Living the Abundant Life
Are you struggling and seemingly losing your battle with the world, flesh, and devil? Are you suffering under the weight of guilt and shame? It does not have to be this way. God has a better plan for you. Jesus came to give you abundant life. (John 10:10)
The abundant life begins with believing the Gospel. “I am not ashamed of the Gospel,” Paul wrote, “for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone.” Is this for everyone, Paul? “Everyone who believes!” (Romans 1:16).
The word translated here as salvation is a comprehensive word in Greek which means to be made whole and complete. It speaks of being delivered from every curse and being the beneficiary of every blessing. Salvation is the solution to sin, spiritual death, sickness, poverty, fear, guilt–to everything that would rob you of abundant life in Christ.
God provided this salvation package for you on the Cross. He delivers it to you through the Gospel. You experience each benefit as your own as you hear and believe what the Gospel says concerning it.
So when you believe God forgave your sins on the cross, forgiveness becomes yours. When you believe Jesus healed your diseases on the cross, health becomes yours and you start experiencing healing. And when you believe he bore your poverty on the cross, you start experiencing supernatural supply of your needs. It works like this for every blessing.
Now, the foundational blessing that qualifies you for and opens the door for every other blessing to flow into your life is the forgiveness of sins and the gift of righteousness.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
“His righteousness” is a free gift from Him to you, received by faith in the Cross, and requires no works from you. Focus first on this gift, believing God has forgiven you of all your sins (past, present, and future) and is no longer charging you with sins because He charged all your sins to Jesus.
David wrote by revelation:
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.” (Romans 4:7-8)
The more your faith is grounded in the revelation of righteousness as a gift and total forgiveness in Christ, the easier it will be for you to believe and receive the other benefits of salvation.
Child of God, keep this in mind: The Cross supplies, the Gospel delivers, faith receives. Never concern yourself with the supply–it’s always going to be there. Instead, focus on hearing the Gospel and believing in its benefits, beginning with the gift of righteousness. Do so and you will start living the abundant life.