What type of life did Jesus come to bring?
Jesus came to bring us abundant life. The abundant life which God gives us is superabundant in quantity and superior in quality.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
3 John 2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
The amount of material prosperity and the level of Divine health that you and I walk in will be dependent on how much our soul is prospering. Everything God does always starts on the inside first, in our souls and then works its way to the outside. You have to see yourself prosperous on the inside first before you see yourself prospering on the outside.
Why don’t we enjoy abundance?
Well! One reason is due to a lack of knowledge. God says that His people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Not the world, God’s people. Not knowing what God has given you, not knowing your covenant and what rightfully belongs to you can destroy you. The devil does not have to destroy your life and your household. Find out who you are and what you have and take authority. Take dominion and stand your ground.
But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
We have a new and better covenant
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
If people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Solomon and David could prosper so abundantly in the Old Testament (Old Covenant), how much more should we be prospering and live the abundant life because we have a better covenant (new covenant) that is established upon better promises.
Now listen! It does not mean that if you have not yet experienced all this abundance yet, that it is not available to you. Lay hold of it and stand your ground.
Before we read these blessings, you need to know that all these same blessings are available for you and me right now.
Galatians 3v13-14; 29
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
(29) And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
THE BLESSING of Deuteronomy 28 is our blessing! It has “come upon us” through Jesus. If we’ll connect with it like Abraham did, it will do for us what it’s always done. If we’ll fill our anointed minds with it by meditating those verses and speaking them over ourselves until we are fully persuaded, no matter how impossible our circumstances might appear to be, that blessing belongs to us. It will do for us the same thing it once did for Adam and Eve…and Abraham…and Jesus. It will empower us to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion in every area of life. – Kenneth Copeland.
Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.
11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Part of Abundant living is learning to be content.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Paul was saying that you should be content in whatever situation you are in. He never said that you should be content to stay in that situation. Keep pursuing more of the abundant life that Jesus came to bring you.
1 Timothy 6v6
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
God wants us to get to the place where we are content with just having Him.
1 Timothy 6v10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
You can love Jesus with your money but you can’t love Jesus and money. Money is not evil. The love of money is evil. You can have money but don’t let money have you. Money is a servant. It is used for goods and services. Keep it in its proper place.
2 Vital areas of Abundant Living.
Prosperity and Healing
The Kingdom principle of sowing and reaping.
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.
29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
This verse speaks about the law of gradual increase. There is a process that’s involved. It is not always instant.
Start sowing seeds. Seeds of love, kindness, honor, respect, friendliness. Set new laws in motion.
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.
9 You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” Says the LORD of hosts.
V8 – You cannot rob God. It means that you are robbing God of the opportunity of blessing you.
Some say, “I can’t afford to tithe.” You can’t afford not to.
V9 – You empower the curse when you don’t bring your tithe to Jesus. Curse means, empowered to fail.
V10 – The tithe means a tenth. Bring it into the storehouse, your local church.
V11 – The devourer, satan, is given access to your money affairs when you don’t tithe. Your tithe acts as an insurance policy against the rest of your 90%. Don’t allow the spirit of fear to stop you from obeying Jesus. He knows how to pay your bills and He knows how to take good care of you.
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
You are the one who determines how much you will get back because you are the one who decides how much you will sow.
Healing belongs to you. It is part of your covenant right to walk in Divine health.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
1 Peter 2v24
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
So you are healed now. You are righteous now. You are rich now. You are blessed now. You are forgiven now.
What some people believe about healing
They believe sickness is from God
They believe that God is perhaps trying to teach them something. Sickness is part of the curse and comes from satan. John Alexander Dowie said, “Sickness is the fowl offspring of its mother sin, and its father, satan.
God does not get glory out of sickness. The Bible says that people began to rejoice when they saw the lame healed and the blind seeing.
They believe that God heals some people and not others
Jesus never turned anyone away who came to Him for healing. When you pray for people to be healed, understand that healing always comes but people need to receive it.
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Some people are waiting on God to do something
Jesus has already done everything that we needed on the cross. We have it now. God is waiting on us to make a decision and receive it. Take it.
Some people do not know how to receive their healing
We receive it by faith in what Jesus has done for us.
Different ways that one can receive healing
Through anointing oil
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Prayer of Agreement
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Laying on of hands
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Gifts of Healing
1 Corinthians 12v9
to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
Prayer of faith
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
It is okay for us to go to medical doctors and specialists (not witch doctors). God placed them there to help us. But go in faith. If God leads you that way, then God will use doctors and nurses to assist you.
But run to Jesus first and let him lead and guide you as to the steps that you should take.
Ps. Lester Holland