Living the Blessed Life (Stewardship and Giving) (1 of 4) by Stan Coffey

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Living the Blessed Life (Stewardship and Giving) (1 of 4)
Series: Blessed To Be A Blessing
Dr. Stan Coffey
John 1:16

OUTLINE:

I. RECEIVE GOD'S BLESSINGS GRACEFULLY
II. REMEMBER GOD'S BLESSINGS GRATEFULLY
III. RELY ON GOD'S BLESSINGS GLADLY
IV. RETURN GOD'S BLESSINGS GENEROUSLY

One of the traps that we Americans fall into often is taking the blessings of God
for granted. We are so blessed in so many ways that we often assume we have a
right to them. We naturally assume it is our right to have good health, security

safety, freedom, and all things we enjoy living in this great country of ours. We
forget that the rest of the world is just struggling to survive. Let me put this in
perspective for you. If you have food in your refrigerator, if you have clothes on

your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of all the
people in the world. You're in the top 25 percent. If you have any money in
your wallet, and you have spare change in a dish somewhere you are among the

the top 8% of the world's wealthy. You are richer than 92% of the people of
the world-you are blessed! If you have never experienced the danger of battle
the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation,

you are already ahead of five hundred million people who have experienced
these things. If you attend a worship service like this one, without the fear of
harassment, arrest, torture, or death you are more blessed than three billion

people on this planet. What we're doing right now is illegal for three billion
people somewhere in this old world. We just forget how blessed we are. So
for the next few weeks we will be thinking of the topic, "Living The Blessed
Life." The Bible says everything we have is a gift from God. You wouldn't

have what you have apart from the grace and goodness of God. In John 1:16
we read "Out of the fullness of His grace He has blessed us all, giving us one
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