July 30, 2009, "Abundance"

Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon."
~ Isaiah 55:7 NKJV ~

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
~ John 10:10 NKJV ~

Salvation versus destruction.
Rescued versus forsaken.
Freedom versus bondage.
Restored versus neglected.
Refreshed versus worn out.
Power versus powerless.
Righteousness versus unrighteousness.
Clean versus unclean.
Health versus sickness and disease.
Wealth versus poverty.

These eternal attributes are from within by the Holy Spirit of God and are to be revealed outwardly. We do not have to work to attain these attributes. They are given to us on the inside. They are not outward experiences manifesting on the inside. They are truly an inward experience through Christ Jesus that manifests on the outside. "Thank you Lord that Your thoughts are not our thoughts, and your ways are not our ways."

Just a few of an eternal list of what we have been provided from the Lord. He came to "give us life that we may live life more abundantly". Overflowing, 'waterfall-like' abundance. Yet, many times we try for some reason to place what He wants to give us into a fish bowl. His abundance of love, mercy, power, righteousness, joy and peace He wants to bestow on us in ways we could never dream of, imagine, draw on paper, reveal in a movie with all the awesome, technological effects of Hollywood. His abundance of Who He is wants to saturate us in ways that will truly blow our minds away!

Our "eyes have not seen, our ears have not heard nor have our minds conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him" (I Corinthians 2:9).

The feelings of inadequacy, weakness, depression; when they try to weigh us down, let us let go of those feelings and grasp onto His declarations that defy our feelings. From inadequacy we begin to know who we are as we learn who He truly is. Truly finding that in our weakness His strength is made perfect. The joy of the Lord becomes are great strength replacing depression and overwhelming sadness.

"Lord, thank you for your reminder of replacing abundance of your supernatural provision in the midst of what seems like overwhelming reality. Lord, I want to be thankful for Who You are and as I am thankful I pray that my heart reveals that gratefulness. I love you Lord."

Let us be reminded of His vast, abundantly eternal love for us.


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