God wants us producing fruit in our lives. . .manifesting the gifting and blessings of the Lord.
God wants us to greet each new day realizing that we have the opportunity to plant “seeds quickened into life, i.e. germinating, springing up, growing.” God wants us to attempt great things for Him.
Without question, God wants us to understand that “the thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. . .” (John 10:10)
However, I don’t feel that God wants us focusing on the first part of that verse. . .where the emphasis is on the attacks of the enemy.
God wants us to grasp, manifest and make alive the last part of John 10:10 in daily our lives.
“. . .I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The last part of John 10:10 in the New Living Translation says:
“. . . My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
The last part of John 10:10 in the Amplified Bible says:
“. . . I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).”
Personalized the verses for yourself.
When you and I become alive in Christ. . .this scripture allows us to see that by making Jesus our Savior the first thing that Jesus promised … that “we might” have life came to pass but then Jesus includes another choice … that we “might” have it, meaning life in Him, more abundantly. . .that’s another choice we have to make.
In order to have life and experience it more abundantly . . . we must be ALIVE in Him occupying until He comes again. We must be about His business. . .which is also the business of influencing the world He made.
We’re the ones. . .who should be controlling the financial markets, the banking system and the businesses of this country and the world.
If you don’t feel prepared to assume this scriptural mantle, then PREPARE yourself.
Remember, the New Living Translation of John 10:10 says “. . .My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
You can’t enjoy the rich and satisfying life He has in mind for us. . .by just going along . . . to get along . . . so you can just get by. That’s not what being “alive” means to our Lord and Savior.
Here are seven things God expects of those who are really alive.
1. Mentally alert.
I feel led to share three scriptures with you on how to be mentally alert. Then I’m going to share a scripture that will make you shout with joy.
Ephesians 6:18 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”
Prayer keeps us alert and focused on our purpose.
1 Peter 1:13 in the Amplified Bible says:
“So brace up your minds; be sober (circumspect, morally alert); set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (divine favor) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is revealed.”
Be ever alert to think on right things.
1 Corinthians 16:13 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!”
Strong faith will keep you alert and growing in strength.
Now it’s time to shout for joy!
This is what Jeremiah 1:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”
Now listen to Jeremiah 1:12 in the Message Bible.
“And God said, “Good eyes! I’m sticking with you. I’ll make every word I give you come true.”
2. Occupying till He comes.
God saved each of us for a purpose . . .that purpose was to look at today as a day the Lord has made … not just another day. A day the Lord has made involves so much more.
He clearly wants us to anticipate the dawn of a new day with expectancy. Greet the day with anticipation and expectation of what God is going to do in and through us if we just let Him be the guide for our lives.
He does not want us to settle for whatever and whoever comes our way.
The scripture in Luke 19:13 says we’re told to “. . .occupy until I come.”
Looking up the word, occupy, in the Strong’s Concordance (G4231 – pragmateuomai) and it means: “to be occupied in anything; to carry on in business” and “to carry on the business of a banker or a trader.”
The word occupy also comes from the root of a Greek word meaning “that which has been done, a deed, an accomplished fact” or “what is done or being accomplished.”
As I read these definitions in the concordance, it became even clearer . . . our Heavenly Father does not want us just sitting around biding our time waiting for Jesus to return.
God wants us alive and about His business of occupying or as the definition indicates … carrying on business, getting something accomplished wherever we are and whatever we’re engaged in doing.
He has given us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) . . . realizing that we’re blessed to be a blessing.
We can’t bless anybody else if we’re broke, just getting by or hoping that the rapture will come before the first of the month since we don’t have money to pay all the bills.
We should be more concerned about growing up in Jesus than going up to Jesus during the time we are given on planet earth.
One more thing, the parable in Luke 19:13 in the New Living Translation says:
“Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’”
Occupying obviously means much more than just taking up space. It means doing Kingdom business while we are traveling through this life.
3. Maximizing the spiritual and personal power working in us.
Ephesians 3:20 says:
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
There are seven powerful thoughts at work in this verse.
First, all glory to God is a great place to start.
Revelation 4:11 in God’s Word Translation says:
“Our Lord and God, you deserve to receive glory, honor, and power because you created everything. Everything came into existence and was created because of your will.”
Second, God is able.
Romans 4:21 in the New Living Translation says:
“He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
Third, through God’s mighty power.
1 Corinthians 4:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
Fourth, His mighty power at work within us.
Ephesians 1:19-20 in the New Living Translation says:
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Fifth, we’re to accomplish. . .not be defeated or a failure.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
Sixth, more than we. . .not anybody else. . .this is a conscious decision on our part.
Jeremiah 17:10 in God’s WORD Translation says:
“I, the Lord, search minds and test hearts. I will reward each person for what he has done. I will reward him for the results of his actions.”
Seventh, more than we might ask or think.
Get ready...the verse I'm about to share with you will make you SHOUT FOR JOY FOR THE POWER JESUS ALLOWS US TO SHARE AS AMBASSADORS FOR HIM.
Ephesians 3:20 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
Let’s look at one more translation of Ephesians 3:20. In the Passion Bible it says:
“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”
4. Creating opportunities not settling for what’s available.
Colossians 4:5 in the New English Translation says:
“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities.”
If you’re not looking for opportunities for God to be glorified in and through your life. . .you will not recognize them when they’re right in front of you.
God wants us using every opportunity we have. . .RIGHT NOW.
1 Corinthians 7:31 in The Living Bible says:
“Those in frequent contact with the exciting things the world offers should make good use of their opportunities without stopping to enjoy them; for the world in its present form will soon be gone.”
Have you thought about why God gives you opportunities?
2 Corinthians 4:11 in The Living Bible says:
“Yes, we live under constant danger to our lives because we serve the Lord, but this gives us constant opportunities to show forth the power of Jesus Christ within our dying bodies.”
He gives us opportunities to showcase His power.
5. Attempting great things for Him.
On May 30, 1792, William Carey, known as the father of modern missions, made a profound statement at the Baptist Association Meeting in Northampton, England when he said:
“Expect great things; attempt great things.”
Ephesians 1:19 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.”
Just before his first London crusade, Dr. Billy Graham was asked by a newspaper reporter, "Are you an optimist or a pessimist?"
Dr. Graham said without hesitation, "I’m an optimist! I know God and I have read the end of the Bible and it assures me that we who are in Christ have the victory."
Now that’s what I call expecting great things.
6. Assuming a position of leadership in our environment
Exodus 18:20 in the Message Bible says:
“Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do.”
In order to be successful in life we must have a successor . . .which means we must train those who work with us to effectively handle the things we need help in achieving.
Our youngest son is a server at an upscale restaurant that requires a white coat and tie. He works with such excellence that he’s been asked to train servers for the new restaurants they are opening in other cities.
No matter what you do or the occupation you are in . . .you want to learn from people who have already proven themselves successful in what they do.
An effective leader should always be trying to work themselves out of a job . . .by training and developing new leaders who can assume even greater areas of responsibility.
You’d be amazed or maybe not . . .at the number of people who do everything themselves because they illogically figure that if someone else becomes good at their job. . .they may lose it to them.
In the world, that is not faulty logic . . . but for the Christian, it’s scripturally unsound. Consider the success principle E68 (Ephesians 6:8) which essentially says:
Whatever good thing you cause to happen to someone else. . .God will do for you.
If you’re good at developing successful leaders . . .you’ll never be out of a job. And, one more thing, you’ll never be broke again because good leaders are in demand.
7. Invigorated for every new day.
The word invigorate does not appear in the King James Version translation, the New King James Version or the New International Version. However, you do find it twice in the Amplified Bible which by amplification uses all the Greek words fitting the subject to bring broader meaning to the scripture.
Colossians 1:11 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.”
And this scripture.
2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 in the Message Bible says:
“So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.”
Interestingly enough. . .the word reinvigorate doesn’t appear in the scriptures at all. However, I’m mentioning the word here because I believe it does describes the fire of God that lives in our bones. According to Dictionary.Com, it is defined as: “to give vigor to; fill with life and energy; energize.”
So here’s the question. . .are you alive with spiritual power invigorating every new day that He gives you?
You and I. . .we must be willing to do the thing God stirs in our spirits no matter what your circumstances appear to be.
“Heavenly Father, on this day. . .I’m ready to join my faith with yours. I confess that every promise you’ve made in the Word of God is true and applies to me. I rejoice you’re no respecter of persons and what you’ve done for others. . .you will do for me.
I acknowledge the power found in the precious place and prayer of agreement and I’m joining my faith with Godly men and women for a three-fold cord that cannot be easily broken.
I stand ready to take a significant step of faith pursuing your promises with a passion. I rejoice that no matter what problem we’re facing. . .the Word has an answer. That’s why we must Read our Bible and do what it says.
Heavenly Father, I rejoice in your precious promises and I know that Ephesians 3:20 was written just for me. I’m moving in faith. . .today. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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