abundant life

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. – Proverbs 29:25 MSG

Sarah Young, from Jesus Calling:

  •  Living in dependence on Me is the way to enjoy abundant life.  You are learning to appreciate tough times, because they amplify your awareness of My Presence.  Tasks that you used to dread are becoming rich opportunities to enjoy My closeness.  When you feel tired. you remember that I am your Strength; you take pleasure in leaning on Me.  I am pleased by your tendency to turn to Me more and more frequently, especially when you are alone.
    When you are with other people, you often lose sight of My Presence.  Your fear of displeasing people puts you in bondage to them, and they become your primary focus.  When you realize this has happened, whisper My name; this tiny act of trust bring Me to the forefront of your consciousness, where I belong.  As you bask in the blessing of My nearness, My life can flow through you to others.  This is abundant life!

I depend on me.
I can do it, or I do it…I’m not happy…
me. me. me.
Sarah’s devotion today really struck my heart – realizing, or at least being honest.
Am I really dependent on Jesus?  Do I rely on His strength when I am totally exhausted?  Do I truly turn to Him?
I do become enslaved and in bondage to others.  And, instead of whispering His name, I begin the I cycle and become emotionally and spiritually paralyzed.

Today, I want to bask in the blessing of His nearness.
I want abundant life.





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