Fighting for the Abundant Life

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In John 10:10, Jesus lets us in on His heart and desire for us: He came that we might have abundant life.

I can’t speak for you, but for me? Abundant life sounds great. I will take it—all day, everyday.

But what about that thief Jesus mentions just before? The one that “comes only to steal and kill and destroy”?

If I’m honest, it feels like that thief reigns victorious more often than I care to admit. Stress, disappointment, doubt, conflict, and the pressures of this life have a way of swallowing up any hope of abundant living. Perhaps you can relate?

You crawl into bed at night exhausted, depleted, and even somewhat numb. Your mind takes an accounting of the day, searching for signs of abundance—but finding only defeat.

You snapped at your kids again. You argued with your husband just for the sake of arguing. You locked yourself in the pantry and ate all the chocolate, even though you promised yourself today would be different.

Yes, dear one, we have a very real enemy seeking to extinguish any chance of peaceful, joy-filled living. And if we’re not careful, we’ll end the narrative at that and return to our secret pantry chocolate binge.

And yet, we must remember that “He who is in [us] is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 ESV).

 

Our God truly is greater—

When we feel like it, and when we don’t.

When we see evidence of it, and when we don’t.

When our faith is strong, and when it isn’t.

He is greater. And He is all about taking those fiery arrows the enemy sends and launching them straight back to where they came, turning evil on its head, and drawing beauty from the ashes of our days.  

Yes, our God indeed came that we might have abundant life, but let us not be naive: we’re going to have to fight for it. One day at a time, sometimes even one hour at a time.

But it is worth the fight, for in God’s faithful Hands, Satan’s schemes become a springboard into the abundant life.

In the words of the Apostle Paul, “let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 4:9 ESV)

Today, dear one, don’t give up. Keep taking those burdens and battles to Him.

Place your failures, frailties, fears, and limits in His capable Hands–and watch as He creates abundance out of your lack.

With Grace,

Be Still

by Meredith H. Carr

Download my latest book, Be Still, about how to practice the art of stillness in the midst of turmoil.

14 Comments
  • Love these words: “But it is worth the fight, for in God’s faithful Hands, Satan’s schemes become a springboard into the abundant life.”

  • Karen says:

    I’m making a to-do list & at the top I’m going to put – Take anxiety’s and worries to God in prayer.

  • Doris Brown says:

    I love this Meredith, reminder we must always remember to keep fighting and never give up!

  • Janet McPhilimy says:

    Always enjoy your writing, Meredith.
    Lately I’ve been meditating on the first verses of Eph. 1. Paul didn’t waste any time reminding us of our identity as he began penning God’s handbook on spiritual warfare. He knew that, like himself, we who open our mouths (or pens) for Christ will have a target on our backs. When I feel the pain of an arrow’s tip, I speak out loud what God says about me in Eph. 1.
    Because of Christ, I am:
    Blessed
    Chosen
    Destined
    Called
    Lavished upon
    Appointed
    Sealed

    For me, this makes the arrow, usually a memory, fall powerless.
    This may be in your arsenal already.

    Keep writing and lifting up the marvelous grace and Name that is above every name!

  • Kimberly says:

    Amazing! You always have the perfect words delivered at the perfect time. Praying for you my sweet friend. I’d love to see you soon. I could drive up, and we have a social distance get together.

  • Judy mumm says:

    Enjoyed your comments!

  • Joyce says:

    My interpretation of “Be still and know that I am God”…… don’t let Satan jerk you around, having his way in your mind- instead honor me , exalt me through sincere worship that doesn’t ask me for anything-AND eat from me…my word will be like a blood transfusion for your soul ❤️
    Just do it, until everything comes into alignment and my glory is visible ❤️
    ….. believe me

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