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Our God is limitless and unfathomable. Pastor Don preaches this week that when God’s heart is understood, we should draw near with expectancy and availability to receive all God has for us. These three points will give you a taste of the sermon linked below.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalms 23:5 NKJV


An overflowing life is something promised in scripture, but is also seldom grasped by most people. We are to look to God, and as Jabez prayed to have expanded territory (1 Chronicles 4:10), we ought to pray for this same overflow! The promises of God are yes and amen to those in Christ Jesus, but how often do we look to engage these promises of His divine will and providence? We need to run over with the limitless supply of God's goodness, faithfulness, and mercy.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39 NKJV

Our Natural Condition

People are lovers of themselves in their default state. Even after coming to Christ and being a new Creation, the proclivity to look towards other sources is natural. Our interest is still often on the world and its many offerings, though inevitably each one of these sources will wind up way short. We are all searching or even attempting to do things in our own effort. This will never balance out, as it is absolutely against our very design: to be dependent on God Himself.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! Jeremiah 18:1-6 NKJV

Personal Application

What is holding you back? We need to hit the restart often times, when we realize the error of our ways. There can be many good things, but if it is not God Himself, then it is not enough. The mirage of blessing will dry up the very moment, it is believed that it is sufficient and plentiful. God's hand is different: What you see is what you get. His faithfulness is consistent. His kindness never-changing. His love is immovable. You will be pursued, but will you stop and become available to receive. No matter your damaged condition, the great physician designed you with wonderful intent. He has the master blueprint for your life, ready, for you.

Push into His presence in a deeper way this week! You will be surprised the difference in your experience with God when you connect with a Spirit-filled community to encourage you and spur you on when things get difficult. The Holy Spirit is moving around the world, and we are preparing for a great local move of His Holy Spirit here in Durham before Jesus's soon return.

God's Word is both timeless and powerful today!

We hope that you will consider this week's message in greater depth in the days ahead and meditate on God's Word in the attached PDF outline.

You can find the sermon and all resource attachments by clicking here.

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