LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD-Part 1
“THE LORD IS ALWAYS GOOD. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.” Psalm 100:5 (TLB)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I FORGET GOD’S GOODNESS?
“What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you are so great, and as though you accomplished it all on your own?” 1 Corinthians 4:7 (TLB)
Jesus: “If you, as imperfect parents, know how to give good gifts to your own children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?” Luke 11:13 (NLT)
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our good and gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it!” Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
David: “Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of your love.” Psalm 69:16a (NIV)
“Protect me, God, because I trust in you. You are my Lord! And every good thing I have comes from you!’” Psalm 16:1-2 (ICB/NCV)
Paul: “We can have joy even in our troubles, because we know that these troubles are good for us, producing patience… and character… and hope!” Romans 5:3 (NLT/NCV)
“And we know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him, and are called according to his good purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NCV)
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I’d see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Instead I thought ‘Wait for the Lord! Be strong and let your heart take courage! Yes, wait for the Lord!’” Psalm 27:13-14 (NAS)
PSALM 23: BECAUSE GOD IS GOOD…
1. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I will lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1
2. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, and he leads me beside quiet waters.” Psalm 23:2
3. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“He restores my soul” Psalm 23:3a
“He gives me new strength” Psalm 23:3a (NCV)
4. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“He guides me in the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3b
5. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:4
6. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4b
7. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“You prepare a banquet for me in front of all my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5
8. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.” Psalm 23:6a
9. HE WILL ____________________________________________________________!
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6b
Jesus: “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11 (NLT)
“Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
“I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT)
THE SECRETS OF FINISHING WELL
2 Corinthians 4:2-18
1. REFUSE _________________________________________________________.
“We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don't maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don't twist God's Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display...” 2 Corinthians 4:2 (Msg)
“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track.” Proverbs 11:3 (Msg)
2. RESOLVE _________________________________________________________.
“Proud people will be ruined, but the humble will be honored.” Proverbs 18:12 (NCV)
“We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (Msg)
“Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5 (GW)
3. RENEW _________________________________________________________.
“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (CEV)
“This is why we are not discouraged: Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (GW)
“You are my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.” Psalm 119:114 (Msg)
4. REMAIN _________________________________________________________.
“For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they will produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT)
“We must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” Hebrews 12:1 (CEV)
TO RUN YOUR RACE…
1. YOU MUST LET GO OF YOUR _____________________________________.
“Worry weighs a person down.” Proverbs 12:25 (NLT)
“Let go of your concerns. Then you will know that I am God. I rule the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (GW)
“I am worn out by my worries.” Psalm 55:2b (TEV)
“My awful worries keep growing.” Psalm 25:17 (CEV)
“Will your worries add a single moment to your life?” Matthew 6:27 (TLB)
“Give your worries to the Lord, and He will take care of you.” Psalm 55:22 (NCV)
“Instead of worrying, pray. Let your petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness... will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 (Msg)
2. YOU MUST LET GO OF YOUR ______________________________________.
“My heart is wounded within me.” Psalm 109:22b (NIV)
“Let go of anger, and leave your rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil.” Psalm 37:8 (GW)
“You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Job 18:4 (TEV)
“Get rid of all bitterness... no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead... forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (TEV)
“God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NCV)
3. YOU MUST LET GO OF YOUR __________________________________________.
“Your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face so that He doesn’t hear you.” Isaiah 59:2 (GW)
“When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.” Psalm 32:3 (NLT)
“I know about my wrongs, and I can’t forget my sin.” Psalm 51:3 (NCV)
“If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins... and cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.” 1 John 1:9 (NCV)
“God, be merciful to me because You are loving...Wipe out all my wrongs. Wash away all my guilt and make me clean again.” Psalm 51:1-2 (NCV)
“You (God) will forgive them and put them away; You will wipe out all the wrongs I have done.” Job 14:17 (TEV)
THE HABITS OF HAPPINESS-Part 15
“And now, brothers, we want you to know (about the church at Philippi) about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.” 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (NIV)
6 BENEFITS: EVERY TIME I’M GENEROUS...
1. I EAR THE GRATITUDE OF OTHERS.
“How grateful I am and how I praise the Lord that you are helping me again... It was so good that you helped me when I needed it... You Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I brought you the Good News... no other church did this... you sent me aid again and again when I was in need… so I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me.” Philippians 4:10, 14-16, 18 (TLB)
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to God... because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ... It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. We have shared together the blessings of God.” Philippians 1:3, 5, 7 (NLT)
2. I SHOW WHAT REALLY MATTERS MOST.
“I want you to understand what really matters...” Philippians 1:10 (NLT)
“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.” Philippians 3:7 (NLT)
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.” Philippians 3:20 (NLT)
3. I BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS.
“Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:11 (TEV)
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but look also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:4-5 (NIV)
4. I STRENGTHEN MY FAITH.
“Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.” Philippians 4:6 (NCV)
“Though I appreciate your gifts, what makes me happiest is the well-earned reward you will receive because of your generosity.” Philippians 4:17 (TLB)
“I want you to have the profit that accrues to your account.” (NAB)
“I want you to receive the blessings that come from giving.” (CEV)
“…Give happily to those in need, and always be ready to share whatever God has given you. By doing this, you will be storing up real treasure for yourselves in heaven – it is the only safe investment for eternity!” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (TLB)
“I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18 (NLT)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding yours, in the glory that pours from Jesus. Glory to God forever and ever!” Philippians 4:19 (MSG)
2 WAYS TO BE GENEROUS
1. BY ________________________. What can I afford?
2. BY ________________________. God, what do you want to give through me?
“Remember the words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more HAPPINESS in giving than in receiving!’”Acts 20:35 (TEV)