LIFE IN ABUNDANCE I - 20/02/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “FIT FOR DIVINE FAVOUR”. Today’s message continues the series and is titled “LIFE IN ABUNDANCE I” as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that y might have it more abundantly.” and read 2 Peter 1:1-4. The Bible in one year reading for today has been taken from Isaiah 60:1-63:14 and Psalm 42
"Under normal circumstances, no human being desires to be a nonentity. The various forces in the world however, are responsible for many people spending their entire life amounting to nothing and dwelling in the valley of not-well-to-do persons. The Almighty God Himself in making man did not intend for him to be a scourge of His creation, but rather the master.
”And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air; and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:26-27
This passage clearly reveals love and goodwill par excellence on the part of God toward man. Where then did the negative turn of events come from? It is sin in the camp of man. He rebelled against his Maker; he rejected His authority over him by choosing to obey the archenemy of God—Satan, rather than God.
”And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman Said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” Genesis 3:11-13
Since this incident in the Garden of Eden, things have not been the same with man; until the same God who was sinned against sent His Son to make atonement for the sin of man (Hebrews 9:22, John 3:16). Whosoever now is in Christ is in a position to regain all that man had lost through sin (Romans 5:17). If you are already in Christ, I want to let you know that you are positioned to live a fulfilled life. If you have not truly surrendered to Jesus however, even if you Seem to be making it, know that something very vital is still missing. Besides, where it matters most in the hereafter, you will be disappointed; so repent and turn over your life to Jesus today." (Adeboye 2014)
Today's Action Point is to make sure you are fully in Christ, to be able to reclaim all your lost ground and make heaven.
I pray that the Almighty God will speedily recover all for us in Jesus Name, amen. God bless you richly for your contribution.
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited