2 Peter 1:3-8 NLT As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature. So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I love this portion of Scripture! The key to living life out loud with purpose and direction is in knowing Jesus Christ! When we grow to know Him more we understand all that He has given us to live life successfully out loud! What does it mean to live life out loud? To me that means that I live my life purposely and intentionally. Life can carry you along if you let it, but if you live life out loud you are the one making the choices that dictate where your life is going. You are the one who lives with purpose and direction, following the promises of God that give you faith to live a life of moral and spiritual excellence!
The New King James Version says in verse 3 that His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness! That means that whatever we need to live our lives with excellence spiritually and naturally has been given to us through the power of our relationship with Jesus Christ. His Spirit living within us enables us to live out loud!
John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Abundantly – Greek word perissos – means superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient.
Is you life filled with abundance? Is it overflowing with more than enough than you need? Maybe the thief is stealing from you without you really recognizing it. Or maybe you're not making the decisions that lead to an abundant life.
Jesus came that we might have life in abundance; an enjoyable life; one filled to overflowing with the promises of God. But we must believe and receive to experience that life. When we allow life to carry us along we are simply living out the devil's plan to steal, kill and destroy our destinies. God intends for us to live our lives out loud, with purpose and the direction that He gives to overcome all the attacks of the evil one.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
God's promises are to be fulfilled in us to His glory and honor. Have you ever thought that God's goodness to you when lived out through your life would bring Him glory? His promises are positive, Yes and Amen, so be it and when we live out loud with His direction and purpose His promises are fulfilled in our lives and He receives glory from a life that reflects His goodness!
The choice is ours to make. Will we live the life that God has given us out loud with purpose and direction or will we be carried along by what life brings our way?
Father, I thank You for the life that You have given me; a life filled with Your goodness, with Your promises and with Your abundance! Thank You for giving Jesus to die for me that I might have the opportunity to life my life in Him, with Your Spirit's direction and provision. Thank You for giving me the choice to live my life with Your purpose and direction.
Father, I pray for those who may be struggling with what life has brought their way. I pray that they will know You, the only true God and that You will show them the good plan that You have for their lives so they can begin to make the choices that bring Your promises into being in their lives. May they seek You with their whole heart and come to know You in reality in their lives. I pray that the eyes of their understanding will be enlightened that they might see Your promises and walk in alignment with them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.