ABUNDANCE PROPORTIONAL TO OBEDIENCE
God had a plan for the children of Israel.
All they had to do was follow God's instructions.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to
steal, and to kill, and to
destroy: I am come that they might
have life, and that they might
have it more abundantly.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my
It is not always easy to keep God's commands,
but it is always right.
And it always has its rewards.
We will look at three reasons to keep God's
commands this morning.
I. vs 1 THAT YE MIGHT LIVE
2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to
us‑ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should
come to repentance.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.
Salvation comes as a result of hearing
God's command and obeying.
No, I am not saying we are saved by works. I
am simply saying without trusting God's word
and by faith doing what the Bible says for
salvation, one cannot see the kingdom of God.
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance
God winked at; but now commandeth
all men every where to repent:
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise
His commands come in the form of invitation.
Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour
and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting
II. THAT YE MIGHT MULTIPLY (vs 1)
God's purpose for every believer is that
one bears fruit.
Prov 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a
tree of life; and he that winneth
souls is wise.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not
fruit he taketh away: and every
branch that beareth fruit, he
purgeth it, that it may bring forth
Matt 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and
put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house.
Matt 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess
me before men, him will I confess
also before my Father which is in
Mark 5:19 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not,
but saith unto him, Go home to thy
friends, and tell them how great
things the Lord hath done for thee,
and hath had compassion on thee.
20 And he departed, and began to
publish in Decapolis how great
things Jesus had done for him: and
all men did marvel.
2 Tim 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of
the testimony of our Lord, nor of
me his prisoner: but be thou
partaker of the afflictions of the
gospel according to the power of God;
After finding out that his wife was going to live following a serious bout
with cancer a man in hospital ran to a complete stranger hugged her and
said she is going to make it.
Good news is to be shared.
A grandmother asked her 5 year old grandson what he learned in Sunday School.
He replied “my teacher must be Jesus’ grandmother, that's all she talked about.”
Sometimes little things make a big difference.
Man came up to a woman on a busy street corner and said thank you.
He was a ticket collector for years and she always smiled.
She carried a Bible. He bought one and found Jesus.
III. THAT YE MIGHT POSSES THE LAND (vs 1)
This is Canaan land.
It is not symbolic of salvation but of the abundant life in Christ.
God wants the believer to posses the abundant life.
What is the abundant life?
Sometimes I think we get the wrong idea of the abundant life.
A. The abundant life includes testing. vs 2
1. To humble vs 3
Man does not live by bread alone
all that man can work for, all the
conveniences of life cannot fulfill
man's basic need for happiness and
Some of world's most wealthy men
are also the most unhappy.
a) God lead the children of Israel
through a wilderness 40 yrs.
b) God chastens as a man chastens
Heb 12:6‑7 6 For whom the Lord loveth he
chasteneth, and scourgeth every
son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God
dealeth with you as with sons; for
what son is he whom the father
2. Testing proves
Gives opportunity for the inward
man to be manifested outwardly.
3. Testing realize the true intent of
Why do I go to church? Why do I
give? Why do I help others? Why do
I pastor? Why do I witness? Why do
I teach sunday school?
Is the answer to please God with my life?
Is it because everyone expects it of me?
Is it for self glory?
Why do you do it?
If it is for any other reason than to please God.
Then testing will help us to re‑evaluate and adjust
our motives for obedience.
The Goal of the believer should be
to hear the words "well done thy
good and faithful servant"
B. The Abundant life includes God's
goodness vs 7‑9
Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and
shield: the LORD will give grace and
glory: no good thing will he
withhold from them that walk
1. brooks of water ‑ peace
Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth
all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ
2. fountains and depths springing from
valleys and hills
a. fountains = steady stream of satisfaction
coming from the hills ‑ knowing that God will renew
strength to those who make it through the valleys
b. depths = depths of insight, understanding and character
coming from the valleys in life
3. wheat barley = necessity
vines, fig trees, pomegranates = extra
4. olive oil pureness = healing
honey = sweetness
5. bread no scarceness, no lack for anything
Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your
need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus.
6. iron = strength
brass from hills = testimony
C. The Abundant life includes thankfulness vs 10
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or
deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the
Father by him.
1 Thes 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you.
The danger is that when God gives the
abundant life. We forget God and attibute the
wealth that we enjoy to our own efforts.
As we approach this new year, let us dwell in
the land of promise with humbleness and
thanks giving to God.