Are you happy?
Is life fun?
Do you breathe in the moments of life, or are you discontented by the present as you pursue the future?
Every January the gyms fill up, the diet programs kick in and people focus on annual plans. Goals of becoming healthier, fulfilling dreams, fixing broken relationships, and going for “the gold medal” are front and center. What if God could take us on a journey of discovery, showing us the power that is deep inside? What if we knew we were created RADIOACTIVE? What if we lived in every moment, compelled to action by an energy previously unknown?
Jesus shared an idea that often is overlooked, or even overcomplicated; he shared the power of love. He made love to be the greatest and most important of all human pursuits. He showed love as something beyond a discipline, or a behavior. He showed love as an energy, a force of God’s nature within every human heart. In RADIOACTIVE we will see the emphasis Jesus placed on this idea of love, it’s power and the profound impact it has on extensive happiness, living in every moment being fully alive.
WHERE WE HURT,
WHERE WE HARDEN,
WE BECOME UN-HAPPY!!
RESPONSES TO REJECTION
I MUST BE THE PROBLEM.
I’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE ACCEPTED. (ANXIOUS)
I’LL NEVER TAKE A RISK AGAIN. (SHUT DOWN)
I’LL NEVER LET PEOPLE HURT ME AGAIN. (AVOIDANT)
HAVE YOU EVER
BEEN A FIRECRACKER-DUD TO OTHERS?
RADIOACTIVE COMES FROM TWO WORDS:
RADIO: Access or transmission of radiant energy, or in a radius
ACTIVE: Compelled movement.
EXPRESSING RADIANT ENERGY
EPHESIANS 3:14-20 AMP [Paul prayed] I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ]... 16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be STRENGTHENED and SPIRITUALLY ENERGIZED with POWER through His Spirit IN YOUR INNER SELF, [indwelling your INNERMOST BEING and personality],17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [DEEPLY] ROOTED and [SECURELY] GROUNDED in LOVE, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the WIDTH and LENGTH and HEIGHT and DEPTH of His LOVE [FULLY EXPERIENCING that AMAZING, ENDLESS LOVE]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through PERSONAL EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE], 20 Now to Him who is ABLE TO [carry out His purpose and] DO SUPERABUNDANTLY MORE than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], ACCORDING TO HIS POWER that is AT WORK (GR – energeo = energy) WITHIN US…
ROMANS 5:5 NKJV Now hope does not disappoint, because the LOVE of God has been POURED OUT IN OUR HEARTS by the HOLY SPIRIT who was given to us.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:3 NKJV And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but HAVE NOT LOVE, it PROFITS me nothing.
1 JOHN 4:16 NKJV And we have known and believed the LOVE that God has for us. GOD IS LOVE, and he who ABIDES IN LOVE abides in God, and God in him.
EPHESIANS 3:20 AMP Now to Him who is ABLE TO [carry out His purpose and] DO SUPERABUNDANTLY MORE than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely BEYOND our greatest PRAYERS, HOPES, or DREAMS], ACCORDING TO HIS POWER that is AT WORK (GR – energeo = energy) WITHIN US…
I PETER 3:8-11 NLT 8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. LOVE each other as brothers and sisters. Be TENDERHEARTED, and keep A HUMBLE ATTITUDE. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it (NKJV – “you will INHERIT a BLESSING” // GR – “to PARTAKE of HAPPINESS”). 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to ENJOY LIFE and SEE MANY HAPPY DAYS, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and DO GOOD (GR – FEELING AWAKENED by what is JOYFUL and HAPPY). Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
WHERE WE HURT, WE HARDEN!
WHERE WE HARDEN, WE BECOME UN-HAPPY!!
HAPPINESS IS NOT WHO OR WHAT WE CONTROL;
IT IS ACTIVATING DIVINE ENERGY IN EVERY MOMENT!
CALL TO ACTION
Out of everything we talked about today,
what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?
(Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!)
PRACTICE BEING RADIOACTIVE THIS WEEK TO