Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to Live an Abundant Life

Sometimes I think about why people desire to have financial stability.  Not that I think this is a terrible thing to desire, but sometimes I try to understand the underlinings of the desires of our hearts.  Although, I desire financial stability and have it at the moment.  I can't help but wonder if the underlinings of this are a desire for experiencing stability in God.  Am I truly relying on God for my stability, and am I truly experiencing the abundance and joy of God.  The Lord provides all my needs and even many of my wants.  Today I asked the Lord to give me a verse, a Word, and an understanding.  Through several paths of verses, I wound up here, an invitation to an abundant life. 

These verses seem to have nothing to do with money and more to do with the source of abundance you are seeking and why God gives abundance.  His abundance is a sign that His word will not return void and it is for His glory that you experience it.  I have attached the verses below from the New King James Version.  Ponder these verses today.  I would love to know your comments on this.  

Isaiah 55 (NKJV):

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.

Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good.
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.

Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you-
The sure mercies of David.

Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do no know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel
For He has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
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.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,
says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain comes down,
and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,

So shall My word be that goes
forth from My Mouth;
It shall not return to Me void.
But it shall accomplish what I please.
And it shall prosper in the
thing for which I sent it. 

For you shall go out with joy,
And be lead out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field
shall clap their hands.

Instead of the thorn shall come
up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall
come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.  


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