Everyone dreams of having a life that is prosperous and fulfilling, but often problems, setbacks, and failures can squelch those dreams and replace them with feelings of discouragement and defeat. As a result many believe they’re suppose to just endure life. I want you to know God wants you to thrive, not just survive.
Jesus said, “He came to give us life and life more abundantly“. (John 10:10b)
Jesus has given you life and He wants your life to be filled with joy and happiness. He is the source of our life, it is in Him that “we live, move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28 )
You can over come the setbacks in life and breakthrough barriers to live the abundant life He has for you. I want to share with you seven important truths about life that are key to experiencing life to the fullest. Study these seven truths and apply them to your life to experience the abundant – overflowing life.
1. Life is a gift from God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17) Genesis 2:7 says, “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” God gave us life as a gift. He is the on who breathed life into us. He has given you life and that life is yours. Treasure your gift of life and use it wisely.
2. Life is valuable.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:3-5) Your life is valuable because of the one who created you. God Himself. Your life is valuable because of the price paid for you. The blood of Jesus. Your life is valuable because of your uniqueness. Your life has great value invest it wisely.
3. Life is filled with trials and tribulations.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus warns us to be prepared for the obstacles of life. Paul gives us his testimony in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.(” “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Every setback is a setup for a comeback. The trials in life are all to be overcome.
4. Life is short.
Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. (Psalm 39:4) No One and I mean NO ONE is guaranteed tomorrow. Live you life to the fullest each day and make each moment count. Seize every opportunity and count your blessings each and every day. Don’t focus on the negative, but on the positive. Life is too short to get bogged down in the petty. Life is short but eternity isn’t. Make sure you invest your life for eternity.
5. Life is to be lived.
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. (Psalm 90:12)” God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Life is God’s Gift to Man. What We Do with It Is Our Gift to God. Abraham Lincoln said this, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” You can do one of three things with your life. You can waste it, spend it or invest it. What will you do? Make your life count. Live each day to the fullest by investing it in things that count for eternity.
6. Life is a Journey
Life is a journey filled with opportunities, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that help us reach our destination and fulfill our purpose in life. The road of life will have twists, turns, valleys, and mountains but it is the people along the way that make the journey what it is. People are what life is about. The relationships we develop along the way will go into eternity. Don’t be so focused on the destination you miss the purpose of life. Life is a journey – Enjoy the trip!
7. Life has Purpose
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) You were created for a divine purpose. God put you on earth at this moment in history for a reason. One of the keys to living an abundant life is to live a life of purpose. Your assignment is to discover your purpose and then live out that purpose. Hebrews 12:1-2 say ” since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Run your race and finish it. Your life has a purpose – fulfill it!
You can live a rich, radiant, full, happy, joyful, and abundant life. However, you are only able to do it in Christ. He is the source of life, so make sure to surrender you life to Him and keep Him first. Then apply these 7 truths to your life. You can do it!