Pt. 5 of Brand New- The Blessing of Satisfaction! God wants to soak you with SATISFACTION in 2013! ** Picture this “soaked” PAUL FISHING STORY… ” Bless me Jesus…” All in…
Paul– Intro: How many of you have said, “God bless you” when someone sneezed… but you’re not sure what it means to be blessed by God? Two things I can tell you: 1) God wants to bless you in 2013 and really everyone else too, but 2) “Blessing” in the Bible is a relational word and is always used in context with having a relationship with God, and because of this- you will be blessed!
And we know from our series and 2013 theme verse (Isaiah 43:19) that God wants to do something new in your life; which certainly entails A BRAND NEW BLESSING of SATISFACTION!
Isaiah 44:1-5 “But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one. 2 The Lord who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one. 3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. 4 They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank. 5 Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the Lord. ‘Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’ Some will write the Lord’s name on their hands and will take the name of Israel as their own.”
Don’t “Fear” the Future: Why? You are Chosen by God and He Promises to Prosper You! (vv.1-2, 4)
If you are “chosen” by God then you are “cared for” by God! God’s “perfect love conquers all fear!” (1 Jn. 4:18)- That’s certainly something you can be satisfied about in 2013!
If you are a “servant” of God then you are “serving” (obeying) God’s purposes which is why you WILL prosper!- Can you say SATISFACTION??
True prosperity is having God’s presence on your life- which God “pours out!”- Nothing or No one can be more SATISFYING!
Why Paul and I are tag teaming this- we connected at a time in our lives when life seemed arid, wilderness… blessed with… We are a blessing to one another!! We are blessed today because we have Christ, each other in community… WE ARE BLESSED WITH THE SATISFACTION THAT TRUE RELATIONSHIP BRINGS!
WHAT DOES GOD WANT TO SOAK YOU WITH?? Relationship and yes the responsibility that brings; which also gives us what we all desire- what we’re thirsting for- SATISFACTION!!
Blessing is a RELATIONAL dynamic- God filling you to flow through to fill others! With what? Deluge of Presence and Purpose THRU RELATIONSHIPS!!
When God “Pours Out” it Means You’ll Get Soaked- With “Water”, His Sprit, and Blessings! (v. 3). Not a little drip…. So fill you it overflows through you!!
Ever been soaked or drenched?? I’m not talking about a “drizzle!” I’m talking about when it rains so heavy even an umbrella is worthless! BEING SOAKED ON SAME FISHING TRIP- “PRAYER CHAIR!!” Clothes… Life changing moment!!
Well in 2013 I believe God wants to soak you and GCC with a brand new blessing of being SATISFIED that we are living out his purposes! We can be DRIPPING WET with What brings direction, destiny, refreshing, resources… BUT THERE’S A BIG KEY!! WE ARE CHOSEN TO SERVE GODS PURPOSE!!
It’s connecting getting “soaked” with “satisfaction!” Let me explain…
We fear future misery (think why?) and thirst for future happiness (True?)! God cancels the fear and quenches the thirst (How?) by soaking you with SATISFACTION! “Blessed Assurance” hymn….
Being “satisfied” IS a BLESSING- and maybe a brand new one you need! How can you be blessed with “satisfaction” in 2013?
Remember the STONES tune? You have to, they’re all 80 years old and still singing it!! “I can’t get no satisfaction… And I try and I try and I try…” What’s with that?? Maybe you relate. Maybe it’s because you look for satisfaction in all the wrong places or from all the wrong people or….
KEY: God wants to soak you with opportunities to serve- blessing! Soak you with reality of God choosing you- your life is purposed!! Soak you with this profound sense of his presence! WHAT IS TRANSFORMING…
You become the “ROAD” and the “RIVER”!!!!
For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. 4 They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank
Maybe in 2013 you need to find a brand “outpouring” of God?? People… Places… that BLESS your life and it’s satisfying! Maybe the “brand new” something God wants to do in your life is to show you that living a blessed life can only come from the Source of Soaking you with Blessings- God!
And then this happens according to God through Isaiah… “And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.”
Your LIFE, your LINEAGE, and your LEGACY will be soaked with God’s Spirit- that’s the ultimate Blessing of Satisfaction!
KEY: What is God’s Spirit anyway and why do I want to be soaked with it?? Well, there’s a ton of theology here… but to me it’s like “CURRY!” WHAT?? Hey, spend 2 weeks in India and everything you eat is soaked with curry and it’ll be in you, on you, and all over you! (Coming home from India and Jo Ann’s reaction…)
Simply put it means the very presence of God is on you, in you, all over you! The very nature of God revealed through Christ “soaks” your life! Everywhere you go, your family goes, your kids, this church… we don’t “stink” up the room, we “spice” up the room with the very presence of Jesus!!
Remember our key verse?? 43:19?? New roads and rivers?? That’s all about God blessing you’re life with direction and destiny, refreshment and resources for living life to the fullest- FULLY SATISFIED!!
Think about how powerful that is… to be blessed, your family to be blessed, your children to be blessed, your life, your lineage, your legacy, long after you’re gone to have God’s presence, his power, his purposes… all over everything that you would care about!! Maybe this is a brand new thought for you in 2013…
How do you experience these NEW “blessing/s” for 2013 and beyond? (Last point…)
Here’s the Practical Application: You’ll be Blessed NOT to be a “Sponge” BUT to be a “Spring!” Nothing is more satisfying!
(Is. 58:11) The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Don’t just sit and soak eventually you’ll get stagnant and stink- all bloated up (Ever hog something down you’d should’ve and could’ve shared??)! (The Dead Sea is dead because there is an inflow- Jordan River, but no outflow!)
The primary reason God wants to “fill” you is so His presence will “overflow” through you; so that everyone around you is “flooded” and blessed and satisfied by the presence of God! A FLOOD THAT OVERFLOWS AND OVERWHELMS A DRY AND THIRSTY LAND THAT FINDS NO TRUE SATISFACTION…
So, every day in 2013 and beyond, don’t be a “sponge” but become a “spring” by YES, soaking up more of Jesus in your life so more of Jesus can stream out from your life! Don’t show up here, in your LG, in your family, at work… just to be a “sponge!” There’s no blessing or satisfaction in that- the blessing of being satisfied is in sharing what you are blessed with, with others!
KEY!!John 7:37-38 “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.
You Can Become the Brand New “Road” through the “Wilderness” and “River” in the “Wasteland”- Be Blessed and Be a Blessing! (Is. 43:19)
Practical Steps: NOTE CARD IN WEEKLY!!
- Soak up the Bible so it can become a Spring in your life for others to drink from!
- Soak up from a “Mentor/Coach” so you can Pour into others that you can mentor/coach!
- Soak up Fellowship, both in a church family and especially in a LIFE GROUP- you can take this step today: Check out the LG’s and get connected because a LG is one of the best places and best people to put into practice what we’ve talked about today! And watch how satisfying and blessed that will be as you are “poured into” and as you “pour into!” SO YOU CAN BE A BRAND NEW BLESSING TO OTHERS!