John 10:10 - The Abundant Life!

John 10:10 (NKJV) I have come that they may 
have life, and that they may have it more 

John 10:10 (MSG) I came so they can have 
real and eternal life, more and better life than 
they ever dreamed of.  


   Call it the rebel in me, but I simply 
cannot bear plain vanilla when life has so many 
other flavors far more interesting and tasty. God 
has so much more in view for all of us. 
   Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in 
through me will be saved. They will come and go 
freely and will find good pastures. The thief's 
purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose 
is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 
John 10:9-10 
   God has arranged an abundant life for 
you, but it's slipping past. Are you becoming 
addicted to the narcotic of predictability? I should 
warn you, the longer you persist, the greater 
will be the pain of withdrawal. 
   I'll let you in on a secret: living and 
learning go hand in hand; existing and expiring do 
too. Every day brings a totally new set of 
circumstances and experiences. Now I'm not suggesting you 
do stupid stunts to prove your 
unpredictability. No need to row to Tahiti in a dinghy  or 
brave the wilds of Antarctica in winter  or 
scale Mount Everest without a Sherpa. How much 
more sensible to turn your everyday problems into 
creative projects. How much better to take life by 
the throat and achieve mastery over a few things 
that have haunted and harassed you long enough. 
How much better to take the Lord up on His 
gracious offer to give you a rich and rewarding life! 
Why is that so hard to embrace? 
   He is for you. He's in your corner. He 
wants to pour out His great pleasure on you - He 
desires that you live abundantly, joyfully, freely. 
Why not try living abundantly, joyfully, and 
freely for a change? Go ahead  I dare you. 
[Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


   The Satan whom Jesus describes conjures 
up an image that might have been cooked up by 
Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. An epic villain, 
stealing jewels, killing heroes, destroying cities. 
Such a Hollywood vision is nearly comical and 
hard to take seriously. 
   I need only to remember Satan's debut in 
the Garden of Eden to get a more accurate and 
sobering perspective on his true nature and methods. 
Satan appealed to Eve's pride with deception and 
promises of greatness, planting seeds of doubt about 
God's goodness. In falling for the scam, Eve 
forfeited an untroubled life in paradise, in perfect 
relationship with Adam, nature, and God Himself. 
   Later, the devil tempted Jesus in much 
the same way. My pastor says the enemy always 
lures us in one of three areas: pride, pleasure, 
and possessions. Satan shows us the bait, not 
the hook, which leads to our downfall. 
   I face at least one or another of these 
temptations every day. Whether it's buying something I 
can't afford, judging a friend, or eating a 
plateful of cheese and crackers in bed at night, 
temptation is ever-present. 
   Giving in to temptation can steal our 
peace and joy, kill our relationships, and destroy 
our families. But in Christ we have the ultimate 
superweapon and the promise of deliverance from evil and 
forgiveness when we do fall. by Isabella Yosuico 
   Faith Step: Tempted? Pause to ask 
yourself what giving in will steal. kill, or destroy 
in Your life. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 

Its Not a Cakewalk; Its a Conflict
   Some Christians are surprised to find 
that life as a follower of Jesus is not a 
cakewalk; its a conflict. It is not a playground; 
its a battleground. 
   It isnt a question of whether youre 
going to be in a spiritual war. In this particular 
battle, you cannot choose to be a pacifist because 
youll die on the battlefield if you do. 
   The day you committed your life to Jesus 
Christ was the day the Devil declared war on you. 
He had you where he wanted you before. He was 
quite happy with that arrangement. But you 
werent. Neither was I. Thats why we turned to 
   Jesus said, 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 (John 10:10 
   The Bible tells us that the god of this 
age, Satan, blinded our eyes (see 2 Corinthians 
4:4). It tells us that we were taken captive by 
him to do his will (see 2 Timothy 2:6). But we 
got sick and tired of being ripped off, so we 
put our faith in Christ. 
   Of course, the Devil isnt happy about 
this. And he isnt going to take it lying down. 
In fact, hell do everything he can to trip 
you up or defeat you on this battlefield. 
   Someone has wisely pointed out that 
conversion has made our hearts a battlefield. Anyone 
who chooses to be on the side of the Lord Jesus 
Christ will face severe opposition from Satan and 
his followers. 
   So the question is this: Are you going to 
win or lose in this spiritual war? Are you going 
to advance, or are you going to retreat? Will 
you gain ground, or will you lose ground? There 
are no other alternatives. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

Dont Suffer Alone
   During a Q-and-A session with our pastors 
awhile back, someone asked how to respond after 
their friend had recently committed suicide. How 
do they shine their light? How do they live in 
light of the circumstances? 
   This is a very difficult thing to deal 
with, and there is so much pain and shock for the 
persons family. When I come to a situation like 
this, I dont try to explain it, because there 
are some things in life that are just 
inexplicable. Instead what I try to do is comfort people, 
help them find perspective, and point them to the 
God of all comfort. 
   This is not in answer to the why, but it 
is pointing people to the whom. They need 
Christ. They need to lean on Jesus Christ, trust in 
Jesus Christ, and hang on to Jesus Christ. 
   Truthfully, committing suicide is one of 
the most horrific, selfish things someone could 
do to those around them, because their loved 
ones will suffer for years to come. There can be 
many things that can drive a person to such 
despair. It can be some crisis. It can be some moment 
of weakness. But understand where its coming 
from. Jesus said of the Devil, The thief does 
not come except to steal, and to kill, and to 
destroy. In contrast Jesus added, I have come that 
they may have life, and that they may have it 
more abundantly (John 10:10 NKJV). 
   If youre getting hit with suicidal 
thoughts, go to someone - such as a pastor or mature 
Christian friends - and bring it into the light of 
day. Dont suffer with this alone. Allow 
someone to love you and help you through it, to help 
you get perspective. 
   You are loved by God and by many people - 
more than you realize. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com]  


John 10:10 - The Abundant Life!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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