Following Jesus – Where will you let Him take you?
by Jana Cox
This last Sunday Pastor Doug shared a message on “ Following Jesus into abundance.” It was such a great message and very thought-provoking as well. One of the scriptures he used was John 10:10 “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” As he shared the message of abundance I had to ask myself, am I living in God’s abundance? My conclusion was no, I am not. I am truly blessed, but I know the Lord has much more in store for me. So why am I not experiencing it?
The second point Pastor Doug made was from Psalm 78:41, “Yes, again and again, they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel.” I asked myself the question: have I been like the children of Israel? The Lord guided and led them and yet they rebelled against Him. As I have pondered this thought I have to admit that I have behaved much like them. Going my own way and doing my own thing and because of this, I have limited the Holy One of Israel in my life. My plans never take me into His abundance; they lead me into frustration and sometimes trouble instead of His abundance. Now it is up to me to change course and yield to His authority so that I can receive more of what the Lord has for me.
As I looked further into Psalm 78:2 It says, They did not remember His power.
Have I forgotten how powerful my God is? Many times in life we can get discouraged by circumstances and situations, so we sit back in an idle position doing nothing and being lazy. I think at times I have done this, I have forgotten how powerful He is. I have not looked back on the mighty things He has done in my life and therefore I have put limits on the Holy One of Israel. God has everything I need and His desire for me is abundant life. A life filled with peace, healing, comfort, and His power working in me. So, what is the conclusion I came to?
I must follow Jesus fully to receive the abundance He has for me.
I must ask myself, “am I limiting the Holy One of Israel?”
They did not remember His power. Have I forgotten how powerful God is?
As we decide to move forward and experience more of God’s abundance we can examine our lives as we ask ourselves these questions. As we do this we will gain new insight and direction for our lives that will lead us into God’s abundance and provision.