Staying Full of God
It has been quite a while since I have written any hubs to post on here but so much has been going on in life that I have not had the time to get around to this. With the new year starting our women’s group at the church I attend, Gateway Fellowship (http://www.gatewayaddisonny.com/) have an “assignment” in staying full of God, keeping Him in the forefront of our every day. Times in life we tend not to take time for God in all His fullness, love and grace and this is key to keeping close to Him as well as allowing Him to work inside of all of us to be in the place that He wants for us to further His work for the kingdom of Heaven. One of the ways to do this is we were all given a cup to fill, each cup containing 30 empty pieces of paper to write one word on that we receive from God or feel that it is a word we can use throughout each day that will enable us to remember God, meditate on the word and see where He leads us with this word, in return always thinking about Him. Over the past week I have found that in doing this not a day has gone by that I am not waiting on a word as it is given to me early in the morning. I would like to share these words with you and the revelation that I have received from God, and I would like to ask that if you feel that this could benefit your relationship with God to try it, as it will change your daily lives.
I received the word – Bliss. I decided I will look up the definition and see where that will lead me first and have done this with each word I have received since. Bliss is defined in Webster’s dictionary as: complete happiness: paradise, heaven…interesting as God is behind this word, some examples given were the following: Relaxing on the porch of our private villa was sheer bliss. <the godly life she has lived will surely lead to infinite bliss after death>…followed by synonyms of the word as follows: above, heaven, elysian fields, Elysium, empyrean, kingdom come, New Jerusalem, paradise, sky, Zion (also Sion).
As I meditated on this word from God, He gently reminded me of what this word is truly about, it is about Him, about complete happiness, heaven, and of course the New Jerusalem…we all know that is infinite bliss. To imagine this in a worldly view is beyond comprehendible as we cannot receive this type of bliss here on earth but inside our spirits we are whole and complete and full of bliss because God dwells within us through His Holy Spirit as we are filled with Him upon receiving Christ as our Savior. We tend to look at ourselves from the outside but when God looks at us he looks at our inside, our spirit and sees us the same way he sees Jesus. It does not matter that we fall short because by His grace we are saved; Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” With this word I was filled with God throughout the entire day.
I received the word – Fill. Fill is defined in many ways within Webster’s dictionary and I found the ones that resonated with me they are: satisfy, fulfill, to occupy the whole of, to spread through, to place a person in <fill a vacancy>. An example found was, the rivers have filled and are close to flooding.
Thinking about God within this word, He fills us completely and in abundance. John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” And in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” God is constantly filling us up with all our needs both spiritually and when we are in need of help. Our pastor had a sermon the day I received this word and from the time I walked into church I felt God all throughout worship He filled me with such love it brought me to tears, then the sermon was a message that really was something that I among others needed to hear. I am amazed by God all the time. If you would like to listen to this God filled message please check it out here (http://www.gatewayaddisonny.com/sermons/featured-sermon/) this is available as a video, audio or text format.
The word I received was Rest. Rest is defined as many things again using the ones that resonated with me: to stop doing work or an activity: to spend time relaxing, sleeping, or doing nothing after you have been active or doing work. More definitions; to cease from action or motion: refrain from labor or exertion, to be free from anxiety or disturbance, to remain confident: trust, to be based or founded.
God tells us to rest in him, Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” We are to give our anxieties and worries to the Lord but as humans we tend to think we can handle it on our own but then we tend to get so overwhelmed we literally stress ourselves out, we may end up getting sick from this, or even so tired and sad causing depression in some people…God is telling us to stop doing that, I am being honest I still continue to wait until I am about to break before I realize, God is saying to us, give me YOUR burdens because I will take them for YOU. Freely giving us the opportunity to hand them over to Him and until we do He cannot help us because by holding onto them we aren’t leaving ourselves open for Him to work within us. The other part of the definition, trust, to be based or founded…it is all about trust and who else can we trust more than God? To be founded on Him I was taken to the verse 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Our foundation is Christ, he is our rock, and our feet should be firmly “cemented” to the rock, also show in Matthew 7:24-27 “Build on the rock”, meaning Christ. “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
From the Inside Out - Hillsong
The word I received was Wonder. Wonder is defined as something that is surprising or hard to believe…miracle, the quality of exciting amazed admiration. Some synonyms include; marvel, miracle, phenomenon, prodigy, sensation, splendor…all of God is a wonder to us all. This just kept me thinking about how amazing God is, the way he works, the way he micro manages, the way he can be everywhere all the time. I don’t believe our imaginations have any limits when it comes to the awe of God and all His glory. Throughout the day I was encouraged as a result of thinking about Him and everything He has ever done, is doing, and is going to do…it took me off from looking at this world and what it has become and focused me on what is to come.
The word I received was Worship. Worship is defined as: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god: the act of worshipping God or a god, extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem. Worshipping God is a beautiful thing. I focused on this heavily because it is something we can do to open ourselves up and feel God allowing Him to encompass us with His comfort. His love is so overwhelming and beautiful. Worshipping God brings a sense of peace to your spirit and life. It brings you to a state of bliss, being filled, and in wonder of His glory all around us. Psalms 66:4 “All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.”Selah” How many times have you awaken in the morning with a worship song on your mind? Our spirits worship God day and night…Revelation 7:15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.”
The word I received was Conquer. Conquer is defined as: to take control of, to defeat, to gain control of (a problem or difficulty) through great effort, vanquishing the enemy, overcome difficulties and struggles. God conquers the enemy, He helps us through our struggles to conquer them, we trust in God because as the bible states in Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” When we are faced with problems, when we have worldly things such as people, government, money, etc…pushing us down God lifts us back up, it’s not the falling down that makes you stronger with God, it’s the getting back up knowing He provides all of our needs, conquers all of our enemy attacks (spiritual and worldly), there is nothing God cannot handle.
I see a pattern with my words this week. I know I have one more day to create the full week but I felt lead to do this today. Each word God has given me compiles into this list… Bliss, Fill, Rest, Wonder, Worship, and Conquer. All words completely keeping Him in the forefront, showing me that God is in control of our lives if we allow Him to be, if we keep ourselves open with bliss, filling up with His fruits, resting in His glory, worshipping in all that He is, He will help conquer our daily problems if we allow Him to do so. The world is broken, it is full of turmoil and it can break you, but only if you allow it to… The focus needs to stay on God and we can overcome, nothing is impossible with God. No matter how many times we are beaten down, even when trying to get back up and halfway back up we are beaten down again, not knowing if we will be able to stand straight…that’s when God is there to make sure we do stand tall. Without God in our lives I cannot even begin to imagine how much worse off I would be with everything going on in my life. This week has truly opened my eyes back up to God, who can be in my life more and more so if I allow Him to be and stop being so stubborn thinking I can do things on my own before asking for God to help me. I know God provides for everyone who asks. As my pastor said on Sunday, James 4:6 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” The key is to allow God to help you, God dwells within you as you…allow Him to work in your life, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.”
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