34:8. This verse bids us to taste and see that the Lord is good, and states that those who take refuge in Him are blessed.

Here’s a review of a post I wrote on this verse a while back –

“Our God is a good God. He has many blessings available to us, His children. He wants us to walk in and receive them.

Psalm 103:2 tells us to praise the Lord, and to not forget all of His benefits. All throughout His Word, God speaks of the blessings that are ours in Christ. As our wonderful Heavenly Father, He knows how to give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). In fact, every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). Therefore, the question to ask ourselves in determining whether something is from God if the thing in question is good and perfect. If it is not, it’s probably not from Him.

God is not the one who steals, kills, and destroys. Rather, He sent His Son that we might live an abundant life (John 10:10). He gave Him for us while we were completely undeserving. He accepted us into His family. He cares for us as any loving parent cares for their children. He continues to lavish unmerited favor and love upon us each day of our lives. Such a God truly is amazing. What are you waiting for? Taste and see His goodness today!”

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Receive His Provision

Receive His ProvisionWeek 29 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 6-10. These chapters continue another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.

2 Corinthians 9:8 says that God is able to abundantly bless us, so that, having all we need at all times, we’ll abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:11 echoes this, stating that we will be in every way enriched, so that we can be generous on all occasions.

God wants to bless us abundantly, so that we, in turn, can bless others, out of the abundance that He has given us. He wants us to walk in His provision, so that we can be generous towards those around us. In and of ourselves, we can never be deserving of His blessings, but because of what Christ has done for us, we have been made right with God, and therefore qualify to receive all of His blessings!

We can’t give out what we don’t have, and our Heavenly Father wants us to know that He is both willing and able to prosper us, enabling us to bless those around us. Will you receive His provision?

The Riches Of Nations Will Come To You

The Riches Of Nations Will Come To YouThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Isaiah 60:5. It says that wealth on the seas will be brought to you, and that the riches of nations will come to you.

As His children, God loves us, and wants to provide for us. He desires for us to have more than enough for ourselves and our families, and to bless those around us.
2 Corinthians 9:11 says that we will be enriched in every way, so that we can be generous on every occasion. In other words, God wants to bless us, so that we can bless others!

Our Heavenly Father gives good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). The question to ponder is do we ask? Do we bring our requests to Him, confident of His provision? Or do we live a life of constant worry over our finances? Instead of living in a state of incessant anxiety, let’s begin to tell Him what we are in need of, assured that He can and will do exceedingly, abundantly, and far above all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) in our lives!

Savior in Every Area

saviorEverything we could ever need is found in Jesus. He wants to be Savior in every area of our lives. Nothing concerning us is too big or too small for Him.

Are you lacking financially? He’s your Provider. Are you suffering from sickness or disease? He’s your Healer. Do you feel like you’re trapped in sin? He’s your Redeemer. Are you filled with loneliness and sadness? He’s your Best Friend. Does it seem like you’re groping your way through darkness? He is your Light. Are you depressed or anxious about your circumstances? Joy and peace are found in Him. At the cross, Jesus paid the price for your right standing with God. You have been justified by His blood (Romans 5:9).  His sacrifice qualifies you to receive all of God’s blessings.

No problem in life is to big for Him to handle. No detail is too trivial to escape His notice. He wants us to come to Him and receive provision for our every need, be it great or small.

Why do we sometimes hesitate to do so? Typically, it’s not His ability to resolve our dilemma that we question, but rather His willingness to use that ability on our behalf, and in our particular situation. Once a leper came to Jesus for healing, stating that if He were willing, He could make him clean. To this Jesus replied “‘I am willing; be cleansed'” (Matthew 8:3, NASB). Immediately afterward, the man’s leprosy departed. Our Savior is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). As He was willing use His ability to reach out to someone in need back then, so He is today. Never doubt His willingness to save, deliver, heal, and restore in your life today.

What are you in need of? In what areas do you lack? Come to Jesus, fully assured that He has not only the ability, but also the willingness to provide for you. Welcome His saving power into every circumstance in which you find yourself.  Invite Him to be Savior in every area of your life.

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”