God’s Abundance

6/20/2005 6:49 AM
Title: THE GOD OF ABUNDANCE
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S: ??Go borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your
neighbors, empty vessels, do gather just a few.? 2 Kings
4:3

O: I?ve never read it this way before. I knew he said to
gather vessels, but I never saw that he stated from
EVERYWHERE! Elisha says very clearly ? God is going to do
something amazing among you, and you need to be ready ?
don?t lack any vessels. Don?t gather just a few.

God is a God of abundance. When ever he?s going to give a
blessing, he doesn?t give it in just a little way, rather
he gives it in a BIG way. When Jesus fed the 5000, he
didn?t give them just enough, but he gave them an
overflowing abundance. When he blessed the widow with
Elijah, he gave her just enough for the day, but did it
every day. When he said that the Holy Spirit would come
and would lead men to truth, he could have had a few
hundred come to repentance and accepting Jesus, instead he
had 3000 that day and more to come later.

God is the God of abundance.

A: I think what I see here is that when I pray for God?s
blessing, I should prepare for his blessing. In other
words, we often pray for His blessing, but we don?t really
expect it. We pray for converts, but we don?t expect a ton
of them. We pray for help, but we expect a little. We
pray for wisdom, but just enough that we can still use our
own wisdom too.

God is the God of abundance. What does that mean to me and
my church? Does it mean that He is calling me to have even
more of an abundance of children? Does that mean that he?s
going to continue to lead us to grow a church larger and
deeper? Does that mean that he?s going to do immeasurable
more than we ask or imagine.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all
we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work
within us, Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

God is a God of abundance. He doesn?t do anything in small
ways.

10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may
be food in my house. Test me in this,? says the LORD
Almighty, ?and see if I will not throw open the floodgates
of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not
have room enough for it. Malachi 3:10 (NIV)

Throwing open the floodgates of heaven. That is not a
metaphor of limiting, but one that pictures you can barely
contain it or cannot contain it.

God is a God of abundance. He doesn?t do anything in small
ways.

Right now, I?m trying to build the church in a way that
will prepare me for handling even more of God?s abundance.
Right now I?m trying to gather the vessels from
EVERYWHERE. In other words, I know that I will always have
the opportunity to grow and learn, but right now, I?m in
the gathering stage.

There is a tension right now as we struggle with being a
small church that has grown into a medium sized church.
There is a tension about my job, Shane?s job and Jim?s
job. There is a tension of expectations within the church.
There is a tension about how we do things and why we?re
doing them. We?re in a new gathering stage. We?re
gathering stability, we?re gathering something to hold us.
We?re gathering a way to keep us in line with him. We?re
preparing to hold the abundance of blessing that he gives
to us.

P: Lord, make me the man you have called me to be. Make me
the leader that I am supposed to be to be able to lead The
Adventure into the future. Please give me wisdom, an
abundance of blessing, and prepare me to work hard in
receiving that blessing. Lord, guide me.

I pray for the upcoming Leadership Conference that we are
doing with RMC and MAUC. I pray that people will come and
that we will be prepared to have them here. I pray that
you will lead us and that you will give us wisdom to know
how to pull it off. Please Lead, Lord. Please guide us.
Please direct.

I love you, Lord. I invite you into my heart.

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