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More Life

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 2 - Issue 2)

God has promised us more life. This life is joy unspeakable, and it is really not human. A joyful life is really against our very nature. Some think they have more life in sin or pleasures of this world, but pleasure and joy are not the same thing. Pleasure is fleeting (for the moment). Joy on the other hand, exists despite our circumstances. We can be certain that the world is against us, but Jesus Christ is on our side.

“7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” John 10: 7-10

Life more abundantly! Jesus has come to give us more life with joy that is not of this world. John 10:7-10 is an analogy concerning a shepherd and a door. In it, Jesus states that He is the door of the sheep. We often think of the Lord as the Good Shepherd, and a shepherd’s chief job is to protect his sheep. One aspect of this protection would involve the shepherd literally sitting in the doorway of the pen to protect the sheep from any danger. Here lies an important truth for the Christian. Anything that enters into our lives has to go through the door, which is Jesus Christ. We can take comfort in knowing that nothing that comes our way will ever be more than “what we can bear” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Job is a good example where God allows the devil to bring trials into his life, but they were all ultimately for his good. Despite Job’s wife’s insistence that he turn his back on God, the most difficult circumstances were never more than he could bear. True believers will also be able to come out victorious when troubles come our way. We have to rely on Jesus.

Jesus stated “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” We must initially enter that door, into the flock, to be saved. There is no other way to this abundant life where we can find pasture and joy. The “other ways” that are touted by the world come from the enemy, but be warned, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Sin destroys our lives now and without Jesus, for eternity. This destruction is not life. Jesus came so we could have life and life more abundantly!

It is possible that we can sin after we’re saved, but it is contrary to who we are in Christ. We are only short changing ourselves of that abundant life and greater fellowship with God. Sin robs us of our joy, and it has consequences. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Salvation changes our world view. We have a new value system and new thoughts and actions. As we strive to submit to Christ, we will continue to grow more like Him. Contrary things that we once overlooked in our life will become very evident through our new eyes. Here on earth, the war between flesh and spirit will continue to rage.

“16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16-25

Paul commands us to walk in the Spirit. This “walk” describes a continual action. It takes effort not to fulfill this lust of the flesh. The Christian life is not a passive life. Until we are glorified one day, our spirit and flesh are at war. Sin wants to take hold, but many people today wonder, “What is sin?” Unfortunately, we often don’t hear it from the pulpit anymore. This underscores the importance of the Christian’s responsibility to know the Word. We can know what sin is. One, the Holy Spirit convicts us of it. Two, the Bible clearly spells it out. Galatians 5:19-21 describes the works or fruits of the flesh. Take a moment to review this list of just seventeen sins. Are any of these present in your life? They shouldn’t be. Sin only brings doubt and hurt to the Christian life. It breaks fellowship with God. Have you faced any of those sins? How did they make you feel? Sin brings guilt, shame, and it destroys lives. This destruction is like a domino effect, as our sin falls and destroys others in its path. Don’t believe this? How does adultery affect a spouse or children? How does hatred affect your relationships or witness? How does drunkenness affect those killed in an “accident”?

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