Do you have a joyful life? Or do you often live a life of defeat, of fruitlessness and frustration? Do you wonder why you are not living a victorious joyful abundant life? Jesus said in John 10:10 . . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. While there are no certain steps to follow in order to have a joyful abundant life, it is certain that doing these 5 things will add to an abundant life in Christ.
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1. Be submitted to Christ
The cross brings you salvation and the resurrection brings you victory. You are identified with Christ’s death and burial and resurrection and if you have claimed Him as your own then being submitted to Him for all He has done for you ought to be a number one priority.
Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2. Be a servant
Christ lived a life of service.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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Christ in us should result in serving others and will in turn cause us to be a joyful Christian.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
3. Be a separated Christian
Say no to the demands of the flesh even if they seem harmless.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
4. Be a spirit filled Christian
Be continually under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
5. Be a sanctified Christian through daily growth from God’s Word
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. Regular time in the word, in prayer, in fellowship with other believers, in serving will bring about the growth needed in your spiritual life. You can get a free devotional ebook HERE.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Acts 2:46-47 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Are you a child of God? Do you want a joyful abundant life in Christ?
If you claim to be a child of God and have trusted Him to save you, then seek to make these five things true in your life on a daily basis. Then claim by faith the life that is yours in Christ and in so doing you will soon stop seeking and striving on your own, but instead will be enjoying a joyful abundant life in Christ.
Note: Many of the points above were taken from a preacher friend of mine, Dr. Ernest Childs. You can read some of his works here. (aff. link)
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