To Be Filled, We Must First Be Empty
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Delivered By
Pastor Wayne Powers
Delivered On
September 28, 2016
Central Passage
Luke 9:23
Description

God saved us for one reason: For Christ's sake. Whatever is done in our life is done for Christ's sake and glorification.

God is inviting us to come and dine.

  • God will feed you if you are hungry and if you want to be blessed

We are in dire need of a move of God.

  • There are many in need of a renewing of their faith.

God is omnipresent. When we cannot feel God, it's a matter of our spirit connecting with Him to see the manifestation of what God is doing inside of us.

It is yet to be seen what God can do with one man that is totally and completely surrendered to Him.

  • No one has done this except Jesus.

Would you love to see your heart flled with the presence of the Holy Ghost?

  • You need to spend time with God during the week instead of waiting until Sunday to seek and find Him.

Where can you find God?

  • Right where you left Him

The Bible instructs us to  pray that we be filled with the Spirit, that we would long for the presence of God.

  • "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." (Psalm 42:1, 2)

The church is not seeing the manifestations of God because there is not a hunger and thirst for God.

To be filled, we must first be empty.

  • If there is something to be filled, it must first be emptied.
  • If it is not empty, it cannot be filled.

The problem:

We are filled with the wrong things, the things of this world.

Until we have emptied ourselves of ourselves-pride, lust, envy etc, we cannot be filled with the Spirit of God.

     NOTE: Lust is not just sexual, but also a lust and desire to fulfill pleasures of this world.

Anything that becomes more important to you than getting filled with the Spirit and connecting with God, and keeps you away from God's Word is a hinderance in your growth and detrimental to your walk with God.

The problem:

There is hardly a Christian today that is willing to empty himself, so that he may be filled with the Spirit.

  • Why? Because it is a hard task. A task of returning to the cross and crucifying himself again.
  •             No one likes to die.

The flesh does not want to die.

  • It wants to control you.
  • It will control you.
  • It will stay in control as long as you allow it to.

(Reference verses I Corinthians 15:31, Romans 8:36, II Corinthians 4:11, Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:38; 16:24, Mark 8:34)

You have to die everyday. You must crucify your fleshly self and desires everyday.

Do you have self-indulgences? Pride? Lust? Envy?

  • Are you trying to get rid of them?

If not, it can be detrimental to you.

We need to be examples for Christ and to do this, we cannot be wrapped up in ourselves. (Ref: Galatians 6:17)

Popularity with the world should not be our concern.

  • If you are popular with this world, you are in enmity with God. "Do you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." James 4:4

Do not worry about being hated. Jesus said in John 15:18, "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you." (Reference verses John 15:19, Luke 10:16)

We need to have a hunger and thirst for God, not this world.

We need for God to empty us of those things which are displeasing to Him.

How do we do this?

  • ​"Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7

The devil is at work in our lives and minds. We must remember that God will not take second place. It's first or none.

How do you get rid of the hinderances in your life?

  • Learn to discipline yourself.

    • ​When you know you need to pray---pray

    • When you know you need to be studying---study

    • Turn off distractions (i.e. TV, phones, etc.)

Time spent with Jesus shows forth in our lives. Acts 4:13

Matthew 5:3- the poor in spirit are the humble in spirit.

Psalm 42: 1-4

God needs someone to work through, not just the preacher.

We need to be dependent on God.

As long as there is an empty vessel, there is something for God to work with. (Elijah and the widow I Kings 17:7-16)

Don't let the devil feed you this nonsense that God won't do in your life what needs to be done for Him to be able to fill you with the anointing and Holy Ghost of God.

When you go to God ready to be emptied, God will fill you!

 


     
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