JOHN 3:16 “For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
DEFINITION OF LIFE
THE CHARACTERISTIC STATE OR CONDITION OF A LIVING ORGANISIM
2. A CHARCTERISTIC OF EXISTENCE.
A PLEASENT, EASY, OR LUXURIOUS MANNER OF EXISTENCE
ANIMATION, SPIRIT, OR LIVELINESS; FULL OF LIFE
STRENGTH OR FRESHNESS OF FLAVOR
AMP Eph 2:10 For we are god’s own handiwork, workmanship, recreated in christ jesus, born anew that we may do those good works which god predestined (planned beforehand) for us , taking paths which he prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them, living the good life which he prearranged and made ready for us to live.
JESUS CAME FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESTORING TO US TRUE LIFE.
JOHN 10:10 ZOE – THE GOD KIND OF LIFE.
THE ZOE OF GOD IS THE NATURE OF GOD.
JESUS CAME TO GIVE US THE NATURE OF GOD.
I John 5:12 SAY’S “HE WHO HAS THE SON HAS LIFE”.
Acts 3:31 SAY’S “JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF LIFE”.
John 11:25 JESUS SAID, “I AM THE RESURECTION AND THE LIFE”
John 14:6 JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE”
John 1:4 TELLS US THAT IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN.
2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of god, and of jesus our lord, 3 according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
WE MUST LEARN TO NUTURE OUR NATURE AND DEVELOP IN THE LIFE.
ABUNDANTLY “GRK. PARASOS” – SUPERABUNDANT IN QUANTITY AND SUPERIOR IN QUALITY
IF YOU WANT THE QUANTITY AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT GOD DESIGNS YOU HAVE, YOU MUST CHOOSE LIFE.
HIS WORD IS THE VEHICLE THAT CONTAINS WITHIN IT THE SEEDS OF LIFE
John 6:63 “My words are spirit and life”
“JESUS IS CALLED, THE WORD OF GOD” (Rev 19:13)
“HE IS THE WORD OF LIFE” (I John 1:1)
PRINCIPLES ON LIVING THE GOOD LIFE ACCORDING TO THE WORD
1.SEEKING GOD IS A NON-NEGOTIABLE BECAUSE TRUE LIVING CAN ONLY BE DESIGNED BY GOD AND GIVEN BY GOD
MESS Psa 139:13 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb. 14 i thank you, high god—you’re breathtaking! body and soul, i am marvelously made! i worship in adoration—what a creation! 15 you know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how i was made, bit by bit, how i was sculpted from nothing into something. 16 like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before i’d even lived one day.
Duet 30:19 “I set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. so choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the lord your god, by obeying his voice, and by holding fast to him. for this is your life and length of days.
YOU MUST LEARN TO PURSUE THE ONE WHO IS LIFE.
NLT Prov 8:32 “And so, my children, listen to me, for happy are all who follow my ways. 33 listen to my counsel and be wise. don’t ignore it.
34 “happy are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! 35 for whoever finds me finds life and wins approval from the lord.
LIFE’S NOT CHEAP, YOU GOTTA GO AFTER IT.
Ps16:11 “thou will make known to me the path of life; in thy presence is full of joy; in thy right hand there are pleasures forever.
Ps 36:9 “For with thee is the fountain of life, in thy light we see light”
Matthew 7:13-14 “The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it.
THERE’S ALWAYS TWO PATHS, GODS’ WAY OR YOUR WAY.
2 Pet 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;
7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 for if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our lord jesus christ. 9 for he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about his calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our lord and savior jesus christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
Eph 4:17 This i say therefore, and affirm together with the lord, that you walk no longer just as the gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of god, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart
Prov 3:5 HE’S THE DIRECTOR, THE CONDUCTOR. SEEK HIM.
LONG AND ABUNDANT-LIFE, CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED BY A CONTINUAL DIET OF WISDOM FROM THE WORD OF GOD.
Prov 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2 for length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you.
16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.
21 My son, let them not depart from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22 so they will be lifeto your soul, and adornment to your neck.
Prov 4:10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings, and the years of your life will be many.
13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. guard her, for she is your life.
20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21 do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body. 23 watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Psa 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 but his delight is in the law of the lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. 3 and he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
STREAMS OF LIFE – THE WATER OF LIFE.
Rev 21:6 SAY’S “I am the alpha and omega the begining and the end. i will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
Rev 22:1 “ And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of god and of the lamb.
Vs 17 “And the spirit and the bride say “come” and the one who hears say, “come” and let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
3. A TRULY HAPPY AND GOOD LIFE REQUIRES THAT I GUARD MY TONGUE.
Psa 34:12 Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good? 13 keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
1 Pet 3:10 For, “let him who means to love life and see good days refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile. 11 “and let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 “for the eyes of the lord are upon the righteous, and his ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the lord is against those who do evil.”
Prov 13:3 “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life. the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.
Prov 15:4 “A Soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit.
Prov 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life”.