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Half Full—Half Empty

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV)

I was eating a meal at a popular fast food restaurant recently and on the side of my fountain drink cup was an eye-catching phrase, “Half full…Half empty…Either way, it’s time for a refill.”   

As I read it I thought there was a lot of truth to this statement.   For instance, I don’t like to wait until my fuel light comes on in my vehicle before I stop for fuel.  The thought of something happening, and my not having fuel to get where I need to go, really bothers me.   I think there is something special about a full tank of gas and a clean windshield as well—it’s as if I am better prepared for the road ahead, and ready to go. 

As I was thinking about this slogan on the side of my cup I realized this was also good advice for our Christian walk.  I thought about how many times within my life where I have waited to seek the Lord’s fresh refueling of His Spirit until I was just plain flat out of gas in my spiritual walk—I had waited too long.  I am sure each of us has experienced this on several occasions. 

Q:         Why did we allow ourselves to become depleted before we refuel?

It’s simply really; we just got too busy trying to do things in our own power and abilities.   There are times when we simply look at a problem or particular need and we jump in and we attempt to fix it, or meet the needs in our own strength. Then, there are times where we may seek the Lord’s will, but we neglect or forget Him for a fresh refilling of His Spirit, and we find ourselves depleted and powerless in our Christian walk. 

God has told us within His Word to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18).  God knows we cannot make it alone (John 15:5), and has provided a way for us to be strengthened and refueled, but we must take responsibility to be refueled. 

So he answered and said to me:  “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:  ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)

It is so important for us to start each day by seeking our Lord in prayer.  As we are praising and thanking Him for what He has done in our lives we must also seek His protective armor (Eph. 6:11-18), and a fresh filling of His Spirit before we get going with our day. 

I want to encourage you to mediate upon these things today.  Let’ s choose to fill up before we find ourselves on the side of the road empty. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about the Spirit?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you asking God for a fresh filling of His Spirit each day?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to start our day by asking our Lord to fill us up.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for Your many gifts and blessings.  Thank You for guiding and empowering us to walk in newness of life.  Fill us afresh today with Your Spirit and help us to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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