Plenty of Reasons Why
Abundant life is essential for successful Christian living



















An abundance of friendships

Stephanie befriends types of people that most try to avoid. She has genuine heart-felt love for the unlovely, the ungodly and the marginalised. She accepts and respects them, as though Jesus now calls them friends.

An abundance of prayer

Stephanie is an intercessor. She prays earnestly for the needs of others, knowing how much more God cares for them. Stephanie uses fasting as a way to enrich her prayer life and ask God to reveal more of Himself to her.







An abundance of self esteem

Stephanie found her self worth was actually based on a debt she owed to Jesus Christ. She learnt that God's love is the basis for her self love, and the more she realised she owed Him, the more she realised her worth.






An abundance of character

Stephanie wears her character like a bagde of honor, because it has been forged and moulded through years of the toughest tests. Every test allows Christ's spirit to become stronger in her, until it makes her worthy of the title 'overcomer'.
Living His way, so we experience His Life

It is helpful to remind ourselves again of the four keys to living a pleasing life. (1) Righteous living is God's will for those He has made righteous and holy. (2) Performing deeds of kindness, generosity and mercy is integral to those He has given His loving Spirit. (3) Humbly serving God is a response of a concerned and faithful follower. (4) Our lifeline to God is by relying on Him through prayer to guide, sustain and provide for us, as Jesus did and taught.

Holiness

'Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.' (1 Peter 2:1 NIV)

'Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God'. (2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV)

'Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.' (Colossians 3:5-10 NIV)

Good deeds

'Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.' (Ephesians 5:1-3 NIV)

'Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.' (Philippians 2:1-4 NIV)

Humbly serving

'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favouritism.' (Colossians 3:23-25 NIV)

'For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.' (Romans 14:17-18 NIV)

'So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.' (1 Corinthians 3:7-9 NIV)

'You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Galatians 5:13-14 NIV)

'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

'Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.’ (1 Peter 4:10-12 NIV)

Relying on God through prayer

'The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.' (Proverbs 15:8 NIV) 'The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.' (Proverbs 15:29 NIV)

'Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' (Mark 14:38 NIV)

'One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.' (Luke 6:12 NIV) 'Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ (Luke 9:18 NIV) 'As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.' (Luke 9:29 NIV)

'They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.' (Acts 1:14 NIV) 'They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.' (Acts 2:42 NIV) 'After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.' (Acts 4:31 NIV) 'At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.' (Acts 10:1-4 NIV)

'I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.' (Romans 15:30 NIV) 'I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.' (Ephesians 1:16-19 NIV)

'And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ' (Philippians 1:9-10 NIV) 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.' (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) 'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' (Colossians 4:2 NIV) 'For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.' (Colossians 1:9-12 NIV) 'We constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.' (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NIV)

'Is anyone among you ill? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.' (James 5:14-16 NIV)


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