God of abundance sermon

God of abundance sermon


  • Lost in abundance in the Kingdom of God
  • Sermon | Sun 10 May 2020 | The Abundance of God’s Strength in Difficult Times
  • How to live in divine abundance – Part 1
  • Living in God’s Abundance
  • Stepping into God’s abundance
  • God of Abundance
  • Lost in abundance in the Kingdom of God

    My hour has not yet come. But you have kept the good wine until now. And, of course, we know Jesus performed a great many more; the gospel writers told us Jesus performed many more than they recorded. I probably would have found it difficult to name any other TYPE of miracle.

    This type of miracle is the type described in our reading for today: miracles of abundance, miracles that demonstrate the kingdom of God to be so much more than the kingdom of the world, so much MORE than anyone could imagine or hope for. Think of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish…and, of course, turning water into wine.

    Jesus came into a world that for millennia had been shaped by the desires of people, particularly the desires of the most powerful people at the expense of everybody else. So…for the vast majority of people alive during the time of Jesus, the world was not a place of abundance. It was a hard, cruel place of oppression and abuse and, for them, scarcity.

    God sent Jesus to show that a different kind of kingdom, a different kind of world, is possible. If and when God rules the earth, meaning everyone looks to God for direction instead of someplace else, this intended kingdom, this alternative to the kingdom of people, WILL become a reality. And Jesus performed miracles as a way of giving people, then and now, a glimpse into what that alternative kingdom, that alternative reality, looks like. The miracle, itself, in its context, is a pretty amazing example of abundance in a less than abundant world.

    The context is a wedding banquet…which was a MUCH bigger deal in the 1st century Jewish world than it is in our time and place. Wedding banquets typically took place during autumn, when the harvest was in and so when villages experienced as much abundance as they did anytime throughout the year. Weddings typically involved participation from the entire village. Another way to say it is this: a Jewish wedding banquet in a small first century town or village would have been pretty much the pinnacle of abundant living and celebration for the entire village, thereby providing a stark contrast to the ABSENCE of abundance that typified daily existence for everyone but the very small segment of society that held power.

    So…imagine you were there…at the wedding banquet described in our scripture reading for today. Everyone in the village has gathered. Unlike your everyday existence, in which adequate food and drink is anything but a certainty, at this wedding celebration there is more than enough of everything to go around. For several days, you enjoy the eating and drinking and dancing and singing and playing of games, believing that this MUST be what life is supposed to be like.

    There are rumors, little more than whispers, that the wine has run out…but the wedding banquet is not yet close to being over. Your thoughts drift back to real life, everyday life, in which everything is a struggle. Nothing is safe from the cruelty of Roman oppression that seems to extinguish every last bit of hope out of life. Then, just as suddenly, you hear a different set of whispers.

    Maybe the wine did NOT run out after all. Your few remaining days of enjoyment, of life worth living, are safe. And then yet another set of whispers. Maybe the wine did actually run out, but one of the guests, his name is Jesus, somehow managed to to turn water into wine, wine even better than what had come before. But that was then, this is now? Since the miracle is about a kingdom of abundance that will replace a kingdom of scarcity, the first thing we need to do is consider the scarcity in our world.

    And every week when I get home from the grocery store, I find myself trying to figure out why I purchased two or three new cans of something we ALREADY have 5 or 6 cans of in the pantry.

    And then I get to thinking about my tech toys. So…no scarcity there. By the way, in my estimation, this is one of the BEST reasons for a congregation like ours to participate in mission trips.

    As much as most people in the first century suffered from physical poverty and malnourishment, I feel that a great many people in our society suffer from emotional and relational poverty and malnourishment. And, of course, there are STILL people who feel the brunt of various kinds of oppression and abuse every day. A powerful few still control much of what happens in our world.

    There are still systemic barriers preventing people of various ethnicities, genders, and lifestyles from fully experiencing the abundance others take for granted. There are still individuals with power who use the power they have to abuse others. And then the second thing we must do is figure out how God is calling us, individually and collectively, to do whatever we have been gifted and blessed to do to metaphorically turn water into wine. Serve at Homeward Bound. Actually, do MORE than make and serve food, if you can.

    We, you can build relationships with people who might feel like they have been outcast from society. A conversation with one of you can truly usher in a new kingdom for such a person. Provide food every month for the food bank. The kingdom of society tells those folks loud and clear that for some reason or another, they deserve scarcity in hunger.

    We can show every hungry person that there is a kingdom of people who say they deserve something better, something ELSE. Valjean was an impoverished man who had resorted to stealing to provide food for his family.

    He was caught and spent a great many years imprisoned. Recognizing in some of the silver items of the church building a chance at a new life, Valjean stole the items and tried to escape. We can change lives.

    Sermon | Sun 10 May 2020 | The Abundance of God’s Strength in Difficult Times

    It starts with a deep and profound sense of your inherent worth in Christ. Our God is a loving, abundant provider, and in Christ, we have more than enough. There is more than enough to go around; this abundance heart-set and mindset sees more opportunities, generates more creativity, and more leads to possibilities beyond our imagination for us to impact and do His will in the world.

    Sometimes abundance can be confused with material possessions. You can find abundant life in the everyday things, the mundane routines of life, and even in the very small things. Sometimes we hear a word or a sermon in a crisis moment in our lives that help us to pivot more toward an eternal kingdom perspective.

    The story takes place during the life of the prophet Elisha. It is about a widow who was afraid of losing her two sons to slavery because she owed money to a creditor.

    She cried out to the prophet Elisha for help. First, she focused on the lack, when asked what you have. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put to one side. I realized, I only needed to ask God for help, give Him what I have, listen, and be obedient.

    And most of all, I learned to pour into whatever vessel was in front of me. There will be an abundance of what I need to do what God has called me to, and I am only to focus on the person, project, or task that is in front of me at that moment.

    Start living a more abundant life today! It is right here in front of you; it is in Jesus Christ alone! Know Him, serve Him, love Him, and be obedient — deep dive into his word. Focus on what you already have in Christ An attitude of gratitude changes your perspective and your appreciation for the good things in your life.

    The lessons you have learned along the way will help you cultivate an abundance mentality! The word appreciation means to increase in value. So when you focus on gratitude, your positivity will increase, so will the good things in life. You will start to notice them the more you focus on them. You will have less time to focus on lack, creating more time to function in His abundance.

    Know deeply and believe fully that in Christ and because of Christ, you have inherent worth. Shifting your thoughts to believe that you are inherently worthy will help you develop an abundance mindset. Know that you are worthy by merely being a child of God and created in His image. There is more than enough in Christ! The two founders of DaySpring, Don Leetch and Dean Kerns, would go to the Association for Christian Retailers to connect with customers, take orders, and build relationships with future customers and business partners.

    They would always introduce themselves to other vendors and competitors and pray for abundant blessings over their businesses. They had a beautiful and unique relationship with their competitors. Their philosophy was when it came to growing the kingdom of Heaven; there is room in the river for everyone, jump in!

    It starts with a deep and profound sense of our own inherent worth. To strengthen your abundance mindset, grab your journal, and consider the following questions: Where in my life do I allow scarcity-minded thoughts?

    How can I shift those thoughts to an abundance mindset? Where does my abundance come from? In what areas of my life have I already received great abundance? Is this something you have struggled with, especially when someone receives a promotion, rewards, or recognition, and you doubt their worthiness?

    Describe your feelings about the lack of time, resources, or even power in your life. What are some practical daily steps you can take to shift your focus from lack to abundant provision? Genesis Esau Sells His Birthright Can you think of ways you willfully give away your birthright as a child of God and settle for so much less than He has for you?

    Where are you trading your birthright for a bowl of soup? What are the blessings you have as a child of God? If God Himself will provide the offering to meet the requirements of His Righteousness, why would He hold out on you now? What are you searching for in the thing you seek? Are there things about appearance, status, title, material wealth that you find appealing?

    Ephesians Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. James Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. John The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

    Know Him, serve Him, love Him, and obey — deep dive into his word!

    How to live in divine abundance – Part 1

    Simply put, the ball is in our court. Many times our walk with God is similar to walking through automatic doors — common in most airports. They do not open when you stand far away, but when you approach them and get very close; their sensors recognize your image and the doors open wide for you to step in.

    Many believers would rather stay at home or far away, pray for days for the automatic doors to open, and get discouraged after some time. Ephesians says — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. By nature, we are all alike, but our individual lifestyles set us miles apart. Call it grace or anointing or power, so long as it is a spiritual blessing, all believers possess it in equal measure. But we do not believe it or act on it in the same measure.

    He has done a glorious work through Jesus Christ. He is doing the same glorious work in and through you so that others might know Him. John A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. Psalm His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him in those who hope in his steadfast love.

    Romans May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

    Isaiah And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched place and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Philippians And my God will supply every need of yours according autocad viewport scale factors his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Ephesians Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.

    From the beginning, God designed creation to live in abundance. He created the world and declared it good. The same God who created the heavens and the earth shows the same generosity towards us.

    In Luke 12, we see that God desires abundant life for us filled with generosity, grace, and love. Jesus came to give us life. Not only that, but He also came to give us an abundant and satisfying life. He is the living water that always satisfies. He quenches our thirst and fills us up with His love, mercy, and grace.

    Abundance means believing that God is working for your good. No matter what is taken away from you, your faith will not waver. Do you really believe that God is good?

    Living in God’s Abundance

    Do you really believe that God will be good to you? Do you really trust God to be God? Jesus came into the world so that believers could have real, eternal life — more and better life than we could have ever dreamed of. He died on the cross so we could inherit his life-giving gift of redemption. God saw Paul fit enough to lavish upon him the all-abundant, all-sufficient, rich, and undeserving grace.

    So…for the vast majority of people alive during the time of Jesus, the world was not a place of abundance.

    Stepping into God’s abundance

    It was a hard, cruel place of oppression and abuse and, for them, scarcity. God sent Jesus to show that a different kind of kingdom, a different kind of world, is possible.

    If and when God rules the earth, meaning everyone looks to God for direction instead of someplace else, this intended kingdom, this alternative to the kingdom of people, WILL become a reality.

    And Jesus performed miracles as a way of giving people, then and now, a glimpse into what that alternative kingdom, that alternative reality, looks like. The miracle, itself, in its context, is a pretty amazing example of abundance in a less than abundant world. The context is a wedding banquet…which was a MUCH bigger deal in the 1st century Jewish world than it is in our time and place.

    Wedding banquets typically took place during autumn, when the harvest was in and so when villages experienced as much abundance as they did anytime throughout the year. Weddings typically involved participation from the entire village. Another way to say it is this: a Jewish wedding banquet in a small first century town or village would have been pretty much the pinnacle of abundant living and celebration for the entire village, thereby providing a stark contrast to the ABSENCE of abundance that typified daily existence for everyone but the very small segment of society that held power.

    So…imagine you were there…at the wedding banquet described in our scripture reading for today.

    God of Abundance

    Everyone in the village has gathered. Unlike your everyday existence, in which adequate food and drink is anything but a certainty, at this wedding celebration there is more than enough of everything to go around. For several days, you enjoy the eating and drinking and dancing and singing and playing of games, believing that this MUST be what life is supposed to be like.

    There are rumors, little more than whispers, that the wine has run out…but the wedding banquet is not yet close to being over. Your thoughts drift back to real life, everyday life, in which everything is a struggle. Nothing is safe from the cruelty of Roman oppression that seems to extinguish every last bit of hope out of life.


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