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Adapted from 2015 sermon series: Overflow, 2017 sermon series: This Is Life!
[adapted from 2015 sermon series: Overflow, 2017 sermon series: This Is Life!]

FULL_pt1: Life

[HAVE YOU EVER HEARD] - someone say...
“well, that’s just life”
or “welcome to real life”
As if we’re supposed to accept that life should be disappointing.
NO!
Now, the world will disappoint, but we are no longer of this world, are we?
[PAYOFF] - Setbacks will come, just like with anyone else, but we aren’t just living any life...
Romans 15:13 NIV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The world seeks what we have - Joy, peace, and hope.
[BUT] - This only comes from God… the God of hope!
[ASK] - Are you happy?
No? You may be seeking what the world seeks.
No? You may see life as the world sees it.
[STORY] - Archibald Rutledge (American poet) told of seeing a bird build its nest, and then a storm came at night and destroyed it. Next morning as Rutledge lamented the loss, he heard a buzzing and twittering overhead. Stepping back into the bush, he observed the glimmering birds beginning a new home on the broken tip of the same branch on which the old one had rested.
[PAYOFF] - Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind - Dale Carnegie
It’s God’s plan that we all have peace and trust him!
Christ said - “look at the birds!...”
() Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life
This is LIFE!
John 14:27 NIV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Our hearts - there is a connection to the love of God and the attitude of life by which we live.
[ASK] - Where is your attitude, in this current season of life?

Life

Psalm 16:11 NIV
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
[PAYOFF] - There is a clue to living a life FULL of peace and joy: Proximity to Him!
He truly wants us to live an abundant life!
“path of life” - not paths of life, not path in life.
= leading to life!

Full life!

John 10:10 NIV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Life - comes from Jesus
Death - comes from the enemy
[PAYOFF] - Which plan are you on?
[WRITE IT DOWN] - On this “path” there is Full life!
[TRANSITION] - “But I just can’t do anything right!” “Nothing seems to be working for me!”

Full heart!

John 10:10
Luke 6:43–45 NIV
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
What fruit do you see?
Are you looking for the right fruit?
[STORY] - More money, same problems.
[ASK] - What are you trying to produce? What is your personal motivation?
Success? Wealth? Happiness?
Or fruit?
[WRITE IT DOWN] - On this “path” there is a Full heart!
Mark 7:20 NIV
He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.
[PAYOFF] - What’s in your heart? For that is what produces fruit in your life?
[TRANSITION] - “Oh, but these circumstances and challenges keep showing up in my life...”
“When can I catch a break?”
[PAYOFF] - You cannot change or control what comes at you...
But, you can control how you respond to those things...

Full response!

Philippians 4:6–9 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
phi 4:6-9
[WRITE IT DOWN] - On this “path” there is a Full response! (you respond “Full”)

Live full!

Let’s live FULL, Connect Church!

Fight from victory!

Psalm 30:5 NIV
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
There is always joy around the corner!
Not always happiness, but always joy!
Happiness vs Joy.
John 16:33 NIV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He didn’t just overcome our trouble. He overcame the world of trouble!
[CONTEXT] - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?...
Romans 8:37 NIV
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
[PAYOFF] - We are in the battle with the one who ALREADY won the battle.
[TRANSITION] - Now, let’s REMAIN there with Christ!...

Focus on things above!

Colossians 3:1–2 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
[PAYOFF] - Our minds and hearts should not be occupied by what is challenging us down here! - TRUST HIM!

Give thanks always!

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 NIV
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
[PAYOFF] - Again, fullness of joy - LIFE! - is being thankful and at peace even in the gravest of circumstances.
This is LIFE! [Go to ]...

Take Away

James 1:2–4 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

It’s all good!

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