I Will Give You Abundant and Eternal Life

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Psalm 16:11, John 17:3, John 3:1-17, John 10:7-10, Matthew 7:7-11, 1 John 2:24-25, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:55

The Bible tells us that death will be the last enemy to be destroyed (1Corinthians 15:26)—and death is indeed our enemy. A foreign invader in this world, death is out of place and unwelcome. This is why we mourn at a funeral—because funerals were never meant to be. In the Old Testament, King David trusted the Lord to rescue his soul from the grave, resting in the hope that in the life after death, he would find himself in the presence of God, where there is “abundant joy” (Psalm 16:11).

But the hope of the Christian life is not only life after death; it’s much more than that. Yes, Jesus promised His followers eternal life, but He also spoke of a new life that starts right here and now. It is life with God, and it is eternal because God is eternal. Praying to the Father, Jesus said, “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent—Jesus Christ” (John 17:3).

This promised life is abundant life (John 10:10). And how could it not be? David was right when he wrote that there is joy in the presence of God. Through the Holy Spirit, we carry that presence with us wherever we go. Life is not easy, but we can be joyful no matter what happens, because God is with us. Whether we die before the Lord returns or are caught up to meet Him in the air when He does (1Thessalonians 4:17), the life we have in Christ will continue. “Where, death, is your sting?” (1Corinthians 15:55).

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  1. Ashley White says:

    ❤️

  2. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love that Jesus came to not only give us eternal life but abundant life here on earth. The circumstances of my life don’t feel very abundant right now, but I’m praying that God will fill me with his abundant life. I pray he will show me that the abundant life isn’t found in our circumstances, but his spirit.

  3. Churchmouse says:

    Oh Pam. Tears in my eyes as I read your post. Prayers for all involved. Jesus, wrap them in Your arms. Give them Your words of hope. Help them, Jesus.

  4. Pam Williams says:

    Such wonderful scriptures reminding us of the eternal life which has already started here. This I believe with all my heart. But this has been a very difficult weekend and week. On Saturday morning I learned of the home going Of a very wonderful godly lady. She was 89 years old, vibrant, always a twinkle in her eyes, lover of God , Teacher of the word, and published writer. We will miss her, the She’s with Jesus and with her beloved Husband of 70 years who made his own journey to heaven just 4 months ago. Such a sweet reunion. But later that afternoon we got a call from our oldest son asking for prayer, as his sensei and dearest friend, Only 45 years old was deliberately run down by a perpetrator In a grocery store parking lot. Oh, the grief that has flowed to my children and grand children At what seems like such a senseless death, a murder. He was beloved by so many. My son had been doing Bible study with him, helping him grow in his faith. So many Whys. And yet the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Our son and his wife have become those the family is leaning on. Please pray that God continually fills their mouths with His words as they minister. Our ministry right now is to minister to our children. We cover your prayers.

  5. K D says:

    Oh death where is your sting? Words we need to hear.

  6. Jenna says:

    Today’s devotion briefly referenced a verse from 1 Thessalonians 4. During this global pandemic, I’ve found myself thinking more about death and worrying about losing loved ones. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 has always been a comfort to me:

    “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”

    Death is still the enemy and will darken all of our doors, but for the believer, we don’t mourn without hope. We have eternal life in Christ and He will come again to make all things news.

    1. Jess Wurst says:

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  7. Terri says:

    Katie Fleming. Believing God for you to have a perfectly healthy, happy baby that will rise up and call The Lord blessed

  8. DOROTHY says:

    Kenzie, to answer your question from yesterday I believe many people believe the meaning for Shalom is rest. So the author is saying there is more to the meaning of Shalom than rest. The author is also saying how we should rely on God to achieve the meaning she has given us for Shalom. I hope this helps.
    Being joyful no matter what happens isn’t always easy. Life can throw you some tough and hard things to cope with I have found out. I have also found no matter what the circumstances God, Christ and the Holy Spirit will be there with you through it all if you let them and ask them into your life. I have had to ask multiple times, raising two AD/HD sons; living with a husband with AD/HD for 11 years; the death of one son at the age of 18; the other son using drugs after his brother’s death because he blamed himself for it; and the death of a niece who was like a daughter and was a roommate at the age of 35. My faith has carried me through and the joy others received from my loved ones Who died early in their life gives me joy. Father, God remind me of all the joy you have sent my way. Remind me of the happiness and rejoicing my loved ones who went before me did in your name. Amen.