Spiritual abundance available for all

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2001

Alaska's abundance is awesome. The geographical features and square miles of lakes, rivers, mountains and coastal waters support a large number of animals, fish, birds and the ubiquitous mosquitoes -- all quite numerous.

Once abundant gold, oil and timber were historically large industries. Unfortunately, the supplies of these resources don't last as long as the demand. Fortunately, there is a divine supply for the needs of humanity that is never diminished.

During the time he spent on Earth, Jesus showed many times that abundance was something he could manage. When a huge crowd gathered with many who were sick, Jesus healed them all. When thousands sat on a hillside listening to him teach, Jesus fed the whole group by multiplying a little boy's lunch of bread and fish.

Years ago when candy cost a penny in jars on the counter in the grocery store, a little boy understood the concept of obtaining more. When he would visit the store with his father, the little boy would be invited by the storekeeper to dip his hand in the candy jar. He would politely refuse until the store owner finally gave him a handful.

When asked later why he wouldn't reach in the jar for the candy, the boy said, "His hand is bigger."

We need to let our heavenly Father give us more of life than we are able to grab for ourselves.

Jesus stated, "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 10:10

What a contrast in purpose; destruction vs. life.

Indeed, many times in the scripture this contrast is drawn, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

Peter writes of an "abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom" that the Lord has prepared (II Peter 1:12).

While the believer waits for that entrance, he has the opportunity to wait in prayer on the one who has all power. The Bible teaches that God is "able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think." (Ephesians 3:20).

No matter how many times we tap these resources, they are never depleted or exhausted. Spiritual abundance is available for all.

When the disciples first received the spirit of God in Acts 2, the record states they were filled. It wasn't just a small blessing or provision but a powerful, life-changing event that filled them to overflowing. Moreover, the Book of Acts states they were filled yet again with the Holy Ghost (Acts 4:31).

This abundance is what God makes available to those that desire more of him.

While you are out enjoying the vast resources of Alaska, let it remind you that the God who created it all has much more in abundance spiritually, as well. These spiritual blessings can be yours for the asking through faith and obedience to his word.

Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church at Swanson River Road and Entrada. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.

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