For the next couple of posts, I’m going to share the notes I’ve taken from the study. Enjoy! :D
WEEK ONE (notes):
* Our God is a God of abundance.
* we want the pew to hit the pavement — for what we learn in church on Sunday to be applicable to our day-to-day lives.
* John 10:10 ~ “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (“life” = milk | “abundantly” = honey)
* God wants us to have a life with a little sweetness on top.
* There must be deliverance to even begin the journey.
* Just like Israel, we need to be delivered from (1) a person, and (2) a place.
* for every good gift God gives, Satan is right there to offer a counterfeit.
* a lot of believers are free from the person [Satan], but are still living in the places [bad books / raunchy TV or movies / sinful relationships, etc] owned by the enemy.
* Are we still hanging out in the places where the enemy reigns? –> in places/with things that hinder what God wants to do in our lives. (Hebrews 12:1)
* Galatians 5:1 ~ “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
:: To me, the elephant seemed to long for freedom. If only he knew that his little fence was nothing compared to his innate strength… if only he realized that he could break that shackle with one powerful move and be free.
:: Before God’s chosen people could hope to ender the land promised to them, the shackle had to break. It held them back from finding the abundance God planned for them.
:: …all those who refuse to pursue freedom from the curse of sin forfeit the place of “milk & honey” — fulfillment, freedom, satisfaction, contentment, and overwhelming joy.
:: …only One instrument can unshackle us from the cuse and consequences of original sin…God’s ultimate deliverer, Jesus Christ.
:: We must continually turn our backs on the temptation to rebel against God.
:: Since our tendency as humans is to err in a direction away from God, we must retrain ourselves to walk in the ways of freedom …daily living in that freedom takes work as we cooperate with God’s Spirit.
:: The enemy of our souls knows our strengths and weaknesses, and he has the goal of contriving ways to keep us under his thumb… He encourages us to keep returning to the very sins from which Christ freed us.
:: Sin is progressive. What once satisfied us loses its power. Before we know it, we are more and more entangled in a web that is slowly taking the life out of us.
:: Far too many Christians turn away from the narrow road of abundant living to temporarily enjoy the Enemy’s worldly variety.
:: The simplicity and singleness of the manna in the wilderness symbolized the Christ who was to come. (John 6:35 ~ “I am the bread of life.”)
:: To start living like free men and women, His people have to start eating like them.
:: Like Daniel, we must adapt a strong resolve and a firm stand against Satan’s attempts to serve us food from his table.
:: See God outside of the box.
:: Expect to see God’s power in supernatural ways, anticipate miracles in your everyday existence, and hear His voice with startling clarity.
:: A narrow view of God creates a boundary that limits our experience of Him.