"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Face of the True Abundant Life
If you are good and passionate at what you want to do with your life, if you add to your passion hard work and if you have a vision, you will be successful; even if you don’t acknowledge God. The devil will be there to assist you, use you and destroy you. Remember the story of Babel in Chapter eleven of Genesis? In verse 6 God made a profound statement,
“… now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” (NKJV)
You must understand that these folks were completely outside of the will of God. As a matter fact, the root of every false religion can be found in the Tower of Babel story. Nevertheless, God needed to personally stop them because they were going to be successful in their ungodly purpose.
How many unbelievers do you know who are successful? They have the best house, great cars and everything money can buy. So what do we need God for, outside of salvation? The Bible tells us in John 10:10,
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (NKJV)
How then can that abundant life looks like? There is something the world cannot give you like the Lord can; it is something the human heart longs for: peace.
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)
How many people have you seen or how many stories have you personally witnessed, where even though the “successful” have it all, they destroy themselves? That is because they do not have the peace of God. The peace of God is what guards our hearts (Emotions) and minds (Thought process, decision making, etc.)
God’s ways are not our ways. His ways require that you give your life for others. It is not about you; a desire to make a name for yourself is un-Godly. We must serve. We must be people that are aggressive and intentional about making the fist commandment a reality in our hearts. We must bring down the idols of our lives. When we do, just like the children of Israel, we will experience great prosperity. When we don’t, we will end up taken captive and being slaves of this world system.