Life will drain you. Some of us don’t know where we’re going to find the energy to finish all of the tasks we have to complete this week. We find ourselves running in all directions, trying to keep up with to-do lists that get longer and longer.
Sometimes you can feel like you’re the only one putting in all the work to maintain your job, your family, or your relationship. Today’s sermon teaches us about the importance of having God pour into us. If you spend all of your time pouring into others and don’t free up anytime to have God pour into you you will hit a point of exhaustion. Take the time to get what you need.
The Bible mentions being full, filled up, and filling up many times throughout both of the testaments.
When “filling” is mentioned in scripture, it can mean all sorts of great things:
- To be made full.
- Or, to occupy to full capacity.
- Also, to satiate.
- In the same fashion, to have plenty.
- By the same token, to meet the needs.
- Or, to satisfy.
Maybe today you are in need?
Possibly, you have some empty places in your life right now?
Maybe there is an ache deep within your soul that no one even knows about?
Be encouraged today that your God is able to abundantly fill the empty places and to meet the needs that you have.
Of course, He wants to fill you back up!
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First, Scripture – Exodus 34:6
‘The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh! The Lord!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and FILLED with unfailing love and faithfulness.’
God is filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Furthermore, He is the God of compassion and mercy, and He loves you. Just as He encouraged Moses, He also wants to encourage you.
Second, Scripture – Psalm 81:10
“For it was I, the Lord your God,
who rescued you from the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will FILL IT with good things.”
Just as the Lord rescued the Children of Israel from Egypt, He will also rescue you! Additionally, He invites us to open our mouths wide so that He might fill them with good things!
Third, Scripture – Psalm 103:5
“He FILLS my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”
In this Psalm, David testifies that God fills his life with good things. I also love the second part of the verse – God renews our youth like the eagles.
Fourth, Scripture – Psalm 107:9
“For he satisfies the thirsty
and FILLS the hungry with good things.”
In this Psalm, we are reminded that our God satisfies those who are thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Fifth, Scripture – Psalm 119:64
“O Lord, your unfailing love FILLS the earth;
teach me your decrees.”
Sixth, Scripture – Joel 2:13
“Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and FILLED with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.”
What an encouraging message!
The prophet Joel reminded the people of God’s patience, mercy, and compassion. Oh, how He loves you. How patient He is. And, how He is filled with unfailing love. Return to Him. Truly, He loves you and doesn’t want to punish you.
Seventh, Scripture – Luke 1:41
“At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth wasFILLED with the Holy Spirit.”
As we move into the New Testament, we begin to see instances of people being filled with the Holy Spirit. We are told that Elizabeth was filled with the Spirit. In fact, as baby John heard Mary’s greeting, he leaped in her womb.
When we come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we can enjoy this filling of the Spirit. Moreover, the Holy Spirit is a comforter, a guide, and One who prays for us when we don’t know how to pray. (Romans 5:5; Romans 8:26)
Eighth, Scripture – Ephesians 5:18
“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be FILLED with the HolySpirit.”
In this passage, Paul reminds the church at Ephesus to walk wisely. He tells them not to be drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit instead.
At this point, you might ask – How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?
So, what does that really mean?
In simple terms, to be filled with the Spirit is to completely surrender your life to Christ and allow Him to have control.
On a regular basis, Adrian Rogers used to say, “I vacate; God occupies.”
As an example, you might pray this way, “Lord, I want to be full of You! I give you my life and repent of my sin. Also, I lay down all control. And, I ask You to fill me with Your Spirit. I want to be full of You.”
When we give everything over to God, we get out of the way. Also, as we empty ourselves, and He is able to fill us up to overflowing.
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Ninth, Scripture – Romans 5:5
“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to FILL our hearts with his love.”
Because God loves us so much, He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love! When we are feeling empty and unloved, we can turn to the Spirit for both love and filling. In fact, we are promised that this is a HOPE that will not disappoint.
Tenth, Scripture – Romans 15:13
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will FILL you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”