Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly.
What does that mean- "abundantly"? The dictionary describes the term as - plentiful, rich, in fullness to overflowing, wealth.
ABUNDANT FAITH - Overflowing faith - what does that even look like? Faith is not stagnant - it flows into us and out of us, and we are changed in the process. When genuine faith is placed in the hands of a living God, when faith is allowed to permeate every aspect of our lives, it is contagious!
Others will be inspired , knowing that God will do what He has promised to do.
ABUNDANT HOPE - Every day is unpredictable, full of issues that can capsize our well-laid plans and dreams. When we find ourselves off course, we can haphazardly reach out for anything close enough to hold on to. Scripture promises a hope that is reliable, restorative and eternal; we have an anchor in Jesus. We don't need to be displaced and disoriented by the storms of life. God has made provision for us to ride life's waves rather that being crushed by them.
ABUNDANT LOVE - We love God, or maybe we just love the "idea" of God. Do we desire Him or what He brings? The truth is that He loves us deeply and longs for intimacy with us. He also wants us to love ourselves as a prerequisite to genuinely and generously love others. We can't freely give what we don't fully possess. Without the Creator of love, it is impossible to freely pour authentic, selfless and unconditional love into others.
Living a life filled with a steady diet of faith, hope and love will make our lives healthier, fuller, more satisfied and whole. Our lives will be transformed, and we will impact all those around us.
Our God loves us so much and desires for us to live above the cirsumstances of our lives - He longs for us to live abundantly! Not only is that His desire, but He goes the extra mile to teach and help us reach that goal as well.
Like Peter walking on the water - keep your eyes on your Lord and keep walking!
Spa for the Soul Retreat for women
October 5-6, 2007
Lake Geneva Christian Center