June 14, 2019, It’s My Birthday!
Thank You Lord for this beautiful sun shining Blessed Birthday Celebration! Lord, You are continually showing me how to live my best life ever! Hallelujah!
Today’s Word for My Birthday: Jesus came so that we can have life because He is the embodiment of life. He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). This life means eternal life in heaven. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we now have a way to be reconciled with God and have eternal life with Him in heaven. God created us to have an insatiable thirst as we live in this world. When sin entered the world, so did discontentment with life. God desires for us to seek more out of life. The problem is we displace our desire for more because of our discontentment. The purpose of the tension we feel with what we want and what we have is to point us to God and to eternity. We're meant to desire more of God.
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1).
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled" (Matthew 5:6).
God wants us to have a life of abundance. But in God's economy, it never has to do with acquiring worldly possessions that will one day vanish. Instead, it's all about what's eternal.
Everything God does is for our good and his glory. Nonetheless, Jesus not only gives us the promise of eternal life in heaven, He also gives us an abundant life here on earth. But His abundance has nothing to do with worldly pursuits and everything to do with those attributes that make us more like Him and that we can carry with us into heaven.
Let me share with you on how we can have an abundant life in a “Broken, Fallen World.” Jesus gives us the fruit of the Spirit, and this is the abundant life. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).
Jesus wants us to have the best life possible in a world that is sometimes unbearable - a world full of cruelty, injustice, sadness, and pain. He knows that the only way that is possible is for us to take on His character of a life where inwardly we are satisfied because we know who we are through Him, who He is through God the Father, and where we are going - to heaven.
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. It is the result of the pruning God does to make us more like Him, and it is what we will take to heaven with us (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). An abundant life is a life that keeps on giving, so live your best life ever, that’s my birthday desire for you!