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Are You Just Existing or Living Abundantly

The choices we make come at a big price. The price of existing efficiently is that it leads to an empty, very shallow and frustrating life that is beneath your greatest potential and abilities. The cost of living an abundant life is that you must dedicate yourself to living authentically by getting rid of every self imposed fear, all of the lies from your past, be committed to develop, sharpen and maximize your greatest potential, and become the person you always wanted to be. You owe it to yourself to release the champion, the creative genius, and the victorious person hidden on the inside of you.  Not only will it benefit you, but it will bless the world!

The average person spends at least 83,200 hours working in their lifetime. How we approach work and live our lives is an important part of how fulfilled, satisfied and content we are. You haven't really lived until you have found your life's purpose and a cause to concentrate your greatest focus and efforts towards. You see, life presents us with at least two choices. Either we can exist and barely survive or live abundantly as the Scriptures teach in 3 John 1:2, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."  

By simply making a conscious decision that you will live abundantly will affect and change many things in the world around you, and you don't have to be a politician, famous actor, celebrity, or business tycoon to make a difference. It's a matter of recognition and development. If people would begin to spend their time more effectively investing in themselves rather than tearing others down, or being jealous or envious of them, they would recognize that what they really want is already within themselves.  Our purpose came from God, and we must go to Him as our Creator and Master Designer to find out what He made us for, and pursue it.

Statistically speaking, approximately ninety percent of people within our work force are existing, even if they enjoy what they do, rather than living abundantly. They go to work on Monday wishing that it was Friday already, or can hardly wait for Friday to hurry up and get there.  The symptoms include just getting by, barely making it, and just making a living. Right up until this very moment you've done an efficient job of just existing, but from now on you're going to begin living an abundant life that is filled with joy, fulfillment and enthusiasm. The key is to frame your world around your greatest gifting, purpose and cause instead of forcing your life to be conformed, molded and shaped around your work; putting too much pressure on work to satisfy your life and it never will. What's even worse is, prioritizing work which cannot satisfy before a living God, who is the only one that cannot only satisfy the soul, but also give you a future and a hope that is filled with purpose and destiny.

Life was meant to be lived three-dimensionally!  When it is lived three-dimensionally you're not merely living from birthday to birthday, but with purpose and fulfillment with great joy and satisfaction, because you're carrying out what you were designed and created to do. That's when you really start living understanding the height, depth, and width of your calling in life with intentionality and on purpose. So, never settle for a mere existence when you can LIVE ABUNDANTLY!

What a tragedy to have existed and never lived. ~Dr. Myles Monroe

Share your thoughts and comments.  I look forward to hearing from you. Push the "Share" button and pass it on.  Thank you.

37 Comments to Are You Just Existing or Living Abundantly:

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Toiya Moffatt on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:55 PM
Thank you Dr.Beth for sharing on this topic. You have addressed an issue that many of us have faced at one point of our lives so well, and you have pointed out the clear and sure solution to this dilemma, God. Things and positions can't offer true gratification no more than mere routine and bare existence. But when your life is aligned with God's will and you have received your identity and purpose from him, then move on it with faith, success and true joy is a certainty. God bless you.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:54 AM
Toiya, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. They are greatly appreciated. Your statement about, "when your life is aligned with God's will and you have received your identity and purpose from him, then move on it with faith, success and true joy is a certainty." was especially encouraging to hear, because it reflects the fact that you have a very good grasp on the subject at hand. In order to live an abundant live that us fulfilling and purposeful, we must go to God who is our originator and receive His insight, wisdom and direction. Then and only then can we really have it all - A Sense of Destiny and Real Joy!

TRACIE FIELDS on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:02 PM
Living a God purpose filled life is the only way to live abundantly. Personally I have found that things or people can't fill the spaces that were meant to be filled by God. It may take some of us longer than others to discover Gods purpose for us but once we recognize what it is and align ourselves accordingly we are well on our way to doing more than existing .  It is only then that we can live the abundant life He meant for us to live. Not a life filled with material things but a life that speaks out loud and compels others to find their purpose in life. 
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:12 PM
Wow, Tracie, your comments on the blog were well focused and precisely on point with the subject! When we discover God's purpose and pursue it full-force, we begin to live a victorious and abundant life in accordance with His original intent and will for us. A fulfilled life is an abundant life! Thank you for sharing your comments with us. God bless you.

Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Thursday, September 13, 2012 11:24 AM
I believe that the most important thing in life is the pursuit of purpose. Purpose defines the reason that you exist. Purpose can never be found in just doing something or just existing. Purpose literally defines why God put you here. When it is discovered life begins to have real meaning, it is like flowers blossoming because suddenly things come to life. Purpose removes the humdrum from existence and makes day to day life exciting. When a person knows the reason why they no longer search for reasons they start to live.
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:17 PM
No humdrum life for me Apostle, Dr. Stanley! Thanks for sharing your comments on the blog. They express and reflect the key behind living abundantly. It lies within knowing the purpose of God, and blossoming in that place of purpose. In doing so, we ultimately begin to gain a strong sense of destiny, purpose and fulfillment, which brings great joy and satisfaction in life. Living deliberately brings abundant living!

Allen Wilson on Friday, September 14, 2012 1:07 AM
There is a place for everyone in the plan of God. No one can take our place. Each one of us were born to meet a need in creation. We were born to be a difference in our generation. The Church on earth is heaven's clasroom for training earthly kings. How well we pay attention in heaven's classroom will determine how well we meet the Kingdom Mandate to live abundantly.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Friday, September 14, 2012 10:56 PM
Well spoken Allen. You have an interesting and unique point of view, which I have enjoyed reading. The church is heaven's classroom. It is the educational institution for citizens of the Kingdom of God to be instructed in righteousness and truth. If we are committed to honoring the system that God setup we'll begin to prosper in spirit, soul, and body as He originally intended, and there will be no question about whether we're living the abundant life or just existing. The evidence will be obvious. Thank you for sharing your comments with us. God bless.

Tracy Fields on Friday, September 14, 2012 10:24 PM
That was a very insiteful post Dr. Beth. I agree we all have a gifting that God has placed within us. Unfortunately many times it goes untapped and untested because Satan will use anything or anyone he can to keep us from using that gift to build up the Kindome. The great thing is just like the gift locked inside of us, we also have the key to letting it out. It's called relationship with God. Building and sustaining this relationship will unlock amazing powerful men of women of God that have so much to contribute by using those gifts.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Friday, September 14, 2012 11:18 PM
Tracy, thank you for sharing your thoughts and insight on our community blog. We must remember that our gifts and abilities were given to us by God in order to advance His Kingdom in the earth, and if we want to live abundantly it'll only happen if we acknowledge Him first, follow His lead, and pursue His original purpose for each one of us. The abundant life comes as a result of our relationship with God first and begins hen it becomes manifest externally as a direct by-product of the inner prosperity of the soul that has already taken place. I look forward to hearing from you again. Optimum Blessings!

Nikki Godbolt on Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:22 PM
Wow, thanks Apostle Beth, this is so true, because Jesus died so that we may have life and that more abundantly! I believe that God has placed so much in us and he has prepared so much for us but we must seek him in order to apprehend the life Jesus died to give us! I truely believe that most Christians have not even begun to live the abundant life! I must be honest, I'm sick of just exsisting and living from paycheck to paycheck, God give us the abundant life! Let us walk In power and demonstrate your Kingdom for real and let your will be done in Jesus name! Amen
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, September 17, 2012 10:36 AM
Nikki, thank you for being so candid in sharing your comments with us. You're correct in the fact that Jesus Christ shed His blood for us to live the abundant life. Therefore, anything less is absolutely unacceptable. In order to experience what He prescribed and had in mind for us, we must first go to His Word, find out what it says, and then take the initiative to do it. When we seek the fullness of God's original intent I believe that we'll find true peace, contentment and satisfaction in life. Living the abundant life is living a Spirit led life in accordance with God's purpose and original intent for us. God bless you.

JD Smith on Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:38 PM
Great Word Apostle Beth! Nature itself teaches either something is growing or it is dying! There is no holding pattern in life! Sadly so many people are already dead on the inside and are simply waiting for their body to catch up. They have already let their dreams, goals and/or visions die before they could see the light of day. Many without realizing where dreams and true greatness originates allow men to act as takers and stagnators in their lives. The Bible revealed this fact & truth to not only the patriarchs of the Bible but also to the fathers of America, who firmly stated in the founding documents of this nation that is God who gives all men true rights and liberty. Thank you again for reminding us that God says to shift our hearts & minds to go from merely surviving to thriving thru His Word & relationship with Him thru Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, September 17, 2012 11:00 AM
My dear Brother, James D. Smith, Sr., your comments are very insightful and true. Unfortunately many people allow their potential, dreams, vision and goals die on their lap without ever seeing them come to pass. What a tragedy! However, once a person realizes how great God's plan for them is and embraces it new life begins and true freedom emerges. God never intended for anyone to merely survive. Quite to the contrary, His delight is seeing His people thrive and life abundantly. Optimum Blessings!

Marsha Wilson on Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:13 PM
Great blog! God placed within each one of us gifts, talents, and abilities, so that we may be equipped to fulfill our Kingdom assignment. Building a relationship with God, knowing His voice, and getting in alignment with His will is key. It is within those perimeters, I believe we will begin to live the abundant life that God wants us to live. God bless you!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, September 17, 2012 11:10 AM
Precisely, Marsha! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments on this months community blog. All of the combined abilities God has endowed us with were given with His divine intent and purpose in mind. These gifts, talents, abilities and skills were given to us so that we can fulfill His purpose and destiny for our lives, which encompasses the abundant life. In essence, living abundantly is a direct by-product of abounding and maximizing one's purpose and potential to the fullest degree. God bless you.

Travis Mimms on Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:35 AM
I am reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 "for I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."- You see, our answer to living an abundant life is in the mind of God. When we pray and repent to God, He will reveal to us His thoughts concerning our lives. It's all for His glory not ours.. His voice can be heard from within us, because as a believer in His Son Jesus Christ, He now lives within us. So everything we need for our destiny is already inside of us. It is important to get rid of every distraction that is sent to destroy our destiny, this will cause us and to hear His voice clearer. Awesome blog..Optimum Blessings!
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We must live a life that’s filled with abundance. In other words, we must live a life that’s filled with richness, productivity, and fruitfulness. There’s a substantial need for people to jump out of the ordinary existence mode and live a life that’s zealously speaking out and acting out the concrete word of God. This brings richness, productivity, and fruitfulness. God desires for us to have more than enough! It was never His intent for mankind to live in mediocrity, but it was His plan for us to live in abundance! Everything and everyone rightfully connected or joined to God must flourish. There's no lacking in God!
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