Friday, October 16, 2015

Abundance


Our cup overflows the Psalmist David says in Psalm 23.  He penned a psalm near the end of his life regarding the need for God to make us and lead us because we often are not very good at doing it.  In fact, we should always be asking God to guide us through this world of  “valleys of the shadow of death.”  It is clear in the psalm that God is with us always guiding, protecting, anointing, refreshing and restoring us.  Why? because of His goodness and mercy our cup overflows.

God brings overflowing blessings as we trust in Him. These blessings may be in or as we go through, or after we look back up the mountain we climbed. Paul said, “So then just as you received Christ as Lord, continue to love Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:7). God brings us overflowing blessings, but we need to be thankful always in the strength for the journey that He gives us.

The Psalmist again in Ps 119:171 says, “May my lips overflow with praise for you teach me according to your promise” (Ps 119:171 NIV).  The theme of thanksgiving and praise is present throughout all Scripture, because God is in the praises of his people.  In 2 Corinthians 4:15 Paul says of the benefit of Jesus Christ as our treasure, “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” The result of this is written in 1 Thessalonians 3:12, "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

Perhaps my favorite NT verse is Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  This verse of hope reminds us that we as Christians must hold onto our hope as our anchor, as God is our anchor. The concept of “overflowing hope” is unique to us. Many will say of some wish, that, “I hope so.” This is a hope built not on God’s promises of His faithfulness, but on an earthly wish or dream that someone or thing will bring our “wishing well” coin to bring good luck.  Our Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus love and righteousness as the Hymnist wrote.

Our hope is in an ever present and loving God who comes to us in our troubles. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”  We do have a personal and loving God who is always with us and will never forsake us.

We are to live a life in this increasingly corrupted world as people not of this world. God will abundantly supply for all of our needs in his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.




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