The God Who Overflows with Goodness

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From the Series: Overflow

The big truth of this series is that God pours himself out upon us – his love, his power, his creativity, his grace, his forgiveness, his blessings, his favor, etc. – in such great and unsearchable measure that when we learn how to receive all that he has to offer, our lives will overflow and make a dramatic difference in the lives of people around us.

Have you met someone who overflows? There’s that person who is always full of hope? Full of joy? Full of praise? Even on their hard days?

The foundation for this is the identity and character and goodness of God.

Let me ask you an important question…

If you had to give God an Instagram bio (that’s 150 characters), what would it be? I know that can’t really be done – we have 66 books that describe him. But if you could condense what you believe about God and what you have experienced of God to just 150 characters, what would that little description say?

I might say of him…

God is always good, and always does good.

By that, I mean that God is so loving, so kind, so  gracious, so holy, and so powerful that he overflows with goodness. And he fills us with his very good essence.

James 1:17-18 MSG

Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV

[16] I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, [18] may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, [19] and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

God is entirely good, and fills our lives with good gifts – salvation, the Holy Spirit, provision, etc. – and wants to fill us to the brim, to overflowing.

If you want to receive all that God wants to pour into you, start by being totally enamored with his goodness.

When you become enamored with God’s goodness…

1. God begins to fill you with himself.

That “God-shaped hole” in all of us? It’s real, and it’s there because our Creator designed us to know him and to be filled with him.

Unfortunately, we often settle for being partially filled with everything other than the fulfillment of friendship with God.

2. You develop a language of praise.

And praise is like a weapon against the enemy and against your doubt.

3. Your problems are put in their proper perspective.

The bigger God gets in your mind and in your heart, the less threatening your problems are to you. As Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

4. Your life overflows, influencing others for Jesus.

And that’s where we’re headed in this series. But let’s start with this…

Do you know this very good God?

How do you know him? Through Jesus!

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