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“Do not love [agapaō] the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love [agapaō] for the Father is not in him [we cannot agapaō the world and God] . For ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, the lust [longing for what is forbidden] of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, IS NOT FROM THE FATHER, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF GOD LIVES FOREVER.” (1 John 2:15-17)

[The evil that is all around us, causing us so much trouble, is NOT from our Abba Father! The sickness, worry, heartache and sorrow is from that “thief” the devil tries to draw us away from God’s abundant blessings for our lives!]

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they [we] may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) [Abundantly: perissos: superabundant (in quantity, or superior in quality), exceeding abundantly above!

How much was Jesus willing to “pay” for this kind of life for us?] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

[Jesus GAVE HIS ALL so we could live a “superabundant” kind of life!] “No one takes it from me, but I LAY IT DOWN OF MY OWN ACCORD [initiative]. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:18)

[So you see, our Abba Father and our Lord Jesus Christ gave their all for us to live this abundant life!]

“For God so loved the world, that HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 10:11)

[What is keeping us from living this abundant life?] “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10)

[Satan “the liar” has come to steal away our confidence, kill our faith, and destroy our abundant life! Remember, Jesus said:]

“…the devil…When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

[Satan has troubled us with these “lies” for so long that we become afflicted with “unbelief” so, WHAT DO WE DO?] “…he [Jesus] did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith [their unbelief]. (Matt. 13:58)

[This should be our prayer…like the man who brought his son to Jesus for healing!]

“…Everything is possible for one who believes. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I DO BELIEVE; HELP ME OVERCOME MY UNBELIEF!” (Mark 9:23-24)

[Jesus made this promise to us:] “…Ask and you will receive, and YOUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE.” (John 16:24)


-Bill Stockham