“I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.” – John 10:10 (GNT)

Do you want God’s best for your life? Do you even know what that entails? God’s best is found in Christ, and He wants you to live the abundant life. In other words, He desires to bless you in the fullest way possible.

Sadly, it is a common narrative for people, especially Christians, to settle for something mediocre and end up missing out on the great things God had planned for them.

Too often, we settle for less and don’t even bother believing for more because of a false religious concept that says we are to be nothing, have nothing, and do nothing. These thoughts only keep us stuck in mediocrity.

God has invited us to experience something awesome! What He has prepared for us is never mediocre or less than. Every promise He makes is always a reflection of His grace.

When we say yes to God’s best, our faith will begin to go after all He has made available to us. Saying yes to God’s best means saying no to anything less.

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2

If there is one area of our lives where we tend to struggle the most, it’s in our minds. Why is this a problem? The Bible says as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

Social thinkers even warn us that if we think negative thoughts for too long, then we are in danger of acting on those thoughts.

Thoughts drive actions. For example, if a person thinks hateful thoughts long enough, pretty soon he or she will be a person who is full of hate, and will eventually act on that hate.

Taking control of your thought life means that you purposely drive your thoughts in the right direction. If a negative thought comes into your mind, you can choose not to dwell on it.

You can take action by rejecting the negative thought and replacing it with a positive thought. Continue to replay those positive thoughts over and over again until they become part of you. Take charge of your thoughts today!

“The LORD answered, “My presence will go [with you,] and I will give you peace.” – Exodus 33:14 (GWT) 

Troubling times have the propensity to influence our minds with fear and anxiety, causing us to lose sight of God’s presence in our lives. To build a greater awareness that God is always with us, we must make the intentional effort of focusing our minds on the promises outlined in His Word.

By doing so, we can have peace and confidence even in the midst of great difficulty. It’s a lifetime practice we will never grow out of if we intend to be people of strong faith.

No matter who you are, where you are, or what dangers surround you, you have the greatest protection plan available to you in Christ. When you are totally aware of God’s powerful presence in your life, all fear subsides. In God’s presence is everything you need to live in victory.

“And this salvation is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the undeserved, gracious gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)

God wants us to live the abundant life He has designed us to live. The abundant life encompasses a life of victory, freedom, forgiveness, favor, peace, joy, and wholeness in every way.

What a powerful description of the abundant life in Christ! It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. We must begin to see God as our loving Heavenly Father who desires to bless us beyond our wildest dreams.

Don’t get hung up on the “I don’t deserve it” mentality. That statement reflects a false sense of humility that downplays the finished works of Christ. Our Father doesn’t give us what we deserve; He gives us what Jesus deserves.

Every gift from God is a gift of grace, and we can’t work hard enough to earn it. So, instead of saying, “I don’t deserve God’s favor because I’m so unworthy”, start saying, “Thank You, Father, for Your undeserved favor and grace! I receive it in Jesus’ name because You are worthy!”

Start seeing yourself correctly in Christ!