John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

The abundant life was given by Jesus, but every day we have an enemy who attempts to destroy the abundant life Jesus provided. The enemy attempts to destroy our abundant life by magnifying the negative events around us and putting them on constant display in our minds. We have to be cognizant of his scheme to destroy our abundant life (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Although Jesus provided abundant life, it takes faith to maintain our abundant life. Throughout the day, there are several faith fights we must have to maintain what Jesus provided. When we experience feelings of stress, sadness, fear, discouragement, sickness, envy, or hate, that’s the enemy attempting to take our abundant life. Our counter attack is to recognize the ungodly feeling, boldly declare what the Word says about the situation, and declare it continuously until the negative feeling goes away.

If we’re feeling sad, boldly declare that the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). If we’re feeling insecure, declare I’m fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). We may have to do this repeatedly for hours, days, or even weeks; but, it allows us to maintain our abundant life instead of spiraling down a path full of negative emotions and expecting someone or something to fill the void.

Operate in faith to maintain everything Jesus provided.