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Living in the Overflow!


A boy and his father were visiting a candy store one day and the owner of the candy store generously said to the boy, "Get yourself a big handful of candy from the candy jar. Go ahead, it’s alright."

But the little boy would not do it, even after several invitations.

Finally the store owner said, "Here son," and reached his hand in the candy jar and handed the little boy a big handful of candy.

Later the father asked the boy, "Son, why didn’t you reach into the jar yourself and get some candy? Were you shy? Embarrassed?"

The little boy replied, "Ah, dad. The store owner’s hand was a lot bigger than mine!"

In Genesis 39:21, we see the Favor of God in demonstration in Joseph’s life, in spite of him being in prison: "The Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison."

No matter what happened to Joseph (betrayal by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of a crime, cast into prison), Joseph trusted in the Lord and kept his heart and attitude right. God's favor kept lifting up Joseph until he occupied the highest office in Egypt, directly under Pharaoh.

It was not about where he was but where he was going!

More important, it’s not about where you are but about Who you know, Who you are serving!

In John 7:37-39, Jesus promised that living water would flow out of your life.The Holy Spirit would make the presence and power of God to saturate and overflow your life.

Too many Christians are living in Lack instead of in Abundance. They are living in Poverty instead of Provision.

And it’s not just about Money!

Don’t let the Devil rob you of your Blessing.

Don’t let the Devil rob you of your Birthright (Esau lost his birthright because other desires were more important to him at the time.)

Don’t let the Devil rob you of your Inheritance.

Instead, be Filled with the Spirit! Be Filled to Overflowing! Be Overflowing with a bountiful reservoir, not an inadequate cistern or well.

What are the cisterns we build in our lives to try and supply our own needs?

Stuff, possessions. Relationships. Ambition. Having people think we’re Good. The need to Perform.

These cisterns and wells are inadequate! They will never satisfy, let alone Overflow.

We want to Overflow with true, living water.

How?

We need continual Inflow in order to Overflow.

How can we be Filled in order to Overflow?

1. Live the Word.

a. Read the Word.

Know the Promises God has for you. Learn about the Spiritual Authority He has for you

Read it Daily, not just on Sundays at church. Read it for your benefit, daily nourishment.

Read it Systematically. Don’t just pick out favorite verses. Read through entire books of the Bible. Read through the Bible in a year. Learn the whole counsel of God.

Read it Early. Begin your day with the Lord.

b. Meditate on the Word.

Don’t just read it once and leave it behind. Enjoy it; savor it as a fine meal. Think about the Word all through your day. Have it guide you all through your day.

c. Apply the Word.

Possess your possessions. You might be thinking, "If God made a promise to me, why don’t I just get it automatically? Shouldn't it just show up?"

God gave Israel the "Promised" Land. Did it just show up one day? No! They had to fight for it! They had to take possession of their possessions. Apply the Word! Let it move from your mind into your life and affect your behavior.

2. Fellowship with the Father.

a. Do it Daily.

Spend time each day in prayer and communion with your Lord. Don't just spend time with the Father once per week or month or longer. Spend time each day in your Father’s presence. Develop the relationship; enjoy the communion.

b. Do it Early.

Don’t let it get squeezed in or out of your busy day. Don't try to crowbar it in sometime. Instead, plan your day to spend time with Father First. Give Him the first part of your day.

So far we have been looking at choices that will fill up our own hearts. They enrich us and help us grow spiritually. Now let's look at how we can be a blessing and give to others.

3. Fellowship with the Family.