Today I will conclude the John 10:10 "mini-series" with a Lyrical Friday mix.If youi want to catch up just click on: 1, 2 or 3.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
As I shared before, this verse is quite common to me. Let put it in shopping terms, it's that store that you know of, you've seen it, you may even know people who shop there. But because you yourself have never gone inside and checked it out, its "whatever" to you. So one happy day, you decide to check it out. All of a sudden you ask yourself, "Why haven't I been here before?!?!?" The store is absoultely amazing. Well my friends, that has been my experience with this verse.
God has been speaking to me many things.
I have both believed and fed myself lies. These lies have robbed me from living the abudnant life.
Lies that I am not worth it.
Lies that I am not wanted.
Lies that I am good for nothing.
Lies that the Lord doesn't want me.
Lies that I am stupid.
Lies that I am foolish.
Lies, lies, lies.
Jesus has come to give me life. He is the way, the truth and the life.
The thoughts of past mistakes and regrets come to mind and guilt resurfaces. If I dwell on the guilt, it kills the abundant life.
Guilt of not speaking up
Guilt of something said
Guilt of not defending myself.
Guilt of not defending someone
Guilt of not having done something
Guilt of having done something
Guilt, guilt, guilt.
Jesus has come to give me life. There is therefore no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.
Fear has played a major role in destroying the abundant life that God has for me.
Fear of failure.
Fear of returning to old habits.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of the unkown.
Fear of inadequacy.
Fear of disappointing the Lord
Fear of being made whole.
Fear, fear, fear.
Jesus has come to give me life. Perfect love cast out fear.
Don't be fooled, for I am not. The life Jesus offers is all things lovely BUT it's not an easy one. Luke 9:23, "If anyone desires to come after me after me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross daily and follow me. Deny myself? A cross? Say what!? Yes my friends, the Christian walk is a life of daily sacrificing but when compared to riches and glories found in the life Jesus offers, this world, my desires are dim and of little worth. Lord, I am yours to take. I want to live the abundant life you have for me. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ in me.
My one word for 2011 is Life.
I ready to live the abundant life.
The past will not be an anchor in my life but rather a spring board.
Letting go of the past and moving forward into all God has for me.
I am only one person, but I can do something, great things, mighty things, all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.
Lyrical Friday- Jimmy Needham, Yours to Take