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Life and Death - May 5, 2014

 

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

I hope that “Loving God, loving people, and loving life” becomes a defining theme at Better Life Church. It expresses our personal passion to build a healthy church full of healthy people who have a relationship with God.

I am a positive person and desire so much for this to flow through our congregation that people say, “it is so positive there.”  This, I pray, will serve as a contrast to those who think that the “church” is a place that is dead and lifeless. Sadly, there are some churches that were once thriving places of worship but have degenerated to a state of ill-health. Somewhere along the line they began to lose the spark of life.

The analogy between the Church and a human body is scriptural, yet the “body of Christ” was never meant to represent a dead, lifeless corpse. Instead, we should reflect a body that is pulsating with life, energy and creativity – the image of the very Source of Life Himself.

Jesus is synonymous with life. Everything about Him points towards healing and wholeness but there are some who blame God for their ill health. I have never found scripture that says His will for us is sickness. On the contrary, Jesus said: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The elements of an abundant life don’t include suffering and sickness. Death and destruction is the desire of the devil. Jesus referred to him as a “thief” and he will always try to rob us of the life God intends for us.

During our lives, we will find ourselves facing the health hazards the devil throws our way. These could be attacks against our physical bodies, emotions, relationships, and even our churches.

The good news is that God has ensured that we are well equipped and positioned to win. The Bible provides us with the wisdom we need to sustain health and life across the spectrum of our lives.

**adopted from “How to Maximize Your Life”, by Brian Houston, p. 159-160