Dealing with tragedy and life’s idiosyncrasies have seemed to be a forced pastime of mine. Looking back, not in a state of regret, but in analyzation (those who don’t learn from history get to repeat it), I am determined to not just adjust to the discomfort of life (also known as PAIN), but face the root causes of the challenges and learn from them.
Jesus said "in this world you will have tribulation (trouble), but be of good cheer , I (Jesus) have overcome the world"…Be of good cheer – The mark of an overcomer is not just finishing the race with gritted teeth…but a life marked with daily good cheer. John 10:10 says He (Jesus) came to give us life---not just a regular life….but an Abundant Life.
Abundant life and a tribulation infused life are not two separate lives….they are just life --our present life. The life we live NOW. Jesus didn’t come to bring us a life of trials…that was His observation of what was already in existence & evident in a world that had not been fully restored to God’s original intent—a life marked with access to God’s presence, power & provision…
God’s original intent for us was/ is the Abundant Life that Jesus brought to earth. Jesus stands at our hearts door offering it to us---every minute of every day. He not only is the procurer of that Abundant Life, but His spirit…the Holy Ghost actually delivers that Abundant Life to us and through us as we acknowledge our need for it, and our inability to make it happen on our own.
Laying down my self-sufficiency …. Learning to rest in His provision of peace in the middle of storms …Being willing to receive abundance in the time of lack... without working for it—has been(emphasis on past tense) hard for me. But this year a marked goal for my life is to see a free flowing release in my life. I understand that I don’t need to be in charge of anything except what the Lord gives me to do….Martha, Martha – you are concerned about many things –but Mary has CHOSEN…
I choose not to allow the cares of the world to come and choke out the destiny and purpose of God in my life….or others around me. Jacob wrestled with God…his thigh was touched…but in His tribulation His named was changed. Jacob became Israel --a Marked change for Good. He changed from Jacob, one who follows upon another’s heel ---to Israel –one who Prevails with God….
I want to live everyday of this year in an Abundant- Prevailing Place. Even though we have hardships, may our walk, like Jacob, leave a legacy trail …..That we don’t just walk away with a limp…but we have a Marked Walk of Abundance…. living a life worthy of Jesus' sacrifice & our purpose and calling….