Written by Shirley Rhodes
In our lesson today, let me share with you God’s word on living your life in the fullness of all that He has provided you through Jesus Christ. The Scriptures teaches us in John 8:32, to know the truth and the truth will set you free. This lesson presents you with five key ingredients of that truth to help you live the life God has purposed for you.
Now let us understand that our Life is given to us through Jesus Christ; he knows our thoughts, desires and what we need even when we make decisions or choices that lead us astray. One good thing about a relationship with him is that he understands when we make honest mistakes. There may be times that we as believers will not see how the Holy Spirit is directing our lives or may rely on or receive bad advice from a friend. God looks at the heart and may even allow poor judgment (decisions) to run its course, but he will not shame his children for an honest error, he can (and will) often turn what seem like a bad situation into something good for his own use. If God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking of your-self more than of him. He offers us hope, faith, love, joy and peace; it’s all there, so grab hold.
Life in Hope:
Although times may seem hard at the present moment there is still hope. Paul gives us a glimpse of what it’s like living in expectancy when he penned these thoughts; I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. Difficult times of pain throughout the world are around us and within us, the Spirit of God is arousing us within; the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our wait. When we get tired of waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. He does our praying in and for us, he knows us far better than we know ourselves (Romans 8: 9-28, MGS)
Life in Faith:
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. This is what the ancients were commended for; Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and so many more moved in faith. All were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:1-16, NIV).
Life of Love:
Jesus says, “If any of you wants to serve me, and then follow me, then you’ll be where I am, the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” (John 12: 26 KJV). He commands that we live a life of love for every-one, that means that no matter how someone my treat you or what they say about you, you are to love unconditionally. Jesus says, “If you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15 KJV). This is my commandment, love one another as I have loved you, greater love have no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” For God have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit (1 John 4:13 MGS). God is love. The scriptures remind us, that if anyone boasts, “I love God,” and hates his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from God is blunt: Loving God includes loving people, you’ve got to love both (20, 21 MGS).
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy (Psalm 126:5).
Peace (calm response):
The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).