JESUS UNLOCKS THE SECRETS TO A FULL LIFE – LIFE, FAVOR, WISDOM

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For centuries, man has been searching for the Holy Grail. Some say it is a challis, some say it is information. Whatever it is, have you ever wondered why they bother? What is it that they are really after? Fame? Wealth? Health? Probably all; or at least some combination of those things, surely. But beloved, the secret to fame, wealth and health, is actually right here in the Bible; and Jesus unlocks the secrets not just to fame, wealth and health; but He also unlocks the secrets to living a full life and here they are.

Length of Days and Peace of Mind

“My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.” Proverbs 3:1-2

If you want long life, Jesus tells us to let our hearts keep the commands of God. That means, take to heart, internalize and remember His commands; and not merely repeat actions or settle into routines. Our Father is interested in what is in our heart, not merely our outward actions.

So what is the command of God?

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Yes beloved, this is what God wants us to do; to believe wholeheartedly on Jesus, in who He is, and what He accomplished on the cross for us. And when we do,

“With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:16

For “I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

But Jesus not only gives you length of days, He gives you quality, together with the quantity for The Amplified presents the same verses like this.

“For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.” Proverbs 3:2 [AMPC]

Not just a life, but a life worth living. Not just a life worth living, but a life with peace of mind too. And you can bet your bottom dollar He will deliver, because how can God, tell you to believe on His Son, and then smite you when you do? If we who are by nature sinful, can see that the last statement lacks logic, how much more will our Father in Heaven keep to His promise; firstly because He is God and He need not and cannot lie, and secondly because He loves you.

Favor, Fame and Good Repute in the Eyes of God and Man

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4

Next, be merciful and truthful; and we can do this because we remember the Truth,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

So as we have been forgiven, made righteous, no more condemned by our Father, we should also extend that same mercy to those around us, lest we become like the unforgiving servant.

“The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.
“The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.
“The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’
“The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
“The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.” Matthew 18:23-35 [MSG]

Notice that Jesus did not tell us to show mercy to just anyone; but show mercy only those who are truly repentant and ask us for mercy. And if and when we find that difficult to do, do not worry, Jesus will supply the grace, for the energy we need to live our life of salvation, is God’s energy, coming from God Himself, willing and working that which is pleasing to Him in our lives.

“What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 [MSG]

Beloved, our Father helps us to be merciful and forgive those who ask it from us. So there is no need to worry that our fallen nature will get in the way. And the result is obvious is it not? If we are merciful to those who ask for it, and truthful in all our dealings, not only will our Father be pleased, those around will look up to us as well, just as the Bible says,

“Let not mercy and kindness [shutting out all hatred and selfishness] and truth [shutting out all deliberate hypocrisy or falsehood] forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them upon the tablet of your heart.
So shall you find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight [or judgment] of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4 [AMPC]

Wisdom, Guidance and Direction

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

This is an often quoted pair of verses. But what does it mean to trust the Lord and lean not on our own understanding? How do we acknowledge Him in our ways? After all, Jesus does not send text messages or emails in response to our prayers. So how do we know we are seeking and acting upon His direction?

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7 [AMPC]

We need first to remember that our Father said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

When we remember that, we can then recognize which is His direction. Because whatever that comes from Him, must lead us to the prosperous hope and future that He planned for us. That is the reason why we can trust and be confident in the Lord. He only wants the best for us and will only give us the best. So with that in mind, we therefore know that anything that is not good for us is not part of His plan for us. And if our understanding or insight is telling us to take an option that does not enrich our bodies and souls, or makes us turn to evil, or lead a life that would not be pleasing to our Father, then that is not part of His plan for us.

Also look then for the paths that are plain and straight and most importantly, heed verse 7, and do not be wise in your own eyes, or as The Message says,

“don’t try to figure out everything on your own.” Proverbs 3:5 [MSG]

“Don’t assume that you know it all.” Proverbs 3:7 [MSG]

Just like God was in the pillar of cloud that led Israel out of Egypt, our Father also goes before you and makes your paths plain and straight. He has already done that for you so there really is no need for you to try and rely on your own strength. Take His path, which He has already made plain and trust that that path will lead you toward the prosperous hope and future that our loving Father has planned for you.

Beloved, Jesus has made it plain for us how to unlock life, favor and wisdom. Take Him up on His offer. Believe that He loves you and only wants the best for you. Let Him fill you with His grace that will always make you the bigger person in every situation. Then, let Him lead you on His path that will bring you to the prosperous future that He has in store for you.

Leave it all to Him. He loves you.

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