Abundance

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Theory

If you've gotten this far, I'm going to assume you already know that 'abundant life' does not mean a lot of money. I'm not going to tell you about those other shepherds that promise their flock health and wealth. I'm not even going to go there.. We spoke about how your natural mind can only relate to things in the external world.

How often have you heard your friends say 'If only I won the lottery..', or 'If only I weren't sick, I'd be happy'... Christians who dwell in their natural mind think that circumstances make them happy - or not. So if abundant life can only be understood in your spiritual mind, what is it?

Jesus said 'He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water'. His Living Water - the Spirit of Jesus Himself - fills you, and overflows onto everything around you. So having life more abundantly, is being filled to overflowing with the spirit of Jesus. This overflowing of Love, Joy, and Peace overwhelms all of your external concerns, and makes them seem very small... Can you relate to that?

This is not an intellectual concept. This is something you 'know' in your heart. Or not. Pray the Lord opens your understanding. Pray the Lord that you will know this in your heart. I had a teacher once that explained meditation this way: Focus on a thought. Don't think about it. Just wonder about it... until you become it. Words are the shadow of the thing. Not the thing itself. You can only understand the thing itself in your heart.

Practice

Find a quiet spot. Disengage your rational mind and get into the mind of your heart. Wonder to the Lord about abundant life, and about His Living Water flowing from your heart. Keep this thought on your heart until the Lord opens your understanding. Repeat as needed. Be patient. This may take a long time.

Foundation

John 10:1-16 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep... I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

John 4:10-11 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.