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One Drop At A Time

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When we think about the drip, drip of a faucet, it can come across as maybe a little annoying.  The drip, drip of God pouring in our lives is definitely not annoying. The dripping of God’s truth in our lives is enriching and needed for our spiritual growth.  This spiritual growth draws us closer to God in our walk and our lives suddenly see things a different way.  God’s way.  Without the Word of God being poured into our lives we become dead and listless and what should be us growing closer to God actually becomes us drifting away.  This drifting away is like a boat adrift in the ocean, controlled by the current and the waves direction, with no destination in sight.  When we are drifting like this the storms of life are much more frequent and much more debilitating.   All of this condition is caused by us not pouring God’s Word into our lives and being filled like a vessel, ready for filling.  Sanctification is the process and that process is a much needed one for all who know Jesus.  Without the constant growth through a Spirit filled life we have no sure direction that draws us closer to God .  We are adrift and dead.

The good news is there is hope in the drop by drop growth we realize when we get into God’s Word and see the hope and direction that only God can give. What seemed to be hopeless shows great hope as our perspective on life improves and we crave more and more of God and His truth and the dead comes back to life.  Jesus prayed for each of us in John 17:  Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.. Jesus’ prayer for His disciples, which includes you and me, is that we would realize the power of what was in our lives and how much more we needed to realize that power and live our lives in it.  Hear what Jesus prays in verses 22-24 22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  God’s love for Jesus is the same love He has for you and me?  YES!!  Oh to realize that great love and power and live our lives in it every day.  That is the goal.  That is our purpose.  That is sanctification!!

To be filled with great love and this great truth and to have a changed life because of it is an amazing thing. This process is a “drop at a time” process and those past “daily quite times” with God on a porch overlooking some beautiful, majestic scene God has painted.  Or gazing into the ocean on a summer vacation.  Or just reflecting on the presence of God in your prayer closet really mean something.  It means you are pouring more and more of God into your life and His Word of truth is filling you as you become a vessel that is holding, not only the Spirit of God, but the truth of God’s Word.

The question is “Are you a willing, filling vessel?” Or is the top on you so you don’t receive any growth at all?  There is so much more God wants to show each of us and so much more He wants to show of Himself through us.  But that cannot happen without an ongoing openness by each of us to be filled.  Here is Jesus’ prayer for you and me, his disciples in verses 13-19 1But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

It is up to us to pursue God, and we will find Him.  If we don’t pursue Him we will find ourselves adrift and totally influenced by a lost and dying world and that should not happen when we have been given the instructions on how to prevent it.  It is Jesus’ prayer for each of us that we should be more and more like Him, but it comes down to a drop by drop experience that is stimulated and completed through God’s word and by the Holy Spirit.  When we pursue God, we find the abundant life Jesus died to give us.  When we pursue God, we find Him.  When we pursue God, we are filled to the brim as a vessel of honor, but the process is drop by drop.  Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:21 about what this drop by drop process does and what it makes us.  20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

Pursue God and read His Word as your instruction for living and the sky will be the limit for your growth as a believer.  You will discover there is so much more to you and what you can do for God.   You will also discover that there is a better way to “do life” and that way is found in the sanctification process.  Are you a vessel who is willing to be filled?  The process is drop by drop and you need to start your drops today by studying God’s Word and getting into a “righteous way of thinking.”  DROP BY DROP is a reality and you need to start the process.  God is waiting to show you great and mighty things you do not know at this point.  Look at what God said to Jeremiah in 33:3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

The Pilgrimage continues…..

David Warren

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