If you look around in the world, you can see how sickness, disease, violence, deception, fear, anxiety, stress, debt, poverty, and despair are all part of mankind’s situation.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV)
In 2014, I realized I wasn’t living the abundant life that Jesus came to give me through His finished work on the cross. I was stressed out, burdened by numerous illnesses and depressed, I had to retire 18 months earlier than I had originally planned because I was not able to continue to do my job and go to work. I wasn’t sure how I had gotten here but I could see some steps that led up to it. During my 38 years as a registered nurse, I had held many stressful positions including intensive care and charge nurse. Stress and numerous physical injuries affected me more than I had realized over the years. My physical condition affected my ability to be a good wife and my early retirement put a strain on our finances.
I decided that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! I realized I had let Satan, who was God’s and therefore my enemy, keep me from living the abundant life Jesus had provided for me. I had forgotten who I was in Christ and what He died to give me! Over the next few months I started looking at Jesus in the Bible and studying about who He is. I got a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ, His grace (undeserved, unmerited favor) and His finished work on the cross at Calvary. I discovered that not only did He die to pay the penalty for my sins, but He gave me right standing with God by giving me His righteousness as well as taking all my sicknesses and diseases on His body on the cross.
Surely, He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4, 5 (NKJV);
As I started to apply the Word of God to my life, I noticed a change in me. I got healthier, could do more physically then I’d been able to do for years and my depression lifted. I came to a deeper realization that God is love and He is good. Not only is He good, but good to me and He is good at being God. I could give Him my life and trust Him with it.
We see in Isaiah 55:1, 2 that God gives us an invitation to abundant life. God wants us to enjoy abundant life now here on earth as well as spend eternal life with Him forever in heaven!
I don’t want to keep this abundant life to myself so I decided to share with you what I have learned. Take a few moments and think about what you need to believe or receive from Him at this point in your life. Maybe you need to get to know Him, get His healing touch or to be set free from repeated failures, debt elimination and provision, or you need His peace, wisdom or joy. Whatever you need, He made a way for you to experience all that He is and has for you.
In my upcoming blogs, we will discover the keys to unlock the abundant life Jesus came to give us. If this has blessed you, please LIKE and SHARE this. Thank You. See you next week!