“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance” John 10:10b(AMP)
The life of everyone God created are in His hands and we can only live it in His power. His will is that we live a good and fulfilled life when we focus not on ourselves but in Him.
If we choose to live our life by self–help, we could be successful by achieving our personal goals but may still have a feeling of emptiness and unfulfilled life. Jesus said for us to cleave to Him steadfastly and conform ourselves to His own way of life because self–sacrifice rather than self–help is the right way,- “My way to finding yourself, your true self” Matt 16:25(Msg)
Our hope should always be in the fact that God is merciful and He teaches us the wisdom by which we can live a fruitful and joyful life. We also need to reorder our priorities. Our values should be such that helps draw us closer to living for God. If we consider carefully, we may find out that some of the things we thought to be very important in our lives could be just worthless. As Christians, God is our priority and we should worship Him in spirit by His Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus and be proud in Him, and not in ourselves on who we are and what we have achieved.
The Bible has warned us to be careful and guard ourselves from all kinds of excessive desires, be it money, wealth or other material possessions. Life has more value than whatever we may possess.
It is better to rejoice in the Lord always than to start worrying about anything “but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Phil. 4:6(AMP)
Having excessive desires particularly above and beyond one‘s sources of income is the surest way to invite undue pressure on oneself which could lead to the lure to do something wrong. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” James 1:14. This in turn can lead to sin and death.
In Luke 12:15–21, we were given an account of a rich man ‘who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God‘. In the Wold’s perspective, wealth is everything and so most people aspires to be rich by every means possible and at all cost. Jesus explained that it is foolish to live our lives just to acquire wealth at the neglect of our spiritual growth and a good relationship with God.
It is therefore advisable that you do not set your hearts on what you will eat, drink or posses, nor be anxious for anything. Instead, seek God‘s kingdom and be at peace with Him. That is the best way to live a fulfilled and stress free life here on earth and accumulate an inexhaustible treasure in the heavens.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” John 8:36(NASU)
The beginning of freedom is the acceptance of Christ as your Lord and Savior. This is in conformity with Jesus’ primary assignment on earth ‘to save and set free those ones who put their trust in Him.’
God raised Him up as a mighty and valiant Man for our salvation. Anyone He sets free, will completely be free “that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” Matt. 9:6
There is no one else under heaven by whom we may be saved other than Christ Jesus. He is the only One who is well qualified, positioned and willing to be the Savior of the world. He is holy, innocent and faultless, and not like us who were conceived, born and lived in sin. The blood of His sacrifice was pure, flawless and found worthy before God which He offered once for all which also is the blood of our ransom from condemnation and death. He saves everyone who comes to God through Him.
We were bought with a price out of captivity to live in freedom. The price of our release is the precious blood of Christ. Therefore no one having been bought lives for himself. We have an obligation to live for Him who died for us. This will also ensure that we continue to live a free life rather than become slaves again to sin and entangle ourselves in the bondage of the devil.(1 Cor. 7:22,23)
Having been rescued from the hand of our foes, let us draw closer to God, to live in His presence all the days of our lives. To serve Him fearlessly in holiness and righteousness. In Him is a life that is as a glowing light for all men to see.
“In the past, this mystery(about Christ) was not known by people as it is now. The Spirit has revealed it to His Holy apostles and prophets” Eph 3:5(GOD‘S WORD)
God‘s nature is encased in Himself and hidden from the wise and the learned. It can only be revealed to the simple at heart through His Holy Spirit. Its only by the help of the Spirit of Christ in us that we received the good news of the Gospel and those who preached to us did so themselves by the power of the Holy Sprit(1 Peter 1:10–12)
If you desire to have a profound knowledge of God in a personal way and without bounds, to understand who He is and the richness of His glory, then you need the Holy Spirit revelation of Him. It is therefore extremely important that we become mature Christians to that level of knowing God intimately to develop a strong desire for His presence. For that, we need to cultivate and nurture our own salvation “with awe and trembling (self–distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ)” Phil 2:12(AMP)
Our pastors and other spiritual mentors can only lead us to Christ and from time to time we may receive from them the counsel that will help us in our Christian walk. It is then up to us to put into practice the Gospel message we have heard and received which in turn will deepen our understanding of the things of God and ultimately will attract His presence to us and enhance our relationship and fellowship with Him. In His presence is the revealing of the path of life and it is full with the sufficiency of joy.(Psalm 16:11).
Everything we need in life is in God and it can be accessed fully when we are complete in Him and filled up with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a sign of the seal we have received as children of God.(Eph 4:30). When we hear His voice and follow His lead, it will help us to live our lives in the perfect will of God.
Remember that the Holy Spirit is who every Christian should desire to be filled with and ought to earnestly ask God for. He represents Christ here on the earth and act on His behalf as our Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate etc. Jesus said that He will teach us all things(John 14:26). When you receive Him, He will remain in you and you would not need that any other person teaches you anything because He is capable of teaching you everything that will make you a perfect, confident and bold Christian.(1 John 2:27,28)