FREE & FILLED

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It’s not Fire & Furry. Oh no, it’s totally different, this post is about being “Free (in Christ) and Filled (with His Holy Spirit)”  in a world that clamors and yamors with its zillions of buzzers, ringers, dings and pings, tweets, yeets, alarms, and what have you, pestering our spirit. Sometimes, it’s almost more than one person can bear.

What to do? What to do? The preachers talk about seeking God’s peace, but how can you? A better question is when can you? You get up early, rush to work and get right at it. If your work is at home, then you get busy there. When evening comes the scene immediately changes to one of family life. If you have young children there may be homework, meetings to attend, lessons, and on and on. You fall into bed late at night and you remember, I didn’t even bother to pray. You mumble, “God forgive me,” and hope to do better tomorrow. How can you be filled with the Holy Spirit? This doesn’t feel like freedom.

It isn’t and it is not the way it is supposed to be. The Jeremiah 29:11 scripture which say, “God has a plan for your life; a plan to prosper you and give you a hope and a future,” is not just about finding your life calling. It is about finding your way to Him each day. Dr. Charles Stanley said in one of his recent sermons that the reason we don’t spend time with God is because we don’t think it’s important. Ouch, that smarts, but it’s probably true.

Okay, then consider this: It’s time to change our mind-set. Make it happen in 2018. He wants us to be free in Him and filled with His Spirit. He doesn’t want us to appear before Him with frazzled nerves like we just stuck our finger in an electrical socket.

Last summer was a time when there were many concerns pressing in on me. I kept remembering that years ago, I had an amazing encounter with God at the American Baptist Assembly located in Greenlake, Wisconsin. I call it my Bethel. In the Bible, Bethel  was a place where Jacob met God and was blessed. Check out the story in Genesis 28:10-22.

But back to my story, it was at Green Lake I spend hours meditating by the lake. It was there God placed a call on my life to write for His Kingdom. Longing to go back to Bethel and free myself of life’s clamor, I found my way outside to the backyard. As I sat in the sunlight and soaked it up. I sensed Him telling me to name my problems and let them go. So I did. Like peeling an onion, God lifted away each burden and I relaxed. I was free. Gradually, I begin to hear the Father whisper sweet words of wisdom to me.

I haven’t forgotten that summer day and the way He peeled away the onion of turmoil. He reminded me once again how important it is to spend time with Him—away from the world’s hatred and evil that screams for attention. I knew healing that afternoon as I bathed in the Sonlight. He restored me.

Folks, we lived in a troubled, troubled, world and it’s not going to get any better until Jesus comes back. I don’t know how you are to do it—maybe it’s not watching a show on TV or perhaps you’ll have to get up earlier or stay up later, but don’t miss your time with Him. It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make. It’s the only way to be free in Christ and filled with His Spirit. It’s the only way to be free of fire and fury in this world. Larnelle Harris has a song, called “I Miss My Time with You.” The words are appropriate here.

“There He was just waiting
In our old familiar place
An empty spot beside Him
Where once I used to wait
To be filled with strength and wisdom
For the battles of the day
I would have passed Him by again
If I didn’t hear Him say
I miss my time with you.”

Friend, if you want the peace that passes understanding, don’t miss your time with HIM. It may be winter, but you can still bathe in the Sonlight.

Blessings,

Janet

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