The Abundant Life

. Please read.(1King 17: 7 – 16.)    I want to tell you this story
A great prophet from the Old Testament, Elijah, was living in a cave, drinking water from a brook and being fed by ravens sent by the Lord. But the brook dried up because of the great drought. The Lord came to him and told him to go to Zarephath and to stay there. God told him a woman would supply him with food. When he got there, the widow was there gathering wood. He called to her and asked her for some water and some bread. She had no bread but had just enough flour and oil to bake some bread for her and her son for their last meal before they would surely die. Well, Elijah told her to use that flour and oil to make HIM some bread and bring it to him and then to make more for herself. He says, “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.” She did as Elijah had told her. And there was an abundance of food – more than enough for Elijah, the widow, and her family. Now, some time later, the son became ill, very ill, and actually stopped breathing. Elijah took the son and carried him to the room where he was staying. He laid him down on the bed and hovered over him three times and cried to the Lord. The Lord heard him and brought the boy back to life. The Lord was shining abundance of love and caring to Elijah and to the son and mother. Elijah, the widow, and her son believed and held strong in their faith. They were granted the abundance of food and life as she cried to Elijah. “I know that you are a man of God and I know that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”
Look at the three principles of abundance illustrated here:

1) Receiving the word of the Lord (faith);

2. Not looking at your circumstances (faith);

3. being obedient (faith).

These are the main keys to abundance. The commonality of all three is stated in one word – faith As Hebrews 11:1 states, “…..Faith is the evidence of things not seen.” In order for abundance to be part of your life, you need to have faith. You must Know that you Know that you Know. God is more moved by faith than needs. Oh, He may feel your pain but is not always moved by it (Hebrews 4).  God is moved by actions (faith). When we begin to take action to line up with His word – when we align ourselves with God through our faith and prayer life and acting on that – we put ourselves in a position to receive abundance. And abundance we receive.   And then, the ball is back in our court to be speakers of abundance and sowers of abundance.
Job 22:28 – You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you ; so light will shine
    

     Ps 20:4 – May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.

       John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
    

       I Jn 5:14 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
     

      Ps. 37:4 – Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
What is this telling us? It is telling us that our God is a giving God. He wants us to be showered with abundant life. A life that is so full, spiritually, that it can hardly hold more. When we are filled with abundant love, abundant faith, abundant action to give to others, and abundant energy to go and make disciples of all nations, we are enveloped in the essence of God. Yes, all this is from God and only from God.
In the story above from 1 King 17, we see that there was abundance as the Lord promised. There was great abundance, not any lack. In that place of dryness and cracked earth, there was abundance of oils and flour. Elijah was obedient and because of this obedience, he was used to bring forth abundance, great abundance. And this abundance NEVER was used up. It was there, every day. And as a need arose to restore a boy’s life, God was there to whisper the air back into the child’s lungs and bring him back to life. Abundant treasures given to those of faith.

So how does that impact you and me? It affects us the same way it affects that widow and her son.
Mark 4:24-25 – 24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.  25 “For whoever has, to him more will be given……
Yes, we need to take heed. The more abundance we sow and the more abundance we reap (in faith), the more we will receive. We need not fear the storms of life for they prepare us for the abundant life that is to come from that storm.

WL Scott I paraphrase often as his ideas and love of our Lord is just terrific. He says here and I do paraphrase: When we go through the storms we must come out better than when we went into them. Storms reveal strengths and weaknesses so we can shine better before those in darkness. God needs a holy vessel to work in so those people who will be in our midst should feel the love as if God himself was breathing on them. The more we go through the storms the sweeter we should be in the things of God. The storms are not here to kill us but to wash the dirt off of us so the holiness inside of us presents the glory of the King. We must not despise the storms but welcome them so the fullness of Jesus Christ may shine like the sun on a dark mid-night. I hope you and I will be able to go through the first time. (end of paraphrase)

Here is where our abundance resides – the other side of the storm. At the end of the storm, at the end of the path is the golden light, a light as bright and as abundant as God’s Glory could possibly be – because it IS God.

The Total Abundance we all dream for ourselves and others (after the storms) is not money, not a magnificent home or car or anything material on this earth. That isn’t even the long range goal on our path. Do you see the light at the end of the road? There is the Total Abundance for which we have been working and striving and sharing with others.
May your dream of abundance be the cradling within God’s arms without a care in the world. You are home and this eternal home is the abundant mansion for which we all seek.
I will see you there!

Amen

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