The Grace for Overflowing Abundance
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: John 10:10, Psalm 23:1-5
Sunday 1st January 2017
Today, I bring a message that God has laid on my heart, titled: ‘The Grace for Overflowing Abundance’, subtitled – ‘My Cup runneth Over’.
Here is our foundation scripture for this message, in John 10:10; ‘The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)’ (AMPC). Jesus’ arrival into our world heralds the beginning of change in our lives. I declare that in this year, everything will work together for good for you. I release upon you the grace to enjoy life – the God kind of life available to you in Christ Jesus. It would be a travesty to bring to God a cup-like capacity, when He has a vase-overflowing kind of blessing to give to you this year. Hence, each of us cannot afford to approach God with a beggar’s mentality, oblivious to the season in which we are in right now.
So then, firstly we must enlarge our thinking and secondly enlarge the capacity of our faith – as the season has changed. Here is Psalm 23, which reads: ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need’. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honour me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.’ (NLT) Regardless of the present circumstances, each of us as God’s children has been earmarked for overflowing abundance. Our lives may not have necessarily be at its optimum best at the moment, but God is at work within us.
As Spirit beings, we are working on gaining a meaningful natural experience – and our thoughts play a significant role in explaining this. Here is the reason why Proverbs 23:7 reads: ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he’. God had overflowing abundance in mind, when He created each of us. His desire is that the abundance that we experience will flow onwards to others. Average, enough or lack is not God’s desire for our lives.
Genesis 12:2 reads: ‘And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favours] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]’ (AMPC). However, note that a person cannot dispense good to others, if he or she hasn’t first enjoyed God’s blessings beyond measure. God has promised to provide for His children’s needs first of all, till it begins to overflow to others – Hence we need not worry about our needs anymore. In order to be used by God, we must all begin to enjoy the blessings of His overflow, first of all.
The apostles enjoyed the blessings of God’s overflow in their ministry, such that St. Peter led three thousand people to Christ on the day of Pentecost. Jesus had empowered them beforehand and given them the opportunity to exercise their faith. Here is Luke 9:1-3, which reads: ‘Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick’. Firstly, Jesus gave his disciples authority over infirmities, and he then released them to touch and heal the sick.
Here is Psalm 23:5 once again: ‘You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honour me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.’ I declare that in this life, there will be abundant provisions for your life. A careful study of this verse indicates an interesting paradox. Usually, when an enemy attacks a nation or encamps around a city in bible times (or lays a siege), inadvertently a famine occurs.
Let’s read 2 Kings 6:24-25: ‘Some time later, however, King Ben-hadad of Aram mustered his entire army and besieged Samaria. As a result, there was a great famine in the city. The siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty pieces of silver, and a cup of dove’s dung sold for five pieces of silver'. This story typifies the natural progression of things whenever there was a siege. God is however, reversing the trend this year. Despite the situations around us, He will prepare a table for us in presence of all those impediments – whether financial, health, marital, business and so much more!
The psalmist records further: ‘You honour me by anointing my head with oil’. In Jewish culture, whenever a dignitary is received as a guest, it is often customary to anoint the visitor with oil. The oil signified importance and respect, recognition and approval. As God’s special dignitary, each of us have been anointed with oil. A story in scriptures puts this in perspective in Luke 7. Jesus visited Simon, one of the Pharisees. A certain woman came along to the dinner, knelt at Jesus' feet to anoint and clean his feet. Let’s pick up the story from verse 44. ‘Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.’ Grace has found each of us worthy of God’s anointing, and a place where the supply never runs out is also prepared for us.
Again the psalmist records the next phrase: ‘My cup overflows with blessings.’ Each of our lives has been demarcated for God blessings in this year. Since Grace qualifies us and God’s anointing is upon us, there will be no shortage of His supply in our lives this year.
So here are some points on how we should respond:
(a) Be expectant: God’s anointing upon our lives is His presence upon us. And the bible records, that ‘with God nothing shall be impossible’ (Luke 1:37). God wants to bless you, so that He can bless others through you.
(b) Unleash your faith to receive and lastly,
(c) Be prepared to be a blessing to others.
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