Message for July 8, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

John 10:10 “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”

    When we look into the Bible we find the will of God. His Word is His will for our lives.  Faith begins where the will of God becomes known. His will for us as His sons and daughters is to live life in the overflow.

    In John 10:10 it is written that Jesus came to give us life and not just a barely get by life but an abundant life.  This word “abundant” in the Greek is perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.”

    We can see that on one side is the thief (devil) who comes to steal from us God’s blessings.  But the other side is God who has bestowed upon us goodness, life and more than enough of all that is necessary for abundant life.  Living in the overflow of the abundant life that we have been given is not just in the area of money. But it is every area of our life.   

     3 John 2 “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”  In ‘every way’ you may succeed and prosper. This does not leave out any area of our lives. Succeed (Greek definition) meaning to be on the right (profitable) path. Prosper (Greek definition) meaning to have a happy (successful) journey.

     Our lives can be falling apart all around us, and we can still have an abundant life. The abundant life is a state of being from within, not a result of external circumstances.

      Our life is a journey-one step at a time. When we put our trust in God and the promises of the Word we will have a happy (successful) journey. A life of abundance-a life in the overflow.

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