Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.” NASU
We considered the first condition or requirement for being filled with the fullness of God last time and I want to consider condition number two today.
CONDITION NUMBER TWO – Come to Jesus.
That involves and means the total surrender of our lives to our LORD. That means to seek the will of God in all things and walk in the light you have received. That is Total Surrender! Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11;28-29, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
He followed that up in 1 John 1:7 saying, “but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” If we are to have all of Him, He must have all of us. He must have control. He must increase, and we must decrease. He must be Lord as well as Savior. He must find us a yielded vessel. We cannot have His fullness without coming to Him in full surrender.
CONDITION NUMBER THREE – We Must Drink.
You will never quench thirst, in the natural, by looking at a photograph of water or reading about the water. You have to Drink! This means that we must have a whole-hearted reception of His water and Him into our lives. We must receive His gifts, His fruit, and His Spirit. His Word must live in us. I urge you to read 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 regarding the gifts of the Spirit and our connection to Christ.
In Galatians 5:22-23 we discover a powerful truth. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” That is like a magnet to a hungry heart! In Revelation 22:17 we are invited to Come. The thirst can come. The hungry can come. The willing can come. You and I will never be filled and satisfied until we come to His River and Drink!
CONDITION NUMBER FOUR – We Must Believe on Jesus as the Bible Teaches.
Biblical believing implies obedience and if we are to receive His fullness we must walk in complete obedience. There are no shortcuts in God! Jesus told His followers in Matthew 28:20, to go into all the world and share the message of Grace and the teach the new converts to Obey God’s Commandments. He told them to also tell the new converts that He would personally be there to guide and comfort us. In Mark 16, this is repeated and in verses 15-20 He gives a more detailed directive.
In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” After His resurrection and ascension in Acts 1:4 we find the followers of Christ assembled just like He had instructed, and they were WAITING for the Promise of the Father. They were awaiting that River that would spring up inside them through the Holy Spirit. In Acts 5:32 they testified that they were His witnesses and so is the Holy Spirit that God gives to the obedient.
The truth is that if we want more of God we can have more of God! The problem is not on His end it is on ours. If we want more of His Holy Spirit, we can receive. If we want to see the Power of God manifest in our lives, we can have that Power. Every time I talk to God about Power, He talks to me about Purity!
The solution is simple – Thirst, Come to Jesus, Drink, Believe, and Obey. So, my question to each of us today is, “Are You Thirsty?” Do you long for more of God! He is willing and waiting for us to Come and Drink! Let your thirst draw you to His River!
God bless you in your new adventures in Him!