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Weekday devotionals for Christians

God Needs An Empty Cup

 

Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Last week I talked about hungering after righteousness.  I want to point out another aspect of being filled.  Instead of using food and the human stomach to illustrate this devotion, I want to use a cup.  It is a good thing to hunger after righteousness.  It is wonderful to thirst for things that are Godly, but there are some things that hinder the “filling up” that we so desire for God to do to us and for us.

If  we are to get filled from God we must then make room for God to fill us up:

1. We must empty ourselves of our own ideas of God.  We have a Bible that tells us about God, but there is also a lot of areas that we do not understand about God.  Sometimes our pre-conceived ideas of God hinder and limit what God is able to do through us and to us.

2. We must empty ourselves of our own pride.  Pride gets in the way of a lot of things.  One of the most important things that it hinders is the work of God in our lives.

Pro 16:18  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

Our pride motivates us to do some things that we will eventually regret.  But for some reason, we always allow our pride to dictate our action.  We must empty ourselves of this if we intend for God to use us and fill us.

3. We must empty ourselves of our own ways.  Many times….most of the time our own solution gets in the way of God’s solution.  We want God to come through for us all of the time, but we do not empty our selves of our own solutions and therefor God will not fill us with His plan.

How bad do you really want to be filled?  God can only fill you according to the space that He is given to fill.  Will you be able to empty yourself so that God can fill you?  The choice is yours…what will you do with it?

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November 21, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spend Wisely

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jer 24:7  And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
I love these 3 scriptures!  In fact, I claim Psalms 51:10 just about every day.  I want God to continue to create in me a clean heart and a renewed spirit.  When I interact in this world, my heart needs to be cleansed and my spirit needs to be renewed.  I believe God gives me a desire to be with Him, especially after my new heart and renewed spirit.  Where I spend that desire is up to me.

One of the wonderful things about God is that He gives us a free will.  We are not made to love God, He allows us to come to Him willingly.  Think about it, don’t you want those to whom you love to come to you willingly and not out of necessity?  I like to compare the desire that I get from God with money.  When I get paid, where do I spend that money and how do I spend it? There are places and things that are a money pit.  Then there are places that bring about a return and give me money back.

Spiritually, when I spend my desire on God, He gives it back to me to keep investing into Him.  It is a wonderful cycle that keeps on going over and over again.  Not only does He give back, but He gives back in abundance.  When I spend my desire on things that really don’t matter, then that desire is gone forever.  I do not get a return on my investment.  Have you ever wondered why some people feel empty?  It is because they are spending their desire in all the wrong places.  Those places will leave you feeling empty, remorseful, and full of regret.

My question to you is, “Where are you spending your desire”?  God wants you and loves you.  Will you be willing to invest your life and desire into God’s things?  You will not be disappointed if you do!

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment