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Topic: Weary (05/03/12)
TITLE: The Essence of Abundance
By Earl G Donaldson
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We don’t know a lot about God, which is as it should be, because God’s world is at least as far above our world as we are above such things as refrigerators, radios and automobiles. We do know, however, that God is a creator––after all, God created the world––and as a creator, God must love God's creation. All creators love what they create. When a young girl paints a Mother’s Day card for her mother, she loves the card she painted, and she wants her mother to love it also and be proud of it. She wants her mother to show the card to her friends and put it up on the refrigerator. Creators love what they create. As John 3:16 points out, “God so loved the world.” The word world is our translation of the Greek word Cosmos which means “all of God’s creation.”
God, therefore, must be really pleased when human beings, that portion of God’s creation that God created to make his world work (Genesis 2:15), do good things in an attempt to do their job and fulfill their redemptive purpose. It must actually please God to see human beings become weary as a result of their effort. God created the world in such a way that humans could experience a period of darkness every day so they could rest from their labor. The concept of one day in seven for rest is as old as life itself (Genesis 2:2). Fatigue and other emotions with which humans struggle serve to demonstrate the resilient nature of God’s creation. As the writer of the Book of Hebrews pointed out, It was out of weakness that the heroes of the faith were “made strong” (Hebrews 11:34).
The challenge is to remember that fatigue is normal, a part of the marvelous “cause and effect” operating system God created for our world, as are such emotions as hunger, lonesomeness, anger, fear, worry and even hate. Jesus came not to remove these emotions and take us out of the world (John 17:15), but instead to enable us to be, as Paul said, “more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37-39). As Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). This is the essence of abundance––the freedom and confidence to utilize the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to live above and beyond all negative emotions. Believers have access to the most powerful force in the universe, the Spirit of the Living God, who came into our world for the sole purpose of enabling believers to experience emotional freedom, maintain their self-control and use their time, ability and energy to move God’s creation forward.
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