Session 5

What if you already have what you need?

From The Overflowing Life: A 14-Day Devotional

“Once I pay off my student loan and get a better job, I’ll start being generous.”

“When I have a bigger house, I will lead a group.”

“I just don’t have time to get involved.”

Too often, we believe the lie that we don’t have enough to make a difference. But we don’t stop to consider what we’re missing by waiting until life slows down, we have more space, or the business takes off.

In Exodus 6:6-8, God promised to bring Israel out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. He promised to free them from slavery and redeem them with an outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgment.

To see those promises fulfilled, Israel had to make a bold move. They had to trust God more than they trusted their own abilities. And they had to move forward not knowing exactly what would happen.

God kept His promises to Israel, and those same promises are on offer to us today. Jesus made a way for us to be saved, freed, filled with purpose, and included in God’s family.

When we take God up on those promises, we experience the full, abundant life Jesus describes: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Jesus fills to overflow. He gives us all of Himself and then some. It’s what He does because it’s who He is. The enemy tries to convince us we don’t have enough. By focusing on what we don’t have, he hopes to keep us from the life God wants for us.

If we have a relationship with Jesus, we already have what we need to enjoy the abundant life God promised. All we have to do is take a step.

  • What’s one area of your life where you feel like you don’t have enough? What would it look like to focus on God’s overflow instead?
  • Jesus made a way for us to have an overflowing life. How is what God’s doing in you overflowing into the rest of the family of God?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

What it looks like to be filled and overflowing

When you picture overflow, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of coffee spilling over the edges of a mug, water flowing over a dam, or...

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Session 2

This is a story of overflowing love

Have you ever loved someone so much you just couldn’t hold it back?Your cheeks flush when she laughs at your jokes. You erupt in cheers w...

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Session 3

Are you becoming more like your Dad?

Advertising teaches that change happens from the outside in. Imitate this person’s style or actions, and you’ll be loved, beautiful, at p...

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Session 4

Will you trust God to provide?

Who do we trust when life is difficult? Where do we turn when the bills pile up, a relationship is struggling, or a friend is in pain?Mos...

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Session 5

What if you already have what you need?

“Once I pay off my student loan and get a better job, I’ll start being generous.”“When I have a bigger house, I will lead a group.”“I jus...

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Session 6

Your little bit matters more than you think

Perhaps trying to be funny, Andrew suggests feeding over 5,000 people with a little boy’s lunch. Imagine his surprise when Jesus says, “h...

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Session 7

What motivates you to give?

It’s easy to share when we have lots to give. But how generous are we when there’s one brownie left in the pan? You know it’s love when y...

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Session 8

Pain can be the path to an overflowing life

Rarely do we record the hard parts of a journey. Often we rush through the valleys in favor of the mountain tops.In the same way, we like...

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Session 9

Holding on to what you have holds you back

There are two well-known seas in Israel, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee teems with life and brings life to the c...

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Session 10

Servants see what happens behind the scenes

Jesus’ mother came to Him with a problem. Mary knew her son was no ordinary man. He was God’s Son, the divine living among them (Luke 2:2...

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Session 11

We have much to be thankful for

Temper tantrums are never pretty. The screaming, crying, and flailing on the ground happens because children want something they can’t ha...

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Session 12

What motivates someone to give Jesus everything?

Mary didn’t light up the room with a candle or sing a beautiful song. She broke open a container of perfume, and the fragrance filled the...

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Session 13

An overflowing life is a rich life

Generosity moves us to be generous. When someone does something kind for you, you want to do something kind in return. Even if the person...

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Session 14

It’s normal to be awestruck by how good God is

How wild is it that we get to call God “ours”? He is our God. Psalm 118:28 says, “God, You are my God, and I will give you thanks.”None o...

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