How to experience the abundant life

God wants you to experience a life of abundance. Remember that Jesus said in John 10:10: I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Abundantly: "Superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality):" The implication is excessive and beyond measure. To have more, to have enough and to spare, increase, a surplus!

God wants you to prosper in your spirit, in your soul (which is your will and the mental and emotional part of your personality) and your body. Abundant life includes spiritual fulfillment, mental and emotional peace and physical healing and prosperity.

God want us to prosper in all things, and be in good health, and have a prosperous soul. (3 John 2)

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22)

Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! (Psalm 68:19)

There are two basic reasons God wants us to experience the blessing of the abundant life. First: God loves us and wants us to enjoy life. Second: God loves others, and He wants us to be a channel so He can bless others through us.

It is a fact that the more you have - in spiritual and material things - the more you can give to others.

While God does want us blessed, at the same time, He wants us to be content in all circumstances. We are to expect and look forward to God's great blessings while being content with our current lot in life. This is not always easy. Trust God for an increasing measure of the abundant life, and don't allow yourself to grumble with discontent in your present status in life. (Philippians 4:11-13, 1 Tim 6:6, Hebr 13:5)

The subject of divine healing, health and prosperity have caused no small stir among churches and denominations. Those who believe in healing and prosperity through faith have been labeled the "the healt and wealth"-believers, the "name it and claim it" - group, the "confess it and possess it"- christians. While there have been abuses in these areas by misguided christians, there is a solid biblical basis for believing that God Himself wants believers healed and healthy in their bodies and prosperous in material and financial matters.

You might wonder, If it is God's will for christians to be healed and prosperous, why are so many christians sick and poor? Perhaps these thoughts will shed some light on the subject.

The Bible teaches that God is not willing that anyone perish, but that all should come to repentance. God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but would have everlasting life. (John 3:16). It is God's will for all to be saved. Yet, we know that not everyone will be saved. Why? Simply because they refuse to believe God's Word; they refuse to believe in and receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

In the same way, we can see that the Bible teaches us it is God's will for all believers to have life and have it more abundantly. God want us to prosper and be in health as our soul prospers. It is God's will for all believers to enjoy the abundant life - which includes healing and prosperity. Yet, we know that not everyone will experience healing, health and prosperity. Why? Many christians refuse to believe God's Word on the subject. Many christians would rather believe their experience, or the experience of other christians, than to base their beliefs of God's Word.

(Gal 3:13-14) 13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),14that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The term "the law" usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. According to these five books we can see that the curse of the law, or the result of breaking God's law, is threefold - poverty, sickness and eternal death. Jesus freed us from the bondage of poverty, the destruction of sickness and disease and the eternal separation from God, if we will only believe and have faith in Him as our Redeemer.

We can see from a study of Abraham's life that the promise of the blessing of Abraham was first given in Genesis 12:1-3,5. Ultimately through Abraham's seed the Lord Jesus Christ would be born. Through Jesus Christ all of mankind would be blessed. In addition, the blessing of Abraham includes blessings on him personally - on his body, on his name, on his family - and through him to others. In observing Abraham's life we see him as a man blessed of the Lord. He was blessed with a healthy, long life, as noted in Genesis 24:1. He was very rich, as mentioned in Genesis 13:2 and 24:34-35. He was a blessing to others, and he tithed ten percent of all that he had, as described in Genesis 14:18-20. His family was blessed, and his son Isaac received the blessing of Abraham. We can clearly see the blessing of Abraham included health and wealth. That blessing of Abraham is for us today, because in Christ we are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. (See Galatians 3:16, 29)