Summary: We were designed to live an Abundant Life - and overcoming Life - adn examples to the world around us
Living The Abundant Life
Can you hear me now?
John 10:9-10 (NKJV)
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find
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.
God wants a better life for you than you want for yourself
How is that possible
We know ourselves
We know our insecurities
How can God want a life better for us that we do?
Abundant life is a life you want to live for the rest of your life!
If you informed that you get to live your current life
For the rest of your life
Would that be good news or bad news?
This morning God wants to talk to us about
Accessing a life
That we would want to live
For the rest of our life
When God was talking about Abundant Life
He was not speaking about eternity
To get this
You will have to give up some of your current perspective
Jesus opens this chapter taking about the sheep and the shepherd
Being sheep means
Giving up control
So immediately many of us are repelled
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
For many of us
There are thing that are sabotaging all that God has for us
Some of us
We are our worst enemy
We are the thief and robber in our own life
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice;….
Can you hear me now?
When was the last time you absolutely heard from God?
I believe it is possible to hear His voice
Eli and boy Samuel
Samuel always heard the prophets voice
So now he was pushed to distinguish God’s voice
In John chapter 9
Jesus healed a blind man
So the haters
Tried to make it a bad thing
The man was telling everyone
He could see
He was excited
But the church people
And felt it was a bad thing
They even got his parents involved
But the man said this
I don’t know about all this church stuff
But I know this
I was blind and now I see
We have to be the same
Those that are constantly drawing us away
Knocking our beliefs
These are hindering us
And the only way to get beyond all this is to get rid of the problem
And realize you are a citizen of Heaven
And pronounce the good things that God has done for you
We do not enter into abundant life – HERE
Because we don’t realize we are a citizen of the Most High
If we did
Our perspective would change
And instead of making a statement of faith
We make a profession of faith
We take steps of faith
We pronounce the good things that have happened in our life
We have to start spending more time
Than with the lost
Our access to the abundant life
Is done by entering through the DOOR
If you are in Christ
You have access!
If you spend more time with others who do not have access
Guess what happens
They drag you down
It’s ok to love family
And neighbors and friends
But if don’t realize you are different