Abundant Riches & Life – Part 2
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of January 3, 2021
Colossians 3:16 NLT says, "Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives..."
Richness in this verse refers to "much in quantity" (HELPS Word-studies).
This verse goes on to advise teaching and counseling with the wisdom of God and praise unto The Lord with thankful hearts.
So, friends, as we remain close to The Lord, we must step into His assignments and walk with Him in submission to His ways, knowing He will guide us into His best fulfillment; because we cannot be full of ourselves and the fullness of God.
The fullness of The Lord requires our surrender to Him.
Remember this key: The way to abundant life is to fear The Lord.
Proverbs 14:27 NIV says, "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death."
Fear, in this scripture, means deep reverence (Strong’s #3374). Reverence that would cause us to bow to Him (Ps 45:11).
Proverbs 19:23 TPT says, "When you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of God, here’s what you’ll experience: Abundant life. Continual protection. And complete satisfaction!"
Remember this key: The way to maintain this abundance is by His true kindness of character and demeanor—our yield to His life-giving Fruit of The Spirit (of kindness) (Ga 5:22, Is 26:3).
Romans 11:22 NIV says, "Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off."
This kindness (Strong’s #5544 and #5543) is a type of strength that makes us properly useful for His good service, well-fit for what is needed, upright, morally excellent, gentle, cruelty-free and profitable.
An example of this would be Esther, who was made ready and kindly approached the king. Her wise and fruitful demeanor of kindness influenced the king to make decisions that would take out her enemy and save a nation (Es 5:2).
Esther understood that her enthronement was linked with the kindness and peace of God. This submission to God was the stance from which she served and ruled victoriously (Is 26:3).
As we yield to this Fruit of the Spirit (of kindness), we will remain in a place of blessing and trust God to do that which only He is fit to do.
This is of particular importance as we continue into this fitting time, where darkness shakes off and Spirit-produced goodness prevails. Where God reorders parts of our lives into a convergence that hits the target of destiny and reaches far.
Our Lord has some big inheritances for us to step into.
Are you ready?
Very recently, He highlighted Psalm 47:4 TPT to me, which says, "He’s marked out our inheritance ahead of time, putting us in the front of the line, honoring Jacob, the one he loves…"
Holy Spirit gave me the understanding that those who have been delivered from the false pride of Jacob will continue into their greater God-ordained inheritance.
Interestingly, the Promised Land is also called "’The Excellency of Jacob,’ which literally means ‘the loftiness of Jacob’” (Ellicott's Commentary) “on account of its beauty and the excellence and variety of its productions” (Pulpit Commentary).
So, what beautiful high place is God bringing authentic you into right now?
What excellent fruit will He produce and establish through you (Amos 9:14-15)?
Holy Spirit desires to reveal His destiny-plan, because we cannot live out divine destiny based on our own knowledge.
Proverbs 15:33 TPT reminds us that "The source of revelation-knowledge is found as you fall down in surrender before the Lord. Don’t expect to see Shekinah glory until the Lord sees your sincere humility."
Psalm 50:23 NLT assures us that "...If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God."
We know this is done by God’s Spirit of Grace, "along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus" (1 Ti 1:14 NIV).
I love the Words of Jesus in John 17:13, 15, 17-18 NKJV, which say, "But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world."
Friends, as His sent ones, let’s put our hand to the plow and not look back. Let’s stay the course of Holy Spirit’s kind actions for His glory (Philippians 3:13, Is 48:3 AMP).
Remember these Words in Psalm 72:6-7 TPT, which say, "Your favor will fall like rain upon our surrendered lives, like showers reviving the earth. In the days of his reign the righteous will spring forth with the abundance of peace and prosperity forevermore."
So, we declare The Lord’s Words in Isaiah 45:8 AMPC, which say, "Let fall in showers, you heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness [the pure, spiritual, heaven-born possibilities that have their foundation in the holy being of God]; let the earth open, and let them [skies and earth] sprout forth salvation, and let righteousness germinate and spring up [as plants do] together; I the Lord have created it."
And as we contend to do what The Lord instructs, let’s remember Psalm 20:4 NKJV, which says, " May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose."
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.