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Paul’s Formula For An Overflowing Life

1 Thes 1:2-5

X ❶The Search For The Formula

> Steve Fossett (63)

- Made millions on the stock market

- He is best known for his five world record nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo airplane pilot

- Risking life because he is boared

- Monday he was flying on a clear day over familiar terrain when his single-engine aircraft vanished and has not been seen since

He was looking for possible sites for testing a turbojet racing car intended to challenge the land speed record. (763 mph- 1997 to 780 mph)

> Movie - The Thomas Crown Affair 1968, 1999

- Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown is bored of being able to buy everything he desires. Being irresistible to women, he also does not feel any challenge in that area. But there are a few things even he can't get, therefore Thomas Crown has a seldom hobby: He steals priceless masterpieces of Art.

> Benjamin Franklin

- On $100 bill

- “He does not possess wealth it possesses him.”

> Alchemy

- Since te dawn of time man has sought an easy way to find wealth & Happiness

- Alchemy Greek & Latin “to separate and to join together

- "The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal.

- Many transmutation attempts failed when alchemists unwittingly made unstable chemicals. This was made worse by the unsafe conditions.

- How-To-Books written to inspire you and help you achieve your full potential

> Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”

- You're a Magnet! You attract your dream lover, wealth, success

- You're a Creator! You can think anything you want into existence.

- You're got the Power! The universe is at your command..

- Don't focus on anyone but yourself.

Prosperity Doctrine

- Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, Marilyn Hickey, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen

- “Health and Wealth,” “Name It and Claim It,”

- God wants you to be rich (and/or healthy), but He can not bless you unless you first send money (also known as a “seed-faith offering”)

+ ❷ The Formula Is Jesus

> Ps 73:25

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

> Ps 89:6

For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

> Ps 37:4

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

> Php 3:8

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 

> Jn 10:10 The Formula Is JESUS

..... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

- Here before us the earliest or 1st NT book

+ ❸ The Formula for Living an

       Overflowing Life

> How To Live - Involving all of God

       (Father, Son H.S)

- (Alchemy - To separate and joinn together)

> Experienced & Shared

- We & You

- Focus on People

- This was not just Paul’s practice

- Silas & Timothy practiced the same +

+ ❸ The Formula for Living an Overflowing Life

> 1. Thank - v. 2

a. To God - He alone can answer all


b. For You

- Ro 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

- Once slaves now free

c. Constantly

              - Right perspective

              - Removes pride & keeps us humble

- 1 Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

> 2. Pray - v.2

a. Not inward but outward

       - For people

       - Your own problems begin to

              seem small

> 3. Remember - v. 3

a. Continually

b. Effort - Work & Labor

       - Focused on Faith Love & Hope

> 4. Know - v. 4

- Election - Chosen

> 5. Live - v.5

Gospel Wealth

>     Possession -1:6

              - Guilt replaced with Gladness

              - Sin replaced with Salvation

>   Prize - Jesus (In every chapter - 35x)

>    Peace 1 Thes. 1:1; 5:23;

                     2 Thes 3:16

>    Promise

              - Jesus coming again - 1:10

              - Escape from wrath - 1:10

              - Heaven - 4:17

>            Purpose - 5:11-27

+ ❹ Results of the Formula

1 Thes 3:12-13

> Increase,

> Abound (overflow)

> Establish (stable & strong)           

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