Summary: Part 1 of 7 in the teaching series "Storybooks, Fairytales and the Life God Wants You to Have."

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"Storybooks, Fairytales & the Life God Wants You to Have"

Part 1 - Ideals, Settling & Obedience

NewSong Church - 11/16/08

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[SLIDE] - This week we begin our new teaching series, "Storybooks, Fairytales & the Life God Wants You to Have."

• We all know that this time of year, we are supposed to experience peace, joy, gratitude, hope, love… you know, all the good holiday attitudes and emotions

• But over the past few weeks, I have had many people both in and outside of the church tell me, "Well, those sound like nice ideals, and it would be great if I could experience them, but they’re not really part of my life and I’m not even sure they’re meant for everybody."

• Part of that statement is absolutely true. Those ideals are often not part of our real lives.

• But they are part of God’s life, the life that He desires and even expects us to have, a life lived on His level.

• And we will never be able to experience that life on His level so long as we are clinging to life on our level.

• So over the next couple weeks leading into the Advent season, we will be looking at principles from the Bible that help us live God’s ideals in our reality.

[SLIDE] Discussion: What kind of life do you think God wants for you?

• I’m not talking about the kind of life some televangelists promise, a prosperity message

• Life with no problems, lots of money, huge success, perfect body shape and great hair

• That life only exists in storybooks and fairytales

• Even when we get to experience some of it, the story is over in the blink of an eye

:: The Life God Wants You to Have ::

John 10:10

[SLIDE] - “… I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” [NIV]

[SLIDE] - “… I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.” [CEV]

[SLIDE] - “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” [NLT]

[SLIDE] - “I came so that they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” [The Message]

• A life of joy & happiness, peace & security

• A life of blessing and miracle, a life of provision, wanting for nothing

• A life of abundance, living to its fullest, satisfied, content

• A life of love and loving, overflowing with the compassion and sacrifice of Jesus

• A life of power and impact, a catalyst for change, a life that makes a difference, that counts

• A life that realizes all of these ideals on God’s level, though – not ours.

[SLIDE] - We can live life on God’s level when we exchange our ideals for His ideals.

:: Ideals ::

[SLIDE] - “Existing as a perfect model; exactly as one would desire; a perfect kind.” [Webster]

:: Settling for Good Enough ::

[SLIDE] - “Settling” substitutes God’s ideals for ones that are less than perfect

:: Not Good Enough For God ::

[SLIDE] - If we are going to live with in the blessings and benefits of God’s ideals, then we also have to live in God’s expectation of obedience to his commands.

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