THE GOOD LIFE PT 5

HINDERANCES PT 2

 

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have (a hard) life, and have it more abundantly.

 

LIFE – ZOE; THE NATURE OF GOD.

ABUNDANTLY MEANS MORE THAN ENOUGH…

MEANS “SUPERABUNDANCE” – IN QUANTITY AND SUPERIOR IN QUALITY.

 

AMPC “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till itoverflows).

 

TPT But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!

 

THERE ARE HINDERANCES TO THE ABUNDANT LIFE.

 

  1. NOT DOING THE WORD

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge

PRACTICE BEING A DOER OF THE WORD.

 

  2. TEMPERANCE… SELF CONTROL – “LACK OF”

 

Galatians 5:22 but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (self restraint); against such things there is no law.

 

1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore i run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my bodyand make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

 

LIFE REQUIRES BALANCE AND THAT’S WHERE SELF CONTROL COMES IN

A REAL TEST OF STRENGTH IS HOW MUCH TEMPTATION YOU CAN STAND WITHOUT GIVING IN.

Prov 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

 

SELF CONTROL HAS TO DO WITH CONTROLING YOURSELF.

IT’S CLEAR IN THE N.T. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING WITH OUR MIND AND OUR BODY.

IT’S EASIER TO OPERATE BY RULES AND REGULATIONS THAN TO BE LEAD BY THE SPIRIT.

IF YOU ARE LEAD YOU DON’T NEED A LAW.

 

1 Cor 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but i will not be mastered by anything.

 

MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT EXPERIENCING THE ABUNDANT LIFE BECAUSE THEY GET INTO EXTREMES AND EXCESSES

THE SPIRIT WILL LEAD YOU INTO A PROPERLY BALANCED LIFE, WHICH IS GOING TO INCLUDE WHOLENESS AND SUPERABUNDANCE

A KEY TO A BALANCED LIFE IS AVOIDING EXCESSES AND EXTREMES