Overwhelmed to Overflowing
Today I want us to look at the subject of moving from being overwhelmed to overflowing. I want to begin by explaining two fundamentally different approaches to life. We can approach life with a shortage mindset, or we can approach life with a surplus mindset. Big, big difference.
A SHORTAGE mindset: I never have ENOUGH and NEVER WILL.
That's going to leave us feeling overwhelmed. I don't have enough time. I don't have enough money. I don't have enough energy. I don't have enough contacts, opportunities, knowledge, education, or whatever. It's the feeling that we're always a little bit short and a day late. That causes us to feel overwhelmed by life. In the Bible, words like lacking, wanting, needing are used for this lifestyle, this shortage mindset. Shortage lifestyle: I'm never going to have enough. Now, the focus of a shortage mindset is
I focus on MY LIMITED resources.
My limited resources. I look at all the things that I'm lacking: I don't have enough money, I don't have enough time, I don't have enough energy.
The result of a shortage mindset is an OVERWHELMED life.
I just feel so overwhelmed by everything that's going on in my life. I just am always behind. I'm always in competition. When we have a shortage lifestyle, we think that life is like a pie. If somebody takes a bigger piece, that means a smaller piece for us. That there's a limited number of resources, and if they get more, then we're going to get resentful, or we're going to get worried, or we're going to get anxious because there's only so much of the pie to go around. That's a shortage mentality.
It leads to envy. It leads to jealousy. It leads to resentment. It leads to worry. It leads to insecurity. If we have any of those things in our life, we're living on a shortage mentality. That there's not enough to go around, and if someone gets more, then I should resent it.
Instead, God wants us to have this other kind of lifestyle, which is the surplus mentality. The surplus mentality is this:
A SURPLUS mindset: God has MORE than I'll EVEN NEED
And he'll never run out. God doesn't give us one pie. He's a pie factory. There will always be more pies because God will keep creating them. In the Bible, we have words like abundance and plentiful and abounding and bountiful. God has more than enough to meet all our needs and everybody else's needs at the same time.
Let me give you an example. Have you ever worried that the person breathing next to you was stealing your air? No, of course not. Why? Because God created more than enough air for everybody to have plenty of air, all you need, and everybody else can have all they need, too. Now, the result of the focus of a surplus mindset is instead of focusing on my limited resources,
I focus on God's LIMITLESS resources.
That changes everything – God's unlimited, limitless resources. He's got plenty.
The result is an OVERFLOWING life.
Psalm 25:5 My cup overflows with blessing.
You fill my cup to overflowing. If you memorized this years ago in the old King James like I did, it’s, "My cup runneth over." What's he talking about there? He's talking about the overflowing life rather than the overwhelmed life. Now, what's our cup? What's the metaphor here?
What’s my cup? MY LIFE
My cup is my life. When David says, "My cup runs over," he's saying: “my life is overflowing. I'm not overwhelmed anymore because I don't have enough time, energy, or whatever, but instead, I'm overflowing. There's like a river coming out of me.” My cup overflows. Jesus talked about this.
John 7:37-38 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
What's he talking about there? He's talking about the same thing David's talking about: my cup runs over. My life is not overwhelmed; my life is overflowing. I'm not worried about running short of anything because God is the source of my life. He can turn on one faucet and turn off another. I can lose one job, he can turn on another. When the faucet runs out of water, I don't think, "Oh, there's no more water in the world," I just get a new faucet. Here is an overflowing life. He says, "Anybody who believes in me will have rivers of living water flowing out of their lives." Living an overflowing life. He says, "If you really, really, really depend on me, your life's not going to be overwhelmed. Your life's going to be overflowing." You say, "Well, okay, fine. What is an overflowing life?" Let me give you a definition.
An overflowing life means to be filled BEYOND capacity.
To be filled beyond capacity with an endless supply of God's goodness. That's what I want in your life as your pastor, somebody who loves you, as your spiritual coach. I want you to be filled beyond capacity, it's overflowing, with an endless supply of God's goodness in your life. That is what an overflowing life's all about.
Now, this illustration, this example, this metaphor that the cup is our life, "My cup overflows," the Bible uses this all through Scripture. And it talks about having a cup of joy. Having a cup of blessing, God's blessing. Having a cup of hope. Having a cup of peace. Having a cup of salvation. He said, "I want your life to overflow with joy and hope and blessing and salvation." Why? Because God is a good God. God is Good!
Because God is good EVERYTHING he does in my life is for my good.
John 10:10 (AMP) I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
Jesus says, "That's what I want you to have. I want you to have a full life. I want you to have an abundant life. I want you to have an overflowing life." Now how do we do that? How can I experience and overflowing life? The idea that nothing is impossible with God is built on the supply mindset that says, "It's not my weakness, it's not my shortage, it's God's strength that's going to get me through this."