Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Filled With the Knowledge of God

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.  ~Psalm 119:15

There now, nice and clean! If only it would stay that way.
Tupperware® is a marvelous invention. In our home we have Tupperware® containers which are used to store a variety of things. We have one container that holds sugar, we have another container that holds Kool-Aid, and there are also containers which hold flour, rice, beans, etc. As the contents of these various containers are used up, we refill them with the same thing. When the sugar container is empty, we don't put flour in it, we fill it with sugar. When the flour container is empty, we don't put coffee in it, we put flour. The containers are set aside for specific uses. Our lives are much like these containers.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  ~2 Corinthians 4:6,7

God has called us out of the world, washed us clean in the Blood of the Lamb, and set us aside for a specific use. He has set us aside to be filled with His Spirit and His Word. Each day there should be a time of reading and meditating on God's Word. This allows God's precepts to work in our lives, changing us, cleansing us, and setting us aside from the world for His purpose. The problem is, we contaminate ourselves after God has already begun filling us with His Word.

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.  ~Acts 4:31

How can anyone come to us for God's truth if we have contaminated what He has given us with the things of this world? When we find ourselves needing to be filled, let us meditate on His Word and consider what Christ has done for us. Do you find yourself having trouble speaking to others about Jesus? It is the leading of the Holy Spirit and unbroken communion with God through His Word and prayer that we find boldness to speak the truth in love. We must not allow anything to come between us and our time alone with our Father in heaven. Everything else in our lives must revolve around our relationship with the Almighty.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  ~1 Corinthians 1:9

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