Wilderness Christians: EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY (Part 11)
Only one word can accurately explain and describe the exceeding and abundant provisions God has for you. This is what has been locked behind the door of your heart, just waiting to be released. That one word is not a thing. He truly is a hidden treasure in your heart.
- That word is a person – a living person.
- That word became flesh like you and me. He actually once lived as a man clothed in a human body like yours.
- That word died on a cross for you 2000 years ago so He could live in you now.
- That word gave up His life in death as man so He can share His life in you as God.
- That word permits you to live miraculously with the only obvious explanation being God living in you.
- That word permits you to be a physical expression (through sight, sound, touch, hearing, and walking) of an invisible, living God – the Holy Spirit residing in man.
- That word permits you to make decisions that only exhibit the intimate and very deep love God has for you.
- Yes, that Word is JESUS.
No wonder it is exceedingly and abundantly forever. What a truly magnificent God! He offered for you His one and only Son, whom He loved so very dearly; He offered Him so God can reside again in His creation.
At the beginning of this book, I stated the question, “Are you out of gas”? The truth is with the Real Word you will NEVER run out. You have the outstanding opportunity to experience Jesus Christ every moment of every day for the remainder of your life. You deeply need to absorb this last statement – “You have the outstanding opportunity to experience Jesus Christ every moment of every day for the remainder of your life”. What a true salvation – God in you!
Jesus did not come just to get you out of hell and into heaven; He came to get God out of heaven and back into you. God in you is NORMAL Christian living, very normal. As a car cannot run without gas and as a flashlight cannot operate without batteries, you cannot function normally as a Christian unless you permit Jesus in you to live the Christian life through you. Colossians 3:3-4 says that He is our life. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory”. For man to function normally, he needs the presence of His creator in Him. Brethren, this is who lives in you right now. This is whom you have kept locked up in the door of your heart, collecting only dust and cobwebs. Enjoy Him. Enjoy your intimacy with Him. He only desires deep, intimate love with you. With this intimate love, why desire anything else?
It really is quite simple to live the Christian life once you permit Christ to live it. He RIGHT NOW, at this very moment, is your Christian life. Otherwise, to live the Christian life does not become difficult to live; it becomes impossible to live. Why do you subject yourself to your self-imposed poverty state? I need not explain or convince you what a pathetic example of a Christian you have become since you do not permit Christ to live His life through you. You have obtained His inheritance for heaven, His very life, and a co-heir in God’s redemptive plan of salvation. Therefore, why deny Him His inheritance now – Him in you? Ephesians 1:11-12 – “In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will. That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ”. The Holy Spirit convicts you very strongly and very convincingly of your barrenness, impatience, self-righteousness, arrogance, covetousness, etc. – definitely not the fruit of the spirit. This is why Jesus strongly desires to free you from bondage and oppression; people will then come in contact with you and automatically notice the difference. You can rest assured that God will personally ensure they do notice. They will see Christ in you – God in action. Outstanding! With this type of life from Jesus, who would desire the pleasures of sin? Why settle for Egypt when the Lord lives in you now?
Go for Him, brethren. He is always awaiting you with open arms of love. His love truly comes from the Father.
What a life! What a salvation! What a God!
Evidence of Exceeding, Abundant Life
This is exactly what the disciples experienced in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). They now fully understood what Jesus meant that a grain of wheat (seed) must die so that it may produce much fruit. John 12:24 – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit”. Jesus had to give up His life in death so He could now give (and share) His resurrected life in the disciples. They could now share this resurrected life through them to this depressed, very needy world. No wonder the disciples turned the first century world upside down. The people saw the resurrected life of Christ in the disciples. They saw God (in man) in action. No wonder salvation came by the thousands. Jesus, and only Jesus, was truly being lifted up and glorified.
Brethren, this is what is missing today in Christianity. We left Him locked in the closet of our heart. We struggle in self-imposed poverty to produce fruit of the flesh. We have turned a relationship into a religion.
Only Christ can live this life. I learned the hard way living in the wilderness. Not any longer. I refuse to sell myself short of God’s abundant life in me. We share Christ’s life on earth now until we share it fully with Him in heaven. What a joy! What an experience! Jesus was so real and alive to the first century church. (And they had no New Testament writings.) Why do you focus your mind and backslide into Egypt, when you see so clearly this abundant, joyful life just waiting to be released in you and through you?