TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, November 30, 2018:
Existing throughout all time.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Every day when we wake up, we wake up happy, rejoicing, and looking forward to another day to serve the Lord. The reason for this does not depend on the circumstances that we are in or on how we are feeling physically or emotionally. The reason is not what we are feeling but what we know.
Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and we have put our total trust in Him, we know that we have eternal life and our life here on this earth is only temporary.
One of the most transforming truths found in the Bible is the truth that Jesus spoke about in the verse we have put above. Jesus came into this world to give us life. The life that Jesus gives us is eternal and it begins when we accept Jesus as our Savior. The life He has given us for eternity is abundantly richer and more fulfilling and it is available to us right now as believers. This is not just good news; it is great news!
Jesus wants us to know that not only are our sins forgiven by His shed blood, not only are we as Christians on our way to heaven, but we can experience joy, fulfillment, peace, and satisfaction right here on this earth until He takes us home to be with Him.
We do not have to struggle through this life making the best of bad situations, falling and failing, doubting and despairing, discouraged and defeated, barely hanging onto life until it is over. The good news is that we do not have to go through these struggles and wait until eternity to find abundant life. We can have now what Jesus had and we can possess what He is.
Think of it! Who was this man Jesus that shed His blood so that we could have eternal life? He was the perfect human being. He was God’s ideal for humanity, because He is the very Son of God. For thirty-three years He lived among us in the very same circumstances and under the same pressures that we face every day. Yet He lived a perfect and sinless life.
The abundant life that Jesus offers us and wants us to live does not mean that our life will be filled with an abundance of things. Jesus offers every believer a rich and satisfying life. Out of His riches He fills the life of every believer with joy, peace, comfort and assurance.
Each of us can enjoy that kind of abundant life now. It begins when we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and accept Jesus into our heart. We then receive God’s precious gift of spending an eternity with Him in heaven. Yes, not only is the abundant life we receive richer and more satisfying, it begins immediately and is eternal.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 33:8.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
How thrilled I am everyday knowing that I have eternal life because of what You have done for me and because I accepted You as my personal Savior. Help me this day to be Your servant in all that I do. Help me to become more Christ-like and may my life be an example of what it means to have life and have it more abundantly.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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