Message From Matt | September 7, 2018

It’s a Wonderful Life! 

 

In our fallen world that is often filled with frustration and pain, the idea of having a wonderful life seems to be a far-fetched notion to many people…even Christians.  Sure, there are people that are “living the dream”, but there are far too many people whose lives are much less positive than that!  You probably know that the usual suspects that take the wind out of our sails in regards to living the good life end with the word “problems”: Health problems, marriage problems, money problems, job problems, etc…  We oftentimes talk about the problems in our lives like they are chained to us and we will never break free from their grip!  It is through these “

problems” of life that we are pushed to believe that there is no hope in these situations and we are encouraged to live defeated lives.  NO HOPE ALWAYS LEADS TO DEFEAT!  HOPE LEADS TO VICTORY!

 

Living defeated has never been mistaken for a wonderful life!  But, you know what I am going to say next…God didn’t send Jesus for us to live defeated lives!  Actually, Jesus came so that we can have an abundant life (John 10:10

)!  If Jesus came to do that for us, why is it that we can often feel  that this life isn’t wonderful at all?  Maybe there are a lot of reasons for this, and of course, not every believer is living defeated, but I think this problem is widespread enough throughout all of the family of God for it to be a concern.  

 

The Abundant life 

 

Although it might escape some of us on a daily basis, the abundant life isn’t impossible to have!  The abundant life is directly given by Christ and is available to all believers, but what exactly is it and how do we apply it?  Let’s start with what it is not:

 

  1. It’s not having a spiritual “To Do” list and checking off each box as if we are completing a chore and then waiting for God to bless us.  Have you heard anyone say, ”I have done my part, now it’s God’s turn to do His part!”?  (wrong motive)
  2. It’s not having an abundance of stuff! (wrong desire)
  3. It’s not having a problem free life (wrong thinking)

 

The Abundant life (the wonderful life) is:

 

  1. A deeper personal knowledge of Christ(Philippians 3:8) that leads to living in the confidence of Christ’s work in me (Philippians 1:6) which assures me that my future eternity is set in heaven (John 14:1-6) and that I can face life’s problems because I am more than a conquerer through Christ (Romans 8)!  

 

Today, no matter what battle you are facing, you can have the abundant life!  You might not have the greatest health or the amount of money in your bank account that you want, but those things can’t stop you from having the abundant life!  Those things can influence your thinking but if we focus on the right things (

Philippians 4

) they can not stop you from having the abundant life God has given you! 

 

Commit today to grow your knowledge of Christ and in doing so you will experience the abundant life!

 

See you Sunday!