Read this chapter excerpt, “I Love Life (Overcoming working for God, instead of working with God)” from Steve’s book, Victorious Mindsets:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life . . . more abundantly” (John 10:10). “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil . . . ” (I Peter 3:10).
Do you love life?
I am not asking if you love God, but something different. Do you truly love to be alive? Peter lets us know that there is a pathway to “loving life.” Jesus also said that He came to give us abundant life, not just eternal life.
The Greek word for “abundant” in John 10:10 is “perissos” which means “superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); excessive; advantage; exceedingly; very highly; and beyond measure.” If we combine any of these words with “life,” we realize we have been promised something wonderful for living now.
One main way to grow in loving life is to focus on working with God instead of for God. This perspective will help us be child-like, which will enable us to see life as full of possibilities, adventure and opportunities (because we are friends with a good and big God). Those with a “working for God” mindset can find it difficult to love life to its fullest because of a fear of displeasing God and being ultimately punished for not measuring up.
“Working with God” can be easier with our strengths than with our failures because we wrongly believe we must “get our act together” before reconnecting with God. This mistaken thinking is at the root of why many Christians don’t “love life.” Hebrews 4:15-16 is an antidote to this error and an igniter to loving life: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses . . . Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace . . . and find grace to help in time of need.” Even in our weaknesses, the Father delights in giving grace (divine enablement), so we can experience the abundant life. Now that is good news!
by Steve Backlund
The TRUTH shall make you free!
What we believe is ultimately more important than what we do. The course of our lives is set by our deepest core beliefs (mindsets). These mindsets are either a stronghold for God’s purposes or a playhouse for the enemy of our souls. In Victorious Mindsets, Steve Backlund reveals 50 biblical attitudes that are foundational for those who desire to walk in the freedom and power.
* Includes 50 Biblical Mindsets for Dynamic Living and Powerful Ministry