I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering. You will turn back to me and ask for help, and I will answer your prayers. You will worship me with all your heart, and I will be with you. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
This page is dedicated solely to our right as God's children; and this right is to live life with bountiful blessings. It is not just His promise to us; it is in fact our right from day one (1)---that is during creation.
26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Yes, and it was so. The world was tremendously vast for just two persons; yet he handed it over to them (Adam and Eve).
Don't you think it was too much for a couple to have these bountiful blessings? I mean the whole world then.
Don't you think it was not God's plan to make man and woman live an abundant life? These bountiful blessings do not come to us because we did something good or bad; these bountiful blessings are not a form of reward. If it is only for the good, then how come many individuals are living a life more abundant than the rest? And how come many of those living the abundant life are not all good?
Precisely, because these bountiful blessings are not rewards. It is a right for all of us. The world then and the world now is so abundant for all of us that we don't even have to fight for it.
And why fight over a piece of land? And why struggle so hard to climb up for a comfort zone? Why do we experience "lack" and not "luck"?
Simple - because many others (and these may include you and me) would like to have more than the abundant life.
And what is it?
It is power. The power to control more than the blessings of abundance. The power to dominate on the world and that includes the power to dominate a fellow human being. Many nations are destroyed because of the greed for power. Congregations are divided because of the love for power. Marriages are ruined because one spouse wants to gain control over the other. Many are starving because of this power. Many died as victims of war just because of the few wanting to grab or stay in power. And the craving for power (as far as I can remember) was one reason for Satan's fall. And until now, he continuously craves and claims for this power by enlisting human beings as well with his fallen angels as the officers.
If everyone shares enough and everyone cares enough, everyone will have enough.
God loves abundance as He has given his angels intelligence and power far greater than any creature in creation. God loves abundance as He filled even just the earth with so much wonders. God loves abundance as He has handed this abundant earth to man, who is made in his image and likeness.
So my question now is this: If it is our right as human beings to live an abundant life, how could I claim this right?
1. Alter the Way You Feel
2. Alter the Way You Think
3. Alter the Way You Act
4. Start Here-and-Now with Yourself
5. Live this Abundant Life Hand-in-Hand with Others
And why do I have to alter anything if it is my right from the beginning?
First, because we are claiming a right which has been taken away from us even before we were born. Just as many unborn children's right to live were taken away from them during conception. We have to win this case, and so we have to alter these things to claim for this right to an abundant living.
Second, because there is a better alternative than just the abundant or bountiful blessings. Being abundant in life does not imply that one is happy in life. Money is a multiplier. It can either multiply your happiness or multiply your sadness.
Third, because we are on our journey going back to the Creator of all these bountiful blessings. And we have to start learning and living an abundant Christian life; not just living an abundant life. This is where fulfillment is. Nor do we have to content ourselves living a Christian life; it is taking for granted the very right of bountiful blessings that came along with our right to live.
Let us claim our right to these bountiful blessings, and live an abundant Christian life so as to help others to live a life abundant for every person.
***One may also say abundant Buddhist life, abundant Hindu life, abundant Muslim life, and so forth.