Health & Medical Self-Improvement

#5 - What Are the First Steps to Living Life "More Abundantly"?

Now that you know what an abundant life is and why you should live it, it's time to step out on faith and begin your new life.
But there is one thing that should precede action in every situation.
(I know...
it's rare that a coach would discourage a client from taking immediate action - I do!) Before I give you specific actions to take, I must first ask you to commit to living your life more abundantly.
You see, without commitment there will be no follow-through! Without commitment, when the problems, criticism and negativity come, you will not be able to stand strong and live the beautiful life you desire.
Commitment is standing firm on a Spirit-led decision- even when it's uncomfortable to do so.
So, if you are ready to live your life more abundantly, ready to experience the hand of God in every area of your life, then I ask you right now to commit by saying these words aloud (and, yes, it's important that you say them aloud because there's power in speaking - remember Proverbs 18:21 death and life are in the power of the tongue!): "I commit to living my life more abundantly.
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Making this commitment to yourself will help you to stand strong and do what it takes to live this awesome lifestyle! Your actions will not be affected by feeble emotions (like fear or discouragement) - you will be able to move forward, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, despite how difficult situations may appear.
Those fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 will help you to overcome in the face of adversity.
You truly will be able to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7).
Now that you've made the commitment to live an abundant life, here's some work for you to do (Remember, the diligent Christian is unlike the lazy man in Proverbs 20:4.
The diligent Christian plows!).
So here are the 3 changes must follow the commitment you've made: 1.
You must change your mindset - you must possess an "abundance mindset".
This is not to be confused with the mindset of financial gain that's popular right now.
My definition of an "abundance mindset" comes from Philippians 2 and it requires that you "let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
" To have Jesus' mindset, you must do 2 things: a.
Humble yourself b.
Esteem others higher than yourself In this chapter Paul shares exactly how Jesus humbled himself and how God exalted Him as a result.
Simply put, look for ways to bless others, encourage, love and uplift others! Look for ways to comfort those around you.
Follow Jesus' example! If you want to be exalted, humble yourself.
If you want a full, abundant life, learn to think highly of others and look for ways to serve them.
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Change Your Speech - According to Mark 11:23, You will have whatsoever you say, if you believe in your heart and don't doubt.
There is significance in saying, my friend.
If you are going to live an abundant life, you will have to learn to "speak life"! I want you to begin blessing your home and your workplace.
Bless your family and your marriage and your friendships.
Speak life over your finances.
And don't just say it - like Mark 11:23 says, believe it.
Believe in your heart that you will have whatsoever you say, and begin to say those things you want.
Don't let there be any negativity in your vocabulary! Change your speech! 3.
Change Your Actions - You will have to make a conscious decision every day to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh, and trust me when I say, this is not an easy thing to do! But remember, the Holy Spirit gives us power! Paul advises us in Galatians 5 that if we walk in the Spirit, we won't fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
In other words, we have to walk a different path - model Christ's behavior.
A very significant part of "abundant living" is righteous living - not just believing and speaking, but doing as well! It's making good decisions.
It's showing love, kindness, humility and servitude! Remember Matt 7:17? It says every good tree brings forth good fruit.
The world will know you belong to Christ by your fruit! Your fruit are demonstrative of abundance.
So change your actions to show forth your abundance.
When you decide to live abundantly, you align your thoughts, your speech and your actions with that decision.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you to renew your thoughts, focus your speech and discipline your actions.
I believe these 3 will changes open the door to a brand new life for you!

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