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July 29, 2017

Overcoming Exhaustion

by Johnson Bowie
1 John 5:4-5 NIV…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victorythat has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomesthe world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.Overcoming Exhaustion: Learn to trust in God’s provision.Exodus 16:4-5 NIVThen the Lord said to Moses, “I
Sermon Notes

1 John 5:4-5 NIV
…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory
that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes
the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Overcoming Exhaustion:

  1. Learn to trust in God’s provision.
    Exodus 16:4-5 NIV
    Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for
    you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that
    day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my
    instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in,
    and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
    • God miraculously provided the manna.
    • If they gathered too much it would spoil.
    • On the sixth day, they were to gather twice as much.
    Philippians 4:19 NIV
    And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his
    glory in Christ Jesus.
    Psalm 4:6-8 MSG
    Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More,
    more.” I have God’s more-than-enough, more joy in one ordinary day
    than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for
    sound sleep, for you, God, have put my life back together.
  2. Learn the power of saying “no”.
    Exodus 18:17-23 NIV
    Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You
    and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out.
    The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now
    to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You
    must be the people’s representative before God and bring their
    disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show
    them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select
    capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy
    men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over
    thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for
    the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to
    you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make
    your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this
    and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all
    these people will go home satisfied.”
  3. Learn to say “yes” to rest.
    Shaabat – to cease, to abstain, to desist from, to end, to stop
    Exodus 20:8-11 NIV
    “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall
    labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the
    Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your
    son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals,
    nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord
    made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but
    he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the
    Sabbath day and made it holy.”
    We Sabbath to stop and rest and connect and reflect.
    Deuteronomy 5:12, 15 NLT
    “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God
    has commanded you…Remember that you were once slaves in
    Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand
    and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded
    you to rest on the Sabbath day.”
    Understanding the Sabbath:
    • Rest from your work.
    • Rest from even the thought of work.
    • Rest as if all your work was done.
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