John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 (AMP) 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Notice that the devil is the bad guy and Jesus is the good guy. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy everything you have and are but Jesus has come to give you the abundant life worth living! So, which camp are you in – the devil’s or the Lord Jesus’? Which one do you want to be in? This is not a trick question but yet so many sincere Christians are not living the life of victory that Jesus bought and paid for.
The phrase they might have means to have and to continually possess. It’s not a one time thing. God wants us to continually walk in His kind of abundant life of victory in every area of our lives.
Let’s look at the word life. It’s the Greek word zoe which is the God-kind of life, filled with vitality.
The word abundant means to be above, beyond what is regular—extraordinary.
Putting it altogether, we see that the life that God has for us far exceeds what we can think, know, or imagine.
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV) 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…
As you can see, from Ephesians, God wants to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think but it’s according to the power that works in us. No power, no results! Yes, the Holy Spirit is in us if we’ve been born-again but if the Word of God is not in us, there’s nothing for our faith to work with. You can’t have the God-kind of faith beyond His Word because that’s where faith is—in God’s Word. No Word, no power! You can’t even pray effectively beyond your knowledge of God’s Word.
John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Notice that when God gave Jesus, it was not only to forgive our sins and heal our bodies, but to give us everlasting life. He’s not talking about the length but rather the zoe kind of life – the God-kind of life! And it doesn’t start when we get to Heaven. We’re in it now!!! But we have to partake of it in order to benefit from this awesome gift!
Remember, we’re talking about a life that’s worth living. This life doesn’t consist of the abundance of things. Even the unsaved can have an abundance of things.
Luke 12:15 (KJV) 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Matthew 16:26 (KJV) 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
You don’t want to be as some who have outlived their lives. Yes, they’re physically alive but other than that, there’s no substance to them. What you do want is to live a life that’s worth living.
So, just what is a life worth living? It’s living the zoe life of God. And only those who are born-again can actually partake of the zoe life of God.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
You see, it’s by walking in God’s divine promises to ust the we can partake of His divine nature – His zoe life!
That’s what happens when we live out of our spirit – our inner man – rather than walk by our flesh and emotions.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV) 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
If all we ever do is live our lives according to the dictates of our carnal flesh – our emotions, our five senses, what we think – we’re going to live a life so far below what God has ordained for us.
So, how do we walk in the spirit and not fulfil the lust of the flesh? We walk according to God’s Word. He’s already prepared a way for us to go. He’s already gone before us and provided everything we’ll ever need to live His zoe life on this earth.
But, and I say BUT, we have our part to do. God’s divine plans and purposes don’t just fall on us like ripe cherries off a tree. We need to do our part and that’s to pursue His ways by getting into the Word and finding out what He’s already given us.
In Eph 1:3 we see that we’ve already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places. All the promises of God are in the spirit realm. And the way we bring those promises into the physical realm is by using our faith. Faith accesses the spirit realm and bridges the gap. Faith brings what’s real in the spirit realm over into the physical realm where it manifests for our good.
What an awesome God we serve!
Romans 8:1 (KJV) 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 (KJV) 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV) 23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.