Life in fullness is the life God offers to all who are His. We lack nothing because all that God has for us is available to us. According to His Word, we have all that pertains to life and Godliness because of God’s divine power (1 Peter 1:3)which gives us the strength we need to live life to the full.
As we know our Christian life is at the same time an instant reality as it is a progressive journey. We receive the free gift of salvation; Our justification as children of God is as a result of Christ’s righteousness credited (or imputed) to us because of faith in him not because of our works (2 Corinth. 5:21/ Eph. 2:8-9).
We also undergo the sanctification process. However for the truth of our justification and therefore righteousness to manifest as a daily reality, we must exercise our freewill (yes it was never taken away when we believed in Christ!), by choosing to partner with Elohim God in the sanctification process.
Some people choose to attain a higher godlike self or super humanity by depending on meditation techniques of eastern religions’ gurus or repetition human induced mantras of modern day life coaches who do not have the God of our Lord Jesus Christ as their source. The aforementioned is not for us who are children of Elohim God; God through Christ, His Word and in the power of the Holy Spirit is our source of salvation and sanctification; our goal is to be holy as God is and commanded us to be ( 1 Peter 1:16) after all we are created in His image (Gen.1:26-28).
I’M I FULLY COMMITTED?
Becoming holy or manifesting as consecrated and sanctified depends on the degree at which we are willing to surrender to God and to be fully committed to Him in every area of our lives. We reap what we sow (Gal.6:7). God’s presence, power and glory are made manifest or at work in and through us only when we obey and keep His commands as expressed by Jesus (John 14:21,23).
THE REWARDS OF THE FULLY COMMITTED: STRENGTHENED TO DO ALL THINGS
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. (John 10:10 Berean Study Bible)”. While this scripture is for all believers in Christ to take hold of, it becomes a reality only in the lives of those who obey God’s commands, the fully committed that is. They receive life in its fullness or abundant life. What does this mean?
-A life that is void of condemnation; one is set free from the law of sin and death by the law of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-3)
-A life full of assurance that God is in control of the world and every area of one’s life.
-by God the person produces lasting fruit (John 15:16).
-by God the person is able to fulfil their predestined potential or purpose.
“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him”. (Chronicles 16:9NLT)
These were the words of the Prophet Hanani to King Asa of Judah when he depended on Ben Hadad, King of Aram to help him in his warfare against Israel.
Friends, who do you depend on as your source of strength or power,
is it yourself, others or God? If like King Asa we seek human help rather than God’s then it means we are not fully committed to God.
As verse 9 of 2 Chronicles 16 affirms, it is to the fully committed, those who depend and rely on God that His searching eyes rests upon to strengthen or empower so that they will be productive for His sake. They are a picture of the faithful church (Rev.3:7-13) as opposed to the lukewarm or compromising church (Rev. 3:12-17/14-22).
The fully committed “…dwell in the secret place of the Most High” and “Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psa.91:1). They receive God’s promises and blessings (verses 9-16):
“9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
The Apostle Paul’s life as one fully committed to God and His purposes is evidence of a life lived in its fullness.
The Apostle Paul knew that it was only by Elohim God’s strength or empowerment at work within him that he was able to do all the great and many things that he did. He said
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”(Phil 4:13 NKJV).
Jesus said “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT).
Many of us quote the Apostle Paul’s words frequently “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me” that is all well and good, but friends, may our confession be true prophetic declarations as opposed to hollow utterances! Meaning?
If we are fully committed in our relationship with God, totally dependent on Him through Christ, His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit, then we are exercising our free will in accordance with what and in whom we believe.
The result is that God’s written and spoken word works for us; In the breath of God is the life of God with which He created the world including us and is working daily to make us manifest as His workmanship created for good works (Eph. 2:10).
God therefore responds to our fully committed lifestyles by ensuring that scriptures and prophetic words fulfil their intended purpose, His will in heaven being done for us on earth.
To God be the glory!
Scriptural reading & meditation:
2 Chronicles 16:1-9, Psalm 91, John 14:21,23.
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