LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD - Part 10
2 WAYS TO APPROACH LIFE
1. A SHORTAGE mindset: ________________________________________________________________.
Bible words: Lacking, Wanting, Need
2. A SURPLUS mindset: __________________________________________________________________.
Bible words: Abundance, Abounding, Plentiful
“You fill my cup to overflowing.” (NCV)
“You give me more than I can hold.” (ICB)
“My cup overflows!” (NIV)
WHAT’S MY CUP? ______________________.
“On the last day of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds: ‘If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Everyone who really believes in me will have rivers of living water flowing out of their lives.” John 7:37-38 (NLT)
WHAT IS AN OVERFLOWING LIFE?
“I am the holy God, who rescues you. For your own good, I teach you, and I lead you along the right path. How I wish that you had obeyed my commands! Then your success and good fortune would have OVERFLOWED like a flooding river!” Isaiah 48:17-18 (CEV)
Jesus: “I’ve come that you may have real life, and enjoy it in abundance – to the fullest, until it overflows!” John 10:10 (Amp)
HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE AN OVERFLOWING LIFE?
Jesus: “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay connected to Me… you’ll produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t do anything without me!” John 15:5
Jesus: “If you stay connected to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings glory to my Father… So, stay connected to my love. You stay connected to my love when you obey me… I’ve told you this so that you’ll be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will OVERFLOW!” John 15:7-11 (TLB)
“In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing…” Philippians 2:14 (NLT)
“Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all God has done.” Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
“It’s healthy to be content, but envy will eat you up.” Proverbs 14:30 (CEV)
“It is better to be content with what you have than to always be struggling for more. That is like chasing the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6 (NCV)
“Remember this: A stingy planter will only reap a small crop. But anyone who sows generously will also reap generously. So, each of you should give serious consideration to what you want to give God, not reluctantly or under pressure, for God loves a cheerful giver. And you can be sure that God is able to bless you with all his grace, so that in all things, at all times, you will always have all you need, and you’ll ALSO OVERFLOW so you can give to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
“‘Bring your full tithe to My storehouse, so that there will be food in My House. Test Me now in this,’ says the Lord, ‘and see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing UNTIL IT OVERFLOWS.’” Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
Jesus: “If you give, you will receive back. Your gift will be returned to you in full measure, packed down and shaken to make room for more, and RUNNING OVER. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure whatever is given back to you.” Luke 6:38 (NLT)
“You anoint my head with oil” Psalm 23:5 (NIV)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ANOINTED?
(In the Bible, oil is often used as a symbol of God’s approval, presence, blessing, power, comfort, healing, joy, favor, prosperity, and authority.)
FACTS ABOUT GOD’S ANOINTING
“The One who calls you is faithful, and HE will do it!” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)
2. GOD’S ANOINTING ____________________________________________________________________.
“Then Samuel took oil and poured it on Saul’s head and said, “God has anointed you to be the leader of his people... (v6) God’s Spirit will come on you in power, and you’ll speak like a prophet and you’ll be changed into a different person. After this happens, do whatever you think is best, because God will be with you!” 1 Samuel 10:1+6-7
3. GOD’S ANOINTING ____________________________________________________________________.
“From his unlimited resources God will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
“I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
4. GOD’S ANOINTING ____________________________________________________________________.
Jesus: “What is impossible for men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NLT)
“God’s power at work within us is able to accomplish infinitely more than we could ever dare to ask for or even imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 (NCV)
5. GOD ANOINTS MY LIFE _______________________________________________________________.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me and he’s anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, to announce freedom to captives, and to open the eyes of the blind. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of God’s favor to them has come ... To tell all who mourn that God will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, and praise instead of heaviness!” Isaiah 61:1-3 (TLB)
6. FOR EVERY NEW CHALLENGE ________________________________________________________.
“Sow new seeds of righteousness, and you’ll reap the fruit of My love. And break up your old hardened ground. It’s time to turn to me and seek the Lord! Then I’ll come and shower new blessings on you!” Hosea 10:12 (TEV)
“You don’t have it, because you don’t ask God.” James 4:2 (NIV)
“The Lord generously gives us his favor and honor. NO GOOD THING will he withhold from those who live right.” Psalm 84:11
“The anointing you received from Christ lives in you.” 1 John 2:27 (GW)
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“You prepare a banquet for me in front of my enemies.” Psalm 23:5a
WHAT KIND OF BANQUET IS THIS?
WHAT FORCES OPPOSE GOD’S BEST FOR ME?
Jesus “In this world, you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration, but take heart… because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b (Amp)
“Do not love the world or all the things in the world. If you love what the world offers, it shows the Father’s is not in you. For everything the world values — doing anything that feels good and indulging every lust, being driven by greed to always want more, and the prideful pretending to impress others, does not come from God. The world, and all the things people think are important are actually passing away, but the person who does what God says will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
“Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, who is your great enemy.” 1 Peter 5:8 (TLB)
“Our fight is not really against people on earth… but against the forces of evil in the spiritual world. Ephesians 6:12
Paul “…Inside me, my old nature is at is at war with my new mind, which wants to do what’s right. But my old self fights back and keeps me struggling with my old patterns and sins.” Romans 7:23
WHAT DOES THIS BANQUET SYMBOLIZE?
“You welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration.” Psalm 5:11 (Msg)
“God is gently calling you from the jaws of distress to an open place of freedom where he has set your table full of the best food!” Job 36:16 (NCV)
“Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.” Psalm 31:19
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
“Learn to savor how good the Lord is!” Psalm 34:8 (NAB)
“How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings. We feast on the abundant food you provide; you let us drink from the river of your goodness. You are the source of all life! And because of your light, we see the light!” Psalm 36:7-9 (TEV)
ONE DAY: THE GREATEST BANQUET OF ALL!
“The Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of the finest food for all peoples, a banquet of the best of meats and finest wines. And on this mountain, God will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, and the sheet that covers all nations. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; and he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. And in that day, they will say, ‘Surely this is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! Yes. this is the Lord, we trusted in him! So, let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation!’” Isaiah 25:6-9 (NIV)
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“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me! YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF COMFORT ME. You prepare a banquet for me in front of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!”
WHAT’S A ROD & A STAFF?
WHAT’S THE MEANING OF THESE METAPHORS?
“Jesus is the GREAT SHEPHERD of the sheep.” Hebrews 13:20b (NIV)
Jesus: “I came so that my sheep will have life and everything they need. I AM the GOOD SHEPHERD! The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.” John 10:10b-11 (GW)
HOW DOES JESUS TREAT HIS SHEEP?
1. IF I BRING HIM MY HURTS, __________________________________________________________.
“When Jesus saw the crowds, his heart was filled with compassion for them because they were hurting and didn’t know where to get help. They were like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 (TEV)
Jesus: “I came here not to be served, but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
2. IF I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW HIM, ______________________________________________________.
“He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3b (NRSV)
Jesus: “(The Good Shepherd) walks ahead of the sheep; and they follow him, for they recognize his voice.” John 10:4 (TLB)
“Your constant love is my guide; your faithfulness always leads me.” Psalm 26:3 (TEV)
3. IF I GET CONFUSED & WANDER OFF, ______________________________________________.
Jesus: “If a shepherd has 100 sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, won’t he leave the 99 safe sheep to go search for the lost one?” Matthew 18:12 (NLT)
Jesus: “I came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10 (NIV)
“I used to wander off until you Lord disciplined me, but now I closely follow your word. You are good, and you only do good, so train me in your principles.” Psalm 119:67-68 (NLT)
4. IF I FAIL OR FALL, __________________________________________________________________.
Jesus said, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not rescue it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!” Matthew 12:11-12a (NIV)
“You allowed me suffer a lot, but you will bring me back from this deep pit and give me new life.” Psalm 71:20 (CEV)
“You never need to be afraid of sudden disaster or hidden troubles that ensnare the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep you safe and keep your foot from getting caught in a trap.” Proverbs 3:25-26 (NLT)
“Jesus has the power of God, by which he has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know him.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NCV)
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads mebeside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me!” Psalm 23:1-4 (NIV)
God said, “Because the Syrians think that I am only the god of the hills and not that I AM THE GOD OF THE VALLEYS, I’m going to give you victory over this huge army so everyone will know that I am the Lord!” 1 Kings 20:28 (NIV)
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT VALLEYS
1. VALLEYS __________________________________________________________________.
“The Promised Land you are about to enter is a land of hills and valleys…” Deuteronomy 11:11 (NLT)
“Don’t be surprised when you are tested by troubles or painful suffering, as if something unusual is happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12 (TEV)
2. VALLEYS __________________________________________________________________.
“The good man does not escape all troubles — he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.” Psalm 34:19 (TLB)
3. VALLEYS __________________________________________________________________.
“Don’t ever brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 (NLT)
WHAT KIND OF VALLEYS TO EXPECT
Significant Valleys in the Bible
1. THE VALLEY OF SIDDIM. (GENESIS 14:1-11)
“…this valley was full of sticky tar pits, and when (they) tried to run away from the battle, they slipped and fellin the pits…” Genesis 14:10
2. THE VALLEY OF ESHCOL. (NUMBERS 13:23-33)
“…in our own eyes we felt as small as grasshoppers next to them.” Numbers 13:33
3. THE VALLEY OF ELAH. (1 SAMUEL 17:1-58)
“The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley of Elah between them.” 1 Samuel 17:3
4. THE VALLEY OF BACA. (PSALM 84:5-7)
“Blessed are those whose strength comes from the Lord… As they pass through the Valley of Baca (WEEPING) they make it a place of springs.” Psalm 84:5-6a (NIV)
WHAT TO REMEMBER IN A VALLEY
1. REMEMBER ___________________________________________________________________!
“Even when I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, (Salmawet) I will fear no evil, for you are with me!” Psalm 23:4
“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up — the flames will not consume you!” Isaiah 43:2 (TLB)
“As for me, God’s presence is all I need! I’ve made the sovereign Lord my shelter.” Psalm 73:28
2. REMEMBER ____________________________________________________________________.
“We can even rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and that kind of hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured his love into our hearts.” Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)
“I will transform the Valley of Trouble into a Gateway of Hope!” Hosea 2:15 (NLT)
3. REMEMBER __________________________________________________________________!
“For our present troubles are quite small and they won’t last very long. Yet they are producing in us an eternal glory that will last forever and is greater than anything we can imagine!” 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)