The Abundant Life

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“The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Jesus came to give us life and life in abundance. But what does that look like?

 Our answer to that question given through the eyes of this world will say it means more wealth, perfect health and having literally everything within our reach. But our answer given through the eyes of eternity will tell us otherwise.

 You will find that the very breath that you breathe is a gift from God. The very fact that He awakened you to a new morning filled with fresh mercies is in fact living in abundance.

 When everything seems to be in total chaos and the storms of life rage around you, having His peace is what it means to have life in abundance. When you feel you have no direction, having the Word of God speaking direction and hope to you in your time of need is having life in abundance.

When sadness rushes in, having His joy poured over you is life in abundance. Truly there is nothing or no one on this earth that can offer what only Jesus came to give, for what  He gives is eternal.

His mercies flow freely, His love spills out endlessly.

This is life in abundance.

© Sharon Pankey 2018

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The Blueprint

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

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The plans that God has for your life may take you by surprise.

There are paths that He will ask you to take that are quite unexpected.

All He asks is for you to trust in Him knowing that He Who holds creation in His hands is in control.

Even when you cannot understand, trust Him.

You may not understand His ways at times but remember He is not asking you to make sense of it all but to know that His wisdom supersedes yours.

Trust Him in these times of uncertainty and know that He has nothing but the very best in store for you.

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

More Than the Birds

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? 

“So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:26-27, 34‬ ‭

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Are You Not Worth More Than They?

Beloved, you can’t make things happen by worrying.

You can’t move the heart of God by worrying.

You can choose to give all your worries to God and let Him take care of it. You can touch the heart of God by trusting Him to take care of your every need. Remember, every day of your life has been laid out before you were even born.

Every. Single. Day.

Please don’t miss the revelation in that.

Because God has laid out each day, please trust that He has gone before you paving the way for provision, peace and strength. All you have to do is follow Him and leave the cares and concerns that you have been shouldering at His feet.

He longs to care for you, let Him.

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

The Harvest

 

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“Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands–all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” Luke 6:38

What is it that you can give? Is it forgiveness? Is it time? Is it your wisdom? Is it your gifts and talents? Is it your love? Or is it simply your presence?

Whatever it may be, give and give generously. As you pour into the lives of others, it is God who pours back into you. “Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped. Proverbs 11:25

He is the only One who can fill your cup to overflowing. So give, give and give some more. In time you will reap a harvest of blessing.

 

© Sharon Pankey 2018

Surrender

“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:7

There is a blessing to be found in humbling ourselves before God. There is a blessing to be found in laying down our will in exchange for His will. There is a blessing to be found in dying to our self-willed motives and desires. There is a blessing to be found in saying YES to His way. There is a blessing in brokenness. There is a blessing in God taking that brokenness and restoring it into something more beautiful than you can imagine.cross-sunset-humility-devotion-161089

But it starts with us. We must make the choice to trust in Him. We must make the choice to remove anything that hinders our total devotion unto Him. We can no longer place our confidence in people or circumstances that can change in an instant.

Beloved, our trust, hope and confidence is only found in the One who is unchanging.

Here’s the promise that follows when we, in our hearts place Him rightly where He belongs: “They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

What a beautiful promise! You were meant to be planted beside the Living Water, gaining strength for even the toughest seasons of life. Because you have chosen to keep your eyes and heart set upon Him, you will be fruitful in every season of life even the not so good ones.

Remember, God has the absolute best plan for your life. It’s better than you could ever imagine. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG) 

 

Joy and Strength

 

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“…And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” Nehemiah 8:10 (AMPC)

No matter what you are going through, remember your strength comes from the Lord Almighty, “He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].” Isaiah 40:29 (AMPC)

Embrace the truth that He is the true source of your peace and security. When the storm rages around you, He will sustain you. When you feel like giving up, He will keep you. As you abide in Him, you will come to experience Him as the anchor of your soul.

Make Him your dwelling place and find the joy and comfort that He is offering you, it will become the foundation on which you will stand and be victorious.

Knowing Whose You Are

 

 

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” I Peter 2:9

 

Chosen one who is the object of choice or of divine favor:  an elect person or selected to do or receive something special. Did you know that you my sister have been chosen? You have been the apple of Someone’s eye long before you were conceived. You were predestined to be a part of something special before you could even walk. You have been handpicked to be a princess in a kingdom that never ends. Sounds like a fairytale. Right?

I can assure you that this is no fairytale. This is my life. This is also the best revelation that I have ever received in my entire life. The merciful, strong and mighty, loving, and awesome God has chosen me to be His daughter. He has chosen you to be His forever. The day that you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, was the fulfillment of God’s plan for you to come into the kingdom. On that day, all of heaven rejoiced when you answered the call to no longer sit in the darkness but to run into His light. He chose you because He loved you. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9) There was nothing you said, did or thought to influence that choice.

He decided that He wanted you to do something upon this earth that only you could do. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10) Salvation was His plan for our lives and in that plan there are things that He has uniquely gifted us to do in service unto Him. Remember, we were created for a purpose and that is to bring glory and honor to His name. “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20, 21 God says there must be a separation from what is unclean and a coming into all things that are connected to His Name. We have taken on familial ties with a Holy God; the Word even admonishes us to be holy like Him. It’s not that we are never going to make mistakes because the Word clearly says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 But sometimes He calls us to sever all ties with anything or anyone that will corrupt our lives. You see, the cheap utensils are not what we are. We are the special utensils. The utensils that are proudly displayed for all to see. The utensils that are brought out for the special times. God’s assignments are these “special times”, we must be ready for the work that He has for us to do, because we are chosen.

 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” John 15:16 Again, we are reminded of the supremacy of God. He chose us and for a purpose and that is to bear fruit in this world for Him. To sow into the lives of others His love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. To be His hands and His feet. To feel what He feels and do something about it. Remember, your work upon this earth is not defined by titles. If you are a teacher, within those school walls, ask Him who needs to see Jesus. If you are a banker, within the financial institution, ask Him who needs to see Jesus’ love on display. Wherever we are, the world needs to see Jesus in us. We are His ambassadors upon this earth. If you are unsure of what His will is, simply ask in His name and He will answer. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

 

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:3, 4    Oh, this scripture carries so much weight. Jesus, in all His power and holding ALL authority in heaven and upon the earth washed the disciples’ feet. I mean the getting down on the ground, on your knees, getting your clothes wet and maybe even dirty, this was the ministry of Jesus. This, my sister is why were chosen. We were chosen to have a humble heart and a compassionate love like Jesus! We were chosen when we were in our darkest and dirtiest state. What about those who are still there? Will you go the distance? Or will you stay confined in the church house where it is safe with those who already know the truth? “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.  If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 6:2, 3

 

My sister, please know that even while you are living your life for the One who has given you life eternal, He is so in love with you and cares about the innermost desires of your heart. There is no question that He has an awesome plan for your life. Will you trust Him with it? In all the serving, there are things that you perhaps have petitioned Him for, dreams that you have even penned in a journal and visions that you have shared with your closest friends. God says, “Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.  For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper” Psalm 37:1-7

In all that you do for the Lord, as you are serving Him with gladness, never forget Whose you are. Never forget the One that saved you, He hasn’t.

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