How to Live Your Life to the Fullest
- Monday, May 06, 2013
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Nancy Grisham's new book, Thriving: Trusting God to the Fullest (Baker Books, 2013).
Everyone dreams of thriving in life. Yet too often, we settle for simply surviving the challenges that come our way in this fallen world.
If you’re just trying to get by in life, remember that Jesus has promised everyone who follows Him the ability to live life to the fullest. You can experience that kind of life – regardless of your circumstances – when you trust God to help you develop it. Here’s how:
Receive God’s powerful love. God’s love is the essence of who God is, and His love is far more powerful than your circumstances or feelings. You can count on God loving you completely and unconditionally at all times and in all situations. God’s love is a free gift to you, so you don’t need to try to earn it. There is absolutely nothing that can separate you from God’s love, so you can’t ever lose it. Choose to base your hope on God’s love rather than on anything less than that. Open your soul to fully receive God’s love for you every day.
Trust God’s goodness during tough times. God’s goodness is part of His character, so you can rely on His goodness in any situation. Incorporate regular times of prayer and worship into your daily life, so you can stay closely connected to God and keep His goodness at the forefront of your mind. When you encounter challenges, bring your problems to God expecting that God will intervene to help you solve them, at the right times and in the right ways. Keep in mind that God is always at work in your life, so something good can be happening in you even when trouble is happening to you. Invite God to accomplish good purposes in your life; He will use even the worst circumstances in your life to bring about good when you trust Him to do so.
Tap into the Holy Spirit’s power. If you’re a Christian, God has given you the incredible gift of His Spirit within your soul. Turn your attention to the Holy Spirit’s presence within you by regularly clearing your mind of what distracts you from God and seeking to enjoy God’s presence with you in the routine rhythms of life. As you seek to walk in step with the Holy Spirit, you’ll learn to recognize His voice speaking to you. As you listen to the Spirit speak to you and yield your will to His, He will empower you to live a life that reflects what’s best for you.
Change your mind by changing your life. Renew your mind daily by spending time reading, studying, meditating on, and applying God’s Word, the Bible. The more you get to know the Bible, the more it will impact your attitudes, which will help you make wise decisions that will lead you to an abundant life. Before you read the Bible, start by praying that God will help you know and love Him more through what you read. Then ask God to help you be and do what He wants, as He calls you through His Word. Expect God to change you from the inside out as you interact with Him through the Bible.
Get to know who you are and what you have in Christ. Remember that, as a Christian, you’re righteous, a holy saint, and forgiven completely for your sin. You can enjoy benefits such as peace and joy that come from your connection to God. So fully open these wonderful gifts by making sure that your motives, actions, and words line up with God’s truth. Remember that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ; there are only blessings that you need to simply receive into your life with gratitude.
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