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January 4, 2016, 2:13 AM

Living your life to the fullest in 2016


This is the beginning of a new year. A chance to start fresh. A chance to start out on the right foot, doing all the things you wish you would have done in 2015, or maybe not doing some things you were doing. Why not go into 2016 with an attitude that this will be your year. This will be the year that you grow more than ever in your relationship with God. This will be the year where you will reach new heights and new levels in your relationship with Christ. I want you to read and concentrate on the words of Jesus in John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. If you do not already know this I will be glad to be the one to break it to you. You can have no life apart from Christ. Jesus is your source of life. You may be saying what do you mean He is my source of life? I am alive and well and I have never had anything to do with Jesus. Yes you may be physically alive and well, but spiritually you are dead. The Word of God says in Ephesians 2:1 And you hath He quickened (made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins. Your sin seperates you from a living relationship with God. And I am not going to get to deep into all the details because I am really wanting to focus on the latter part of John 10:10. But on the other hand I never want to miss an oppurtunity to tell you how you can have eternal life . Because we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) We all deserve death and to spend an eternity in hell suffering the eternal punishment for our sins (Romans 6:23) The only way we can be freed from this sin curse is by this curse being placed on someone else as our substitute or sacrifice. Jesus says in John 14:6 That I am the Way the Truth and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the Father but by me. Because Jesus was born of a virgin He was not under the sin curse that we have fallen into. And becasue he is 100 percent God and 100 percent man, He is the only one that can pay the sin debt that we owe. And all that believe the gospel have life through Him. Now I said all of that really to get to the last part of this verse. He is not only the source of our life, but He and He alone is the source of our life more abundantly. I believe Christians recieve the life through Christ, but they miss out on the life more abundant. We as Christians should be the most joyful, excited, peaceful, and pleasent people to be around but I'm afraid many times Christians are the most hateful, cruel, condemning, and bitter people to be around. The reason for that is that many of us are not reaching our life more abundant. You live your life but you are not really living it to the fullest. Everyday is a struggle to get going. You feel defeated and depressed. You life is full of worry, doubt, fear, and distractions. It is time for you to make a change in 2016. I'm reminded of the nation of Israel and how God brought them out of Egypt by many miracles. This is a beautiful picture of the salvation of a believer that God brought out of the bondage of sin. But God's plan for Israel was not just to be freed from Egypt (which is a type and picture of sin) but for them to go on to Canaan Land. And I believe Canaan land is a picture of the victorious more abundant life that we have when we surrender our life to God and rest in the promises of His Word. Just as the nation of Israel, You are stuck in the wilderness in between the bondage you have been set free from and the blessing you have not recieved yet. Maybe your saying well how do I get that blessing? How do I live a more abundant life and live life to the fullest? You may not like to hear this, but the only way you are going to have victory is if you fight for it. Nobody is going to give it to you. You have to stand up and fight for victory. Salvation is easy. It is a complete work of God and all we have to do is believe. But the next step involves you taking up your cross and following Jesus. It is a constant battle against three primary enemies. The devil, the world, and your flesh are constanly trying to hold you in defeat and in bondage. The sad thing is many people just become content living a defeated life because they do not even realize they are in a spiritual battle. God has more for you than what you have been experiencing. He wants to pour out an abundance of blessings on you but He can not help you if you are not willing to help yourself. I can not help you if you are not willing to help yourself, and the church can not help if you are not willing to help yourself. You can not find victory in the bar rooms. You can not find victory in drugs or alcohol, you can not find victory or experience an abundant life through money or wealth, but I promise you will have such peace, joy, and love in your heart if you would just follow Christ. 

I believe Hebrews 12:1-2 gives us the solution to obtaining this abundant life. First thing I see we need to do is lay aside every weight. Whatever was holding you back in 2015, lay it down in 2016. I do not have to go in great detail on this subject because you already know exactly what was holding you back. Maybe your being drug down with the weight of worry. Your scared about what is going to happen around every corner. Maybe your being weighted down with weakness. You think your not strong enough, smart enough, or talented enough to do what God is calling you to do. Maybe your being weighted down with unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, guilt, past mistakes....etc. Whatever that weight is I know someone who will take that weight off of you and take it on Himself. Lay that weight at the saviors feet. Do not let it hold you back from running your race set before you in 2016. Another thing Hebrews 12:1 says is to lay aside that sin. Just as you know the weight that is holding you back, I believe you already have in mind that certain sin that the devil uses to trip you up when you start to make progress towards your abundant life. Lay down that sin, abstain from any appearance of evil, resist the devil and he will flee from you. You say well it is just a little sin that I like to do for fun. It is not hurting anybody. Yes it severely hurting you. Remember the enemy wants to kill steal and destroy you. He is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He wants to steal your joy, kill your testimony, and destroy your life. Believe me that little sin is not worth keeping you from living your life to the fullest. 

I can not think of any way to sum this up better than the Word of God does in Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus. let that be your motto going into 2016. Every morning when you wake look unto Jesus. When the pressures of the world start making you overwhelmed look unto Jesus. When the weight is piling up on you and the sin is creeping in your life tripping you up look unto Jesus. He is still the answer to whatever problem you are facing. You may be saying well that is easy for you to say. You did not have the year that I had. You did not go through the things I went through. Fair eneough. Your right I didn't. But The Bible says in Hebrews 4:15 that we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. You say 2015 was the loniest year of my life. Look unto Jesus who felt the deep pain of lonliness and rejection more in a few hours on the cross than you will experience in 100 life times. You say well I suffered phyical pain this past year. Look unto Jesus who suffered more physical pain on the cross than you will ever suffer. You say well I am just physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained from this year. Look unto Jesus who was more physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained than any human being could ever imagined. He sweat drops of blood praying to the Father to let this cup pass, but then He proclaimed "Not my will but thine Oh Lord". I may not can relate with a thing you are going through, but I know someone who knows every pain you feel, every tear you cry, and every dark trail that comes your way. He loved you so much and wanted a relationship with you so much that He endured the cross despising the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. And I want to remind you Because He lives we can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives. It is not just worth living, but worth living to the fullest. Do not waste another day living in defeat. Live your life to the fullest, claim the promises of God, rest in the promises of God, trust Him with your life, surrender completely to His will, fully trust in Him and fall into His arms of grace. Live your life to the fullest in 2016! I pray for God's blessings to you and your family in 2016. 

God bless, Jarrett Wells

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01-04-2016 at 10:49 PM
Brittany
this is a great word. It touched my heart and prepared me for new Goals in my walk with Christ.
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