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“YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE”

The world around us has trapped and intimidated far too many people.  Individuals have been bullied and are hiding behind their personal fears, addictions and the destructive cycles of their sinful patterns.  Too many have surrendered to their present life of unhappiness and present conditions feeling this is how life will always be.  That in itself is discouraging.  But, the Bible teaches there is a better way.  God has made “HIS more” and it’s more valuable than anything you can ever begin to imagine.  Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (John 10:10 AMP).

 

God made you and me for a life of more!!  More love.  More peace.  More hope.  More purpose.  MORE OF HIM!!  Paul wrote in I Corinthians 2:9 (CEV), “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard.  It has never even entered our minds!”  It doesn’t matter where you are in your faith journey.  Maybe you haven’t even started a relationship with Christ yet, or perhaps you are new to the Christian faith or been walking with God for years – IT DOESN’T MATTER!!  It doesn’t matter how positive you think about your own future, YOU WILL NEVER in your humanness be able to fathom all that God can do in, around and through you.

 

Some of you may be thinking, if this is really true, how or when does all this start?  It begins the moment you receive or recommit your life to Jesus Christ.  Here’s what Ephesians 1:13-14 has to say about you:  “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”  Think of this – you are marked – being sealed – receiving God’s Holy Spirit – growing until the completion of your story of redemption (completion meaning when you go to Heaven).  You can put your trust in Jesus right now, receiving Him into your life.  Will you allow the Holy Spirit to have you completely as his own?  God’s Spirit will mark you, fill you, and use you for His own glory.  YOU REALLY WERE MADE FOR MORE!!

 

Pastor Carnes