My cup overflows with His abundance and blessings!
It overflows when the blessings in my life are more than my cup can hold. Does that sound too good to be true? I have news for you. Your cup already overflows too. If you have placed your trust in Christ Jesus, then your cup is overflowing and spilling out with abundance. In Christ, we have overflowing joy, overflowing love, overflowing abundance, and more.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (ESV)
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Are You Living an Abundant Life Through Christ?
How do you know if you are living an abundant life in Christ? Jesus himself said that He came to give us life abundantly. But what does that mean? If you ask 14 people what living in the abundance of Christ means, you will probably get 14 different answers. This is apparently one of those Christian questions that needs to be worked out with fear and trembling because there are many different angles to look at it by.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13
The only way we can live a life of abundance is through Christ. If we try to live abundantly on our own, we will fail. Christ’s death on the cross is a gift that precedes the gift of abundance because our abundance can only be found in Christ. Paul wrote in Romans 5:17,
For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
We must receive Christ before we can receive His gift of abundance. Are you living in abundance? You cannot live in abundance unless you are living in Christ. And you cannot live in Christ without feeling his unending and abounding blessings. He came so we can have life abundantly, filled with joy and happiness.
What Does the Bible Say About Living in Abundance
If the Bible is our guidebook on this side of eternity, then the Bible should be our guide on how to live in abundance. The idea of living in abundance comes right from the mouth of Jesus in John 10:10. What does it truly mean though? How do we live in abundance? Take into consideration this verse in 2 Corinthians.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Notice again that grace proceeds abundance. Our grace comes from the cross of Jesus Christ. It is He who gives us the abundance. Whatever abundance he gives us is sufficient. That sufficiency we have should drive us to give our abundance over to good works through and for the glory of God alone.
How Do We Live In God’s Abundance
Living in God’s abundance starts with the grace of Jesus Christ coming into our lives. As we are sanctified and grow in Him, he gives us a blessing of good things. That abundance should produce in us a desire to bring Him more glory.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Living in God’s Abundance by Living in the present
One of the reasons we miss the gifts of God is because we are too busy living in the past and not embracing the gifts God has given us in the present. Christ has forgiven you! He has set you free. Your past is not what is important anymore. We will find abundance when we relinquish the control that our past has over our future.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Action Step: Memorize 1 John 1:9. When you start dwelling on your past, declare to yourself the truth that your past gone. He has forgiven it. Use some scripture memorization tools, like these phone wallpapers, to focus on the truth of scripture.
Living in Gods Abundance During Hard Times
The bible declares quite frequently that in Christ we will go through trials and tribulations.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-3
Did you catch that first line? Count it all JOY! Joy by its definition is feelings of great joy and pleasure. Have you ever been in a place that your tribulation brought feelings of great joy and pleasure? I think that is one aspect of the Christian faith that takes many years of maturity to master. We do know that God works all things together for our good. The bad and the good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Action Step: Think back to some difficult times in your life. Can you see any blessings that came out of that time? Did you grow in your faith? Was there something better that came out of that hardship? If you are presently going through a difficult time, remember that God is working in it for your good, even if it is hard to see.
Living in God’s Abundance by Focusing on His Daily Blessings
It can be easy to focus on the big blessings of life. When God heals us from sickness, gives us success in our career, or answers big prayers about finances. Those all can be obvious blessings and we should be thankful for those. But what about those everyday blessings? Did you wake up in the morning? He gave you life today! Did you have breakfast? He gave you food today!
Action Step: Make a list of daily blessings that are not always obvious. Thank God for his abundance in your life.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30
Living in God’s Abundance with Christian Brothers and Sisters
We cannot do life alone; we need our brothers and sisters in Christ to fill us up when our ‘abundance’ cup feels low. Are you a part of a Church family or small group? Having fellowship with like-minded Christians can be a key part of an abundant life. We need each other’s strengths to build us up in our faith.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:14
Action Step: If you are not a part of a Church family, go find a place in your area to connect. If you are a part of a church family, reach out to one of your friends and thank them for being in your life.
Living in God’s Abundance through Giving
God’s grace in Jesus is a gift to us. The sacrifice that Jesus paid for us is so uncommon and so unreasonable, that it makes almost no sense to our finite minds. Because we have been given a gift so unlikely, we too can now give generously to a world that desperately needs uncommon grace.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
Our Christian life should be a life of giving. Giving to others in a way that glorifies Christ. When we give, we get back an abundant life because God is glorified. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Does Your Cup Overflow with His Many Blessings?
Does your cup overflow with abundance? It should always be overflowing if God is reigning in your life. My cup runneth over with his blessings. It runs over firstly because Christ saved me. Measly ole’ me. Me, that messes up so much. If salvation is all that Christ offered, that would be enough. But Jesus promised an abundant life. One filled with blessings. When we live in his submission, we will find a lifetime supply of abundance.