The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 (AMP)
I know that is what you have given me to live. What have I given you to live? You have given me an enjoyable life to live. Yes, that is exactly what I have given you to live. How would you describe the enjoyable life I have given you to live? You have given a life that is filled with hope and meaning and purpose. You have made it so I can live in an intimate relationship with you. You have forgiven my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. You have filled me with your Holy Spirit. I am no longer dead in my trespasses and sins. You have made me truly alive to you. I can come to know you. I can come to love and follow and serve you. I can follow you to where you lead me. I can do what you ask of me. I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I can be a witness for you in the world. I can store up treasure in heaven with you. What could be more enjoyable? Day by day and moment by moment I can walk through life with you. I know that you love and care for me. I am your child. I am your friend. You are guarding and guiding me through life. You are my shelter in every storm. You are my refuge in every adversity. You are with me to comfort me no matter what this sin broken world throws at me. My heart and mind and life are focused on you. You have my full attention. I know that your hand is on me. Your favor is with me. What could be more hopeful? What kind of life could have more meaning and purpose? Living my life with and for you is a life filled with joy. How is that for a description of an enjoyable life? That is very good.
But there is much more. I knew you weren’t finished. I have an eternal, never ending future, that is being kept and guarded in heaven for me. One day, and not too distant from today, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Then there will be no sickness or sadness. Then there will be no pain or suffering or loss. In your presence I will be made completely new. So, keeping my heart and mind and life focused on you now is reminding me of the glorious future I will have with you forever in heaven. So, I am filled with joy. I can live and enjoy the life I have with you now because I know that it will never end. That is true. That is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know it is the devil’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy life. I will not let that happen to me. I will keep my heart, mind and life focused on you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me, so I can enjoy the life you have given to me. Amen
Key Question… How has loving, following, and serving the Lord given your life enjoyable hope and meaning and purpose?
Living It Out… Keep your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord so you can enjoy the life He has given you to live.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that keeping your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord will fill your life with joy.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group the joy you have found in loving, following, and serving the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you have and enjoy the life the Lord has given you to live.
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