Day 300: Life Abundant (October 27)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.  John 10:10

This verse keeps circling my mind over and over again.  I keep hearing, “And have it to the full”.  The full.

Are you living life to “the full”?

And then the first part of the verse….I think we often rush past it and don’t fully notice something.  The ONLY thing the thief does is steal, kill and destroy….That’s the ONLY thing he does.  That means there is no, I mean absolutely no, good in him.  None.

I believe the only way to live life to the full, is to first realize that the enemy is, well, the enemy.  Period.  There really is no grey area.  He is evil.  God is holy.

The only way to live life to the full is to walk in agreement with God.

Our world is full of voices contrary to the way of God, it’s up to us to hold every thought captive, and weigh every voice we hear.  Ask yourself, “Is this life giving?  Does this build up or tear down?  Is this a voice of peace or fear?”  With a few basic questions you can quickly begin to sift through the noise of the day.  It just takes some deliberateness.

I encourage you to begin to do this today.  Don’t let the enemy steal one more second of the fullness you are meant to live!

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:3-4

If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.  I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.   They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.  Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.  For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones.  Psalm 37:23-28

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which was against your soul.  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.  1 Peter 2:11-12