Overflow-What Could Happen in a Powerful Worship Moment

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(John 7:38 NIV)
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.

(John 7:38 CSB)
The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.

1.People are looking for freedom from sadness.

(1 Samuel 16:14-17 NIV)
Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. (15) Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. (16) Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.” (17) So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

2.Overflow – what could happen in a single powerful worship moment.

(1 Samuel 16:18 NIV)
One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”

3.Let’s be hungry to overflow in any worship moment.

(1 Samuel 16:21-23 NIV)
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. (22) Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” (23) Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

(Matthew 9:21-22 NIV)
She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” (22) Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Shout Louder!!!(Bartimaeus)

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(Mark 10:46-52 GNT) They came to Jericho, and as Jesus was leaving with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting by the road. (47) When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” (48) Many of the people scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (49) Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up!” they said. “Get up, he is calling you.” (50) So he threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. (51) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. “Teacher,” the blind man answered, “I want to see again.” (52) “Go,” Jesus told him, “your faith has made you well.” At once he was able to see and followed Jesus on the road.

1.Some Moments Have Only One Chance

(Mark 10:46-47 GNT) They came to Jericho, and as Jesus was leaving with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting by the road. (47) When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!”

(Ephesians 5:16 NIV) making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

2.Shout louder!

(Mark 10:48 GNT) Many of the people scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

3.Cheer up and get up!

(Mark 10:49) Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up!” they said. “Get up, he is calling you.”

4.Some old things have to be thrown away to get your new thing from God

(Mark 10:50-52 GNT)
So he threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. (51) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. “Teacher,” the blind man answered, “I want to see again.” (52) “Go,” Jesus told him, “your faith has made you well.” At once he was able to see and followed Jesus on the road.

What do you want from God?

-Solomon: ‘Wisdom to rule the people’

(1 Kings 4:29 NIV)
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

Attitude of Gratitude

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

1. Gratitude opens up the door for overflow

Colossians 2:7 NLT “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

2. Gratitude helps to refocus our perspective

Romans 8:28 NLT “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Note: it helps to train our thinking from grumbling to thankfulness when things don’t go according to our plan.

Note: Gratitude refocuses our attention off others and back on Jesus.

3. Gratitude creates a posture of humility

Psalms 28:7 NLT “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”

Note: Gratitude keeps us humble by reminding us we can’t do it alone. We need God.

Closing: In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.” –Rick Warren

New Year, New Me

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John 5:1-14 (NIV)
5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

How Can We Change?

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self,which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

3 “Big” Habits To Put On This Year

1. Journalling

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

2. Clean Heart

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

3. Simple Prayer

Philippians 1:3-4 (MSG)
3 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer.
4 I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.

2018 The Year Of Breakthrough (Remembered)

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(2 Samuel 5:17-20 NKJV Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. (18) The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. (19) So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?“ And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” (20) So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

“Breakthrough” = Sudden increase in fruitfulness

(Proverbs 3:10 NIV) then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

-Heb: ‘parats’- one breakthrough.

-‘Perizim’ breakthroughs, breakout, bursting forth of the waters

-Baal Perizim: Lord of the many breakthroughs.

In this short story – 3 things.

1.David is anointed to a whole new level

– and the enemy opposes it.

-of Prophets, Priests and Kings.

(Revelation 1:5-6 NIV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, (6) and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

2.David receives a new Promise of victory

-I’ll give the victory into YOUR hands. A personal word. A specific word. A ‘now’ (rhema) word.

(2 Peter 1:4 NIV) Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

3.Jesus is “The Lord of the Breakthroughs”

(Colossians 2:15 NIV) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Lifehouse in 2018

-Kyoto, Yokosuka

-Grow Course, New season of joy: Options, Freedom, Dream Team, Connect Groups

-Financial turnaround

Lifehouse in 2019

-Sasebo, Seoul

“Overflow”

“The best is yet to come”

Seeing Christ in CHRISTmas

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Matthew 1:18-23 (NIV)
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Family

Psalm 68:6 (NIV)
6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Stars & Lights

Matthew 2:9-10 (NIV)
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

John 8:12 (NIV)
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Treasure & Gifts

Matthew 2:11 (NIV)
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)
15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

The Beauty Of The Christmas Story

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(Matthew 1:18-23 NIV) This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. (19) Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. (20) But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (21) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (22) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: (23) “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

1.Christmas – A Beautiful Story

{trees, gifts, stars, illumination, food, peace and joy!} {nativity scene}

-wonderful promise of the Saviour

-wonderful people and family (and surprise guests from close and afar)

(Psalm 68:6 NIV) God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

-wonderful purpose

2.Christmas – A powerful story

-virgin birth

-the angel

-the dreams

-the star

3.Christmas – A story of hope

-name “Jesus”

-“Saviour” – to rescue us and make us safe – {in many languages}

-“Immanuel” – ‘God with us’

For This One Person We Would Have Come!

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1.Only 1/10 came back. But for that one, he would have come.
(Luke 17:11 NIV) Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
(Luke 17:15-19 NIV) One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. (16) He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. (17) Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? (18) Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” (19) Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

-all 10 healed, but only 1 thankful, worshipping. -Imagine 1/10 in Japan = 13 million new believers!

2.God is seeking worshippers (one-by-one … including you and me)
(John 4:23 NIV) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
(Ephesians 1:4-5 NIV) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (5) he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
(John 6:65 NIV) He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

3.So… what do we need to know about inviting?

1.We’ll never know who will respond – “Don’t know, Never will”
– Seems random

2.Wipe off the dust – and keep inviting

3.Stay thankful that God called you!

Pruning Season

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John 15:1-4 NLT
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
Pruning: trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to encourage growth.
Note: God is the gardener and we are the branches.
1. Pruning is Necessary For Fruitfulness
John 15:2 NLT
 “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”
James 1:3-4 NLT
 “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
2. We Are Pruned Out Of Love
Hebrews 12:7-8 NLT
“As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.”
Note: Discipline (Latin: discipulus) is the root word of disciple.
3. We Are Often Pruned To Get Back In Line With Our Purpose
Note: Branches that are growing in the wrong direction are pruned. These branches rub the other branches and can cause disease. They also block out the sunlight that is needed for flower buds to form.
John 15:8 NLT “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
Note: Our purpose is to “produce much fruit” both internally (fruit of the Spirit) and externally (good works).

Priorities 

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‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Note: The Kingdom of God: is the rule of God in every area of your life.
Note: We are born again into God’s Kingdom
1. Give God Your Best
Genesis‬ ‭4:3-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
Note: When you don’t prioritize the kingdom, you miss out on the provisions of the King. (ie: first fruits story of Cain & Abel)
2. Jesus Christ First in Everything
Colossians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
Note: Do you seek God’s counsel through his Word and prayer before you consult everyone else?
3. You Can’t Serve Two Masters
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
Matthew‬ ‭6:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.