Sunday morning sermon: Rising above the lies about who you are.
“By destroying our relationship with God, satan capped off our life potential. He continually destroys any possibility that we might become more than we already are: He puts teachers in our classrooms to call us stupid. He sends brothers and sisters to call us dumb and “no good.” He gives us parents who tell us, “You’ll never be anything.”
Satan sets us up. He anoints your mother to call you a bastard. He sets her up to cap off what you are. Satan chops up your self-confidence and slams the door on your potential by convincing you that you are nothing: “You’ll never rise above your family’s status. You’ll never go beyond where your neighborhood took you. You’ll never be any more than your mom and your pa. You don’t stand a chance.” The devil has been teaching and preaching that to keep us down. He is very skilled at this deceptive art. “But Jesus came to destroy satan’s lies. He came to free us from those things that retard, distort, “and short-circuit everything we are capable of being and doing. He said,
I am come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly (John 10:10 NAS). “Okay. That’s fine. I have life now.”
“But no, that’s not enough. I came that you may have an abundance of life.”
We think life is what we have now. No! In the Greek, the same word is used for abundance as is used for fountain. Jesus came to take the cap off your well…to unclog the true you…to open up the capacity of who you are and who you can be. We are going to have an oil spill. This thing is going to explode. Jesus didn’t come just to take off your well cover. He came to start an explosion of water—a potential welling up and never stopping. He said, “Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him (John 7:38).
…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life “(John 4:14). Jesus came so we can have fountains of life. Man, that’s impressive to me!
That means until we get saved, we don’t have any life. If you just became born again, you are finally getting back to your real self. All you have done for the last ten years that made you think you were somebody is but a trickle. You haven’t changed the world, man. You haven’t changed a man’s life for eternity yet. You haven’t touched a young boy for eternal life yet. You’ve put clothes on the boy’s back, but you haven’t put anything on his spirit. You haven’t done anything yet! But there is a fountain, an abundance of life, welling up in you so you can do and be something. It begins when you return to your Source through Jesus Christ.
vision, purpose, destiny,