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How to Live an Abundant Life

Abundant Life Part 1

Jesus died so we can live.

The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ

opened the door to a new life. When Jesus walked out

of the grave He gave us the opportunity to walk out

with Him. He gave us the option to live an abundant


"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I

came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,"

(John 10:10 NASB).

This abundant life is a decision, and it's one that we

have to make for ourselves. We actively choose to live

the God-kind of life. Jesus can't make this decision for

us, neither can our spouse, our friends or even our

pastor. They can deeply desire it for us, but they can't

force it on us.

So, if we sense that we are not experiencing all that

Christ has to give, we should stop and ask ourselves,

"Have I truly decided to live the abundant life? Or am

I holding onto old mindsets, grudges, and habits?"

If we have already accepted Jesus as our savior and

continue to hold onto the past, we have walked back

into the grave.

"For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the

world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus

Christ, they are again entangled in them and are

overcome, the last state has become worse for them

than the first," (2 Peter 2:20 NASB).

However, we don't need to read that verse and feel

guilty, condemned or ashamed. We should see it and

realize that we have an amazing opportunity to move

forward. We can make the decision to do exactly what

Jesus did and walk out of the grave permanently;

never looking back at what we left behind. We do this

knowing that the life Jesus created for us is far greater

than anything we've left behind.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus

for good works, which God prepared beforehand so

that we would walk in them," (Ephesians 2:10 NASB).

This is an invitation for us to continually live the

resurrected life in and with Jesus Christ. If you

haven't been living the abundant life, make the

decision today to live it. Let go of what is behind and

move forward.


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