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Abounding

17 September 2023 ‘Always abounding in the work of the Lord.’ 1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

In Scripture the word ‘abounding’ means ‘to overflow.’ Today let’s look at three ‘abounding’ Scriptures and see what we can learn: 1) Abounding iniquity. ‘Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold’ (Matthew 24:12 KJV). The word ‘iniquity’ means ‘lawlessness.’ Before we meet with Jesus, our lives are very different. We have no boundaries. We’re controlled by our impulses and more inclined to give in to them. We’re willing to go anywhere, do anything, and say whatever we feel like saying. Think back to the time before Jesus was part of your life – you’ll  be amazed by how far God has brought you. And what was God’s solution to sin and ungodly ways? It was: 2) Abounding grace. ‘Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more’ (Romans 5:20 NKJV). God’s grace can’t be earned, and we don’t deserve it. And that’s a good thing, because we were all spiritually bankrupt – none of us had enough goodness by ourselves to be worthy of grace. But as Martin Luther said, ‘The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.’ It’s feeling bad about sin that leads to feeling good about God’s grace. Do you remember the day Jesus found you, saved you, brought you into His family and showered you with His blessings? What should your response to such grace be? 3) Abounding in the work of the Lord. ‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.’ Our love for God should fill us to overflowing with the desire to serve Him in whatever ways we can! So pray, ‘Father, today I give myself fully to You, to be used in Your service as You see fit.’ 

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