Abundant Life

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"The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." (John 10:10).

Read today's Proverb 15:15 and John 10:10 together. Read them back to back several times. What is your spirit telling you?

My spirit tells me, though the Holy Spirit, that I have a choice. I can go the way of the thief (Satan) or I can go the way of Jesus. But it does not end with just that thought. I can also choose how much life to have. Jesus said; ‘might have it abundantly'. Who controls how much? Solomon teaches that you can have so much life that it is like a cheerful continual feast.

The word life in this context does not just mean the creation of our spirits within, although Jesus is clear that He is the only way to God. It also does not mean that his children are just going to sit around and get fat from a continual feast. But it means that as Christians we can choose to have a quality life that is dependent upon our own initiative and the help of our Father God.

Proverbs 15 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 15:15 "(15) All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast."

Psalm 74:18-23 (Theme: Anchors In The Storm). "(18) Remember this, O Lord, that the enemy has reviled; and a foolish people has spurned Thy name. (19) Do not deliver the soul of Thy turtledove to the wild beast; Do not forget the life of Thine afflicted forever. (20) Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence. (21) Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Thy name. (22) Do arise, O God, and plead Thine own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches Thee all day long. (23) Do not forget the voice of Thine adversaries, The uproar of those who rise against Thee which ascends continually."

Today's question. Are you in control?

Yes. If you are a Christian, you are in control. It does not matter your challenge, your problems, your pain. All that matters is your attitude. I was watching a program about a young boy who was blind. I suppose he and his parents could have said, ‘O woe is me'. But they did not. Indeed, they celebrated his blindness with the result that hundreds if not thousands of people have been blessed through his life's story and God has been glorified.

I remember one day feeling down and sad. I prayed; ‘Dear God bring my joy back'. The answer to my prayer was that I never lost it. I had joy all along. I chose to lay my joy down and it was up to me to pick it up again.

"Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11).

In other words, God is completely sufficient for our needs. "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely." (Psalm 16:9)

Dear Jesus, I choose Joy. Because I choose You. My joy is in you as well as my cheerful heart. My delight is in You and it is this blessing for which I offer great thanks. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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