“…I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Well, here we are. Another day to fulfill our destiny.
As I go around doing workshops and speaking, it is common for me to engage in Bible talk, or spiritual speak with various people. For me, the things of God are my frame of reference.
But I am regularly amazed at the number of times that I speak with people who know the language of the Bible and yet do not practice the Word as a working part of their lives. I don’t mean that they are not living a forgiven life (salvation). What I mean is that they don’t necessarily live as if the promises of God are for them.
For us to achieve the life we desire, we must make the connection between the words in the Bible and actually putting it to use in our daily lives. In other words … live the Word.
I believe that it is so important that we not just use the Word in conversation, but it must be the fabric of our everyday lives. Living the Word must become as much of a habit as getting dressed every morning.
Notice I didn’t just say reading the word, but living the word. Although living the word certainly requires you to read it.
I’ve encountered many people that in one breath say that “God never fails,” but when our conversation turns toward pursuing their dreams, their daily walk shows itself in statements like, “Oh … I could never do that” or “I am afraid to step out.” By this time you know that I want to drop everything and shake them back into reality. But my inner “fruit of the spirit” rises up, causes me to exercise patience, and gently remind them that the Bible they just spoke of encourages them not to live in fear, and that the God that you just said “never fails,” will never fail you. It took me a minute to get there, so I do understand the plight.
For you to live life by design, the Word you read about must be the Word you live. You must take it to heart, believe both its promises and its consequences and apply them to your life. It does take practice, but that’s exactly what living the Word is, practicing it.
I don’t want to overwhelm you with Scripture, but to live the Word, you must believe that if God said, “Nothing shall be impossible to you,” then nothing shall be impossible (Matthew 17:20). If the Word says that he can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think, then think big because he can do all that and then some (Ephesians 3:20).
Well, I’d better stop here because I need to give you inspiration in 500 words or less. But really … God wants us to live the abundant life, not just talk about it.
Cynthia Newman is an inspirational speaker, author of Raising Queens and an entrepreneur. You can access her weekly blog at www.lifebydesign.typepad.com or her website at www.CNewInspiration.com. Her e-mail is Cynmedia@aol.com. She is a member of Light of the World Christian Church.