Filled with the Fullness of God
Ephesians 3:14-21 NASB
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
(A) How much of God do you want? (B) Look at your schedule and your budget (C) We have looked at: 1. Making spiritual progress 2. Allowing the Holy Spirit to control us
What will happen when I let the fullness of God dominate my life?
I Will Be More Satisfied with Spiritual MATERS than Physical Things
Ephesians 3:17, Philippians 3:7-8 NASB
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
The PROBLEM of living your life for earthly possessions:
You can never get ENOUGH
Genesis 1:1 NASB
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
It brings no INNER satisfaction
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NASB
All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
In the end it will be BURNED up
2 Peter 3:10-11 NASB
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
It causes STRESS and FRUSTRATION
Luke 12:22-31, Luke 21:34 NASB
And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;
They can cost you your SOUL
Matthew 16:26, 1 Timothy 6:9-10 NASB
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
The PURSUIT of spiritual matters
Ephesians 3:19, 1 Timothy 6:11 NASB
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
Putting off the OLD and putting on the NEW
...HATE evil (Verses 5-9)
...DESIRE righteousness (Verses 10-14)
...find PEACE (Verse 15, John 15:11)
...filled with the WORD of Christ (Verse 16, Matthew 5:6)
...ready to do ALL for His glory (Verse 17)
My earthly life will be an ABUNDANT life
John 10:10, Colossians 1:9-11 NASB
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
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