The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John10:10)
Are you living an abundant life? Most people think that living an abundant life means you have everything you want in this life. On the contrary, living a life of abundance has nothing to do with what or what you don’t have. Living a life of abundance means righteousness, peace, and joy. It means you are hopeful for the future no matter how gloom it may look at the present time. No matter how bad things are, you still maintain your joy. The Bible says the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). It means you focus not on what is wrong; but what is right. You remain hopeful even in the midst of chaos. You choose to remain positive even when you have a reason to be negative.
When you are living a life of abundance, you are grateful even for the little things. You find reasons to be grateful instead of complaining all the time. You can rejoice when others are succeeding because you know you are also a candidate in line for success. You understand what God has in store for you will eventually come to you, though it may tarry. You trust that things will be alright. You trust in God’s timing. You know he has good plans for you, to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah29:11)
Romans 5:3-5 says: “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and this hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Having this consciousness, you await your blessing with joy. You are hopeful for the future. You don’t have time to grumble or murmur.
When you understand that Christ came to give you not only life but a life that is full, you don’t allow the enemy to still your joy. Our enemy, the devil, comes to steal our joy and peace, but only if you fail to understand who you are in Christ and the life that he has given you.
Jesus came to give you a life of righteousness peace and joy. This is not determined by what is happening around you. It is determined by what is on the inside of you. John 7:38, says: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. When you have the life of Christ, what flows out of you will be joy, you will refresh others with your words, you will exhibit peace, joy, and love, this is the life Christ came to give you. When others only rejoice when things are going well, you rejoice at all times because of the one living on the inside of you.
So, are you living an abundant life? Don’t allow the enemy to steal the life that Jesus came to give you. Don’t allow the cares of the past, present, or the future to diminish your joy. You can boldly proclaim “the joy of the Lord is my strength ” because you have the life of Christ, a life of abundance.