The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. - John 10:10
How can we believe that this scripture is true, when we live with constant pain? It's almost impossible to hold to God's goodness when the hits just keep coming and our body and mind are already battered beyond recognition.
Is this the abundant life you speak of, Jesus? This? Really??
This kind of questioning, which I'm guilty of now and then, comes from a fleshy place. Do you know what I mean?
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace – Romans 8:5-6
I'm a bit obsessed with gaining abundant health. I love me some abundant relief. Count me in for the abundant ease and wealth. Where do I sign?
But that is such a very limited viewpoint, isn't it?
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? - Galatians 3:3
We have access to the Great I AM, and we're requesting only that He fix this earthly body? That He take care only of my worries for this week?
For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh – Philippians 3:3
No, I want to aim higher. I want more. And I need to understand that the Jesus who uttered these words knew what was in store for us, and He Himself called it Abundance.
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. - 1 Peter 3:18
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. - Galatians 6:8-9
Father God, drag my reluctant heart back to the beautiful truth. Thank You for giving us Your Spirit, so that we may live unfettered by these earthly pains and cares. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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