The Abundant Life

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, ” The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).   The Greek word for abundantly “perissos” means, 1) exceeding some number or measure or rank or need  a) over and above, more than is necessary, superadded  1) exceeding abundantly, supremely   b) superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon, more eminent, more remarkable, more excellent

What is an abundant life? It’s prospering, far an above the norm and exceedingly in every area, spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially!  I want to concentrate on being financially abundant because for too long there has been a “poverty mentality” in the Body of Christ. It’s time for the Church to realize WHO we are in Christ, WHAT we have as an inheritance, and WHY we are to prosper financially.

Every person that accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior becomes a child of God. (Romans 8:14-16). We, therefore, enjoy certain rights and privileges which come with being part of the family. One of those rights is as an heir. Consider it in the natural. An earthly father lays aside as great an inheritance as possible which his children will receive when he dies. Well, since we are children of God, we have been made HEIRS of God, and a JOINT-HEIRS with Christ. (Romans 8:16-17). That’s who we are! Children of God and heirs of God! In most instances a child receives his inheritance in the natural realm when the person who has left the inheritance dies. As Christians, we don’t have to wait for our inheritance. Jesus died and rose again to obtain the inheritance for us, and He has presented it to us! Glory to God! We have our inheritance now!

2 Corinthians 8:9 states, ” For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.” Now, many people will say that this is referring to being “rich” in spiritual things, but if you look at the context surrounding this verse, you will find that Paul was talking about a gift or offering ( i.e., money) they had received from the churches in Macedonia.  Paul said their giving was a “grace” and he exhorts us to, “… see that ye abound in this grace also.” We should desire to be financially prosperous so that, “…..ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

In 3 John 2 we read, ” Beloved, I wish (pray) above all things that you may PROSPER and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” It is God’s will that His children be blessed spiritually, physically, and FINANCIALLY. It is all throughout the Bible! PROSPERITY.  If it wasn’t so then Jesus would have said in John 10:10, ” … I am come that they might have life, and a life of just having enough to get by.” Financial prosperity is just as much a part of our inheritance as divine healing and eternal salvation. God owns it ALL and He has given us richly ALL THINGS to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).  Unfortunately, a large majority of believers have been taught, and believe wrongly, that we shouldn’t be financially prosperous; that money is evil and that you can’t be humble and serve God unless you’re poor.  If that’s the case, then I have to ask the question….  WHY are you working??   No, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil…not money. (1 Timothy 6:10).   Poverty is part of the curse that came on the earth when Adam sinned, BUT…. we have been redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).

There is a reason why the Church has to awaken to the message of prosperity and begin to receive what has been freely given us by our Heavenly Father. That reason is SOULS and the Kingdom of God! “But you shall remember the Lord thy God; for it is He that gives you power to get WEALTH, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18). In this day and age it takes massive amounts of money to carry out God’s work in the earth! Television and radio are expensive, but they allow the Gospel to be preached over the whole world. Sending missionaries and other workers to foreign fields and building churches, hospitals, orphanages, and schools requires MONEY!

God wants His people to have more than enough to live an abundant life, to take care of their families, to give to the work of the Gospel, and to help anyone in need. He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27)….how much more His children who choose to serve Him completely! It’s not an abundant life when you can’t pay your bills, eat where you want to eat, live where you want to live, and give what you want to give to God’s work. The Bible says that our prosperity will draw men to us, then we can preach the Gospel to them, and bring them into the Kingdom of God. That’s what it’s all about. Praise the Lord for the ABUNDANCE of all things!!!!!

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