Abundant Life


“….I am come that they might have life and have it abundantly” ~ John 10:10

There’s so much joy and celebration over the birth of a child. Unlike other birthdays, the birth of Jesus was unique and witnessed heavenly celebration. For Jesus came into this world to bring us joy, hope and eternal encouragement through the abundant life found in Him alone. Hence Christmas is the celebration of the birth of eternal hope and encouragement. It’s a celebration of the joy that overflows from the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10.

Abundant life…..what is this abundant life? It doesn’t mean living long or having an abundance of things. It means living life with a purpose…..a God set, God designed purpose. And it is from this purpose that I draw my identity; it tells me who I am, to whom I belong. It gives me the true sense of fulfillment and satisfaction; it gives me the reason to hope and not give up and most of all it reminds me that I’m not forgotten by God but that God counts on me. And when I live out God’s purpose, the eternal hope, encouragement and joy are mine.

Mary and Joseph were just common folk. Their lives did not see an upward mobility in status nor did they get an abundance of material blessings or good luck because of Jesus. But they experienced hope and joy at the birth of Jesus; the hope of eternal life and joy of salvation. They lived out God’s purpose.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I believe that eternal joy, encouragement and hope are found in You alone. Thank you Lord. Help me live out Your purposes. Amen,”

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When troubles double



 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature, and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-4

 

They say troubles come in doubles. Sounds true, isn’t it? There are times when we see troubles coming one after another leaving us feeling exasperated, frustrated and annoyed. Our peace is disturbed and joy is swept away. We become angry, cynical and complain.

The Bible exhorts us to do just the opposite. Consider it a joy. When we look at those troubles through the eyes of faith, believing in God’s goodness, that He is good all the time, we stir up within us patience, endurance, hope and perseverance. The troubles remain the same, but through it all we come out stronger in faith. This faith precipitates joy that is doubled up within fueling the will to carry on. We begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Job, a devout man mentioned in the Bible exhibited this attitude when faced with troubles. In a single day, he lost all his property and children. His enemies suddenly attacked and looted all his oxen, donkeys, and camels. A fire from the sky burned all his sheep. And all his children were killed when the walls of the house crashed on them. But Job expressed sincere faith in God’s goodness. He exclaimed, ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’

Jesus says in John 16:33, ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ We can draw strength from Jesus to not only face but overcome troubles. If you are facing troubles, take heart and cheer up. Things will seem brighter soon. For God is greater than any trouble. He will bring you through, when you trust on Him.

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, it’s so reassuring to know that I can lean on you in the midst of any trouble; that You will take care of it all. Lord, strengthen my faith in You. Amen.”

 

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I have hope


“I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.” Psalm 52:9

When things go wrong for us, we tend to mull over negative things all the time. Like a string of thoughts, one memory after another follows with times when we were let down. No one can say that nothing bad ever happened to them in their lives. But when we go through a bad patch in our life we see only the negative until we get out of that phase.

David says that he will remember the good things and praise God for what He had done. He tells himself that he has hope in God’s name. He remembers that God is good and that he can trust in Him.

Not only does he think about the good of the Lord, he goes one step further and talks about the goodness of the Lord. When we speak we reinforce the beliefs we have in our hearts. We express our confidence in them. Speaking about the Lord shows our confidence in Him. David is not just speaking about the Lord, he is praising the Lord. He chooses to speak before His saints, the people who love God by living honorable lives for His glory.

What do we do when we are feeling down and weary in our own lives? We take the example of David and remember the good things that the Lord had done for us. We hope in His name and look up to Him while waiting for the good things He will do to change our lives for the better.

Prayer:

“Dear Jesus, I am blessed because I can hope in You at all times. Thank You for being with me at all times. Help me to keep my eyes on You, Amen.”

Close to the Brokenhearted


“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

There are times when we feel so broken and dejected. Times when the person we love the most gives us the worst blow in life and we totter and fall. At times like these when no one can really fathom the pain we go through, the Lord is like a friend who sits there and gives us company, He lets us bawl our hearts out, cry and weep till we empty ourselves. He holds us in a warm embrace, He caresses our brow and whispers words of comfort… Great is His love for us, He stays close to us in our despair and heart breaks.

There are many instances when our heart feels crushed, when hope is lost and there is nothing to hold on to. There are times when we look at the long life ahead and feel like we don’t have the strength, the courage to walk even one more step and then how will we make it to the end of this life? We feel like putting an end to it all. Through it all He keeps reassuring us… keeps reminding us of Hs promise, keeps telling us to trust Him.

When we feel ‘I just cannot… it is not possible…!’ He says ‘If you believe…’ He says, ‘Try Me!’ He waits to see if we love Him that extra bit more to believe the impossible will be possible just because He said so! All we ever need is HIM!

Are you going through a tough phase in your life? Does it seem like everyone has deserted you and left you all alone… Don’t worry – you may be humanly alone but alone you will never be because God is with you. He is right beside you ever willing to listen to you, to help you and do great things for you. All you need to do is call on Him, share your burdens with Him and trust that He will do the best for you!

Prayer:

“Dear Jesus, all hopes are crushed and I need You to go on. Please help me tide over these difficult days. All I have is You, Amen.”

Close to the Brokenhearted


 

 

 

 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

 

There are times when we feel so broken and dejected. Times when the person we love the most gives us the worst blow in life and we totter and fall. At times like these when no one can really fathom the pain we go through, the Lord is like a friend who sits there and gives us company, He lets us bawl our hearts out, cry and weep till we empty ourselves. He holds us in a warm embrace, He caresses our brow and whispers words of comfort… Great is His love for us, He stays close to us in our despair and heart breaks.

 

There are many instances when our heart feels crushed, when hope is lost and there is nothing to hold on to. There are times when we look at the long life ahead and feel like we don’t have the strength, the courage to walk even one more step and then how will we make it to the end of this life? We feel like putting an end to it all. Through it all He keeps reassuring us… keeps reminding us of Hs promise, keeps telling us to trust Him.

 

When we feel ‘I just cannot… it is not possible…!’ He says ‘If you believe…’ He says, ‘Try Me!’ He waits to see if we love Him that extra bit more to believe the impossible will be possible just because He said so! All we ever need is HIM!

 

Are you going through a tough phase in your life? Does it seem like everyone has deserted you and left you all alone… Don’t worry – you may be humanly alone but alone you will never be because God is with you. He is right beside you ever willing to listen to you, to help you and do great things for you. All you need to do is call on Him, share your burdens with Him and trust that He will do the best for you!

 

Prayer:

“Dear Jesus, all hopes are crushed and I need You to go on. Please help me tide over these difficult days. All I have is You, Amen.”

 

 

Close to the Brokenhearted


 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

 

There are times when we feel so broken and dejected. Times when the person we love the most gives us the worst blow in life and we totter and fall. At times like these when no one can really fathom the pain we go through, the Lord is like a friend who sits there and gives us company, He lets us bawl our hearts out, cry and weep till we empty ourselves. He holds us in a warm embrace, He caresses our brow and whispers words of comfort… Great is His love for us, He stays close to us in our despair and heart breaks.

 

There are many instances when our heart feels crushed, when hope is lost and there is nothing to hold on to. There are times when we look at the long life ahead and feel like we don’t have the strength, the courage to walk even one more step and then how will we make it to the end of this life? We feel like putting an end to it all. Through it all He keeps reassuring us… keeps reminding us of Hs promise, keeps telling us to trust Him.

 

When we feel ‘I just cannot… it is not possible…!’ He says ‘If you believe…’ He says, ‘Try Me!’ He waits to see if we love Him that extra bit more to believe the impossible will be possible just because He said so! All we ever need is HIM!

 

Are you going through a tough phase in your life? Does it seem like everyone has deserted you and left you all alone… Don’t worry – you may be humanly alone but alone you will never be because God is with you. He is right beside you ever willing to listen to you, to help you and do great things for you. All you need to do is call on Him, share your burdens with Him and trust that He will do the best for you!

 

Prayer:

“Dear Jesus, all hopes are crushed and I need You to go on. Please help me tide over these difficult days. All I have is You, Amen.”

Close to the Brokenhearted


 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

 

There are times when we feel so broken and dejected. Times when the person we love the most gives us the worst blow in life and we totter and fall. At times like these when no one can really fathom the pain we go through, the Lord is like a friend who sits there and gives us company, He lets us bawl our hearts out, cry and weep till we empty ourselves. He holds us in a warm embrace, He caresses our brow and whispers words of comfort… Great is His love for us, He stays close to us in our despair and heart breaks.

 

There are many instances when our heart feels crushed, when hope is lost and there is nothing to hold on to. There are times when we look at the long life ahead and feel like we don’t have the strength, the courage to walk even one more step and then how will we make it to the end of this life? We feel like putting an end to it all. Through it all He keeps reassuring us… keeps reminding us of Hs promise, keeps telling us to trust Him.

 

When we feel ‘I just cannot… it is not possible…!’ He says ‘If you believe…’ He says, ‘Try Me!’ He waits to see if we love Him that extra bit more to believe the impossible will be possible just because He said so! All we ever need is HIM!

 

Are you going through a tough phase in your life? Does it seem like everyone has deserted you and left you all alone… Don’t worry – you may be humanly alone but alone you will never be because God is with you. He is right beside you ever willing to listen to you, to help you and do great things for you. All you need to do is call on Him, share your burdens with Him and trust that He will do the best for you!

 

Prayer:

“Dear Jesus, all hopes are crushed and I need You to go on. Please help me tide over these difficult days. All I have is You, Amen.”