Overflowing with richness.
Sometimes we may not have everything we want in this life; but we also may not be devoid of what is good. When we are complete, we have what we need at the moment. We limit ourselves by focusing on our shortcomings—what we don’t have, who we would rather be or comparing ourselves to others. We are God’s children, and He blesses us with everything we need, according to His Perfect Will.
7 How precious is Your Lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your Wings. 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your House, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. 9 For with You is the fountain of life. In Your light we see light. 10 Oh, continue Your Lovingkindness to those who know You, and Your Righteousness to the upright in heart (Psalm 36).
A fountain hardly runs dry. God is the fountain of life that brims with His Goodness. Those who put their trust under His Wings, will not lack any good thing. His Lovingkindness is more precious than gold or riches. If God is your life, He defines and enriches every area of your life. You are complete, when you are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of God’s Provision. When you trust God to meet your needs, you will be grateful for all He provides. The Righteousness of God will keep you in good stead; He only does what is Right. The upright in heart are never left out to dry. Be filled with the overflowing pleasures of God’s Lovingkindness. Instead of pondering over what you don’t have, be satisfied with Who God is.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the Fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2).
Abound in the faith that keeps you rooted in Christ Jesus, The Lord. Grow in Him by learning all you can about Him, so as to be more like Him. You don’t need man-made dictates, and religious practices to make you feel spiritual. The Fullness of God dwells in Christ, and you are complete in Him. You became one with Christ in His death and resurrection. It is Christ in you Who makes you whole. No rituals or good works will pay for the penalty of sin. Only the death of Christ and our union with Him make us a new creation in Him.
We must live by faith, by being transformed daily to His Likeness. This faith makes us submit to Him in obedience. Our lives become rooted and built up in Him. We have been made new and complete. If nothing else, this is our thanksgiving: We have been justified in Christ, our Lord, and sin no longer defines who we are. He is the greatest authority over any religious laws that would disqualify us from being children of God. The Fullness of God dwells in us—Christ Jesus, The Son of God.
17 The work of righteousness will be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. 18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, 19 though hail comes down on the forest, and the city is brought low in humiliation (Isaiah 32).
Righteousness is God’s Standard for His people. The righteous strive to keep peace with God; they are not at variance with His Ways. Righteousness is doing what is right before God. They are clothed with the Righteousness of God—abiding in Christ. The Holy Spirit of Christ dwells in them; sanctifying, teaching and guiding them to obey God’s Truth. Those who have peace with God, have an unbroken communion and fellowship with Him. They have no fear of what life throws at them. Righteousness offers them God’s Protection, Strength, Love, Mercy, Grace and Faithfulness. They will dwell in peace and assurance forever. Righteousness is an expression of spiritual well-being. What peace we forfeit when we are in opposition to God!
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God The Father, in sanctification of The Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 3 Blessed be The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant Mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the Power of God through faith, for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1).
Grace and peace are multiplied to those who have been chosen according to God’s Plan. They are sanctified by The Spirit of Christ, and their sins have been purged by the Blood of Christ, and His death on The Cross. They were chosen by the foreknowledge of God, before the foundations of the Earth. You are not a coincidence; you believed in God and gave your life to Christ, just as God would have it. You have abounding grace and peace to get you through this life. We have been sanctified for obedience, don’t miss that. We must be in one accord with The One Who called us to salvation.
We have been born again in the hope of eternal salvation for our souls. We are kept each day by the Power of God. Nothing will stand in the way of God’s Plan for us. Our faith in God has given us victory over all our struggles, adversities and adversaries. We don’t have to live like paupers who don’t have a red cent to our names. We have an undefiled inheritance that will never be marred, or fade away, and is reserved for us in Heaven. God has given us all that we need for this life and the next. God’s abundant Mercy has lavished us with every spiritual blessing in perpetuity.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But the Mercy of The Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him. His Righteousness to children’s children, 18 to such as keep His Covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them (Psalm 103).
No one gets to live forever on this side of life. Though we may flourish and do well for ourselves, we will not live long enough to enjoy all the fruit of our labor, or all of the pleasures of life. Our lives are like a grass that is here today and gone tomorrow. What will happen to our children and loved ones when we are gone? If we lived by God’s Ways, kept His Covenant by fear and obedience to Him, our children will emulate the same. God’s Righteousness will be extended to the next generation of those who teach their children to fear, trust and obey God. God’s Mercy is everlasting to everlasting, for us, and those who come after us. Though they may not seem to have enough resources to cater for them, they have God’s enduring Mercy. Those who fear God store up for their loved ones everlasting Mercy for the days ahead. Strive to flourish in God’s Goodness; don’t set your heart on fleeting riches.
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty (Matthew 13).”
Those who hear the Word of God and fail to implement it in their lives are unfruitful Christians. They are more interested in the cares of this world, finances, the latest trends or keeping up with the standards of this world. They have heard God’s Word but their lives are not rooted in obedience. Those who receive God’s Word, with an ardent desire to apply to their lives, will be fruitful in the knowledge and understanding of it. Christians who have a strong foundation in The Word of God for their very existence, will prosper in The Kingdom of God. Those who bear spiritual fruits through faith and obedience will continue to be productive in many areas of their life—relationships, work, responsibilities, mental, and emotional well-being.
5 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. 6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance (Psalm 16).
Are you worried about your possessions and whether you will always have enough? God is the portion of inheritance for those who spend their lives seeking Him. He is a full portion, a lot that is sure and everlasting. Those who live to honor and glorify God have an inheritance in pleasant places. They have more than the world can offer them. God, Our Heavenly Father, has allotted to us a good inheritance which no one glom from us.
In Christ is the Fullness of God. When we are in Christ, we have access to all God has for us. He has called and justified us to an eternal inheritance that will never fade. We have all of God’s Mercy, Grace and Goodness to live in obedience, fellowship and righteousness for His Glory. Everything that pertains to our lives becomes the fountain of God’s Lovingkindness. We have been renewed to be complete in hope, joy, peace and victory over all the challenges we face in life. Our righteousness is God’s Righteousness for us and our children; we don’t need to observe any religious protocols to be children of God. In this life and the next, we lack nothing to become all that God has created us to be.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He Who calls you is Faithful, Who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5).