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That You May Be Filled

December 3, 2019


That You May Be Filled

We all have longings  of various sorts — wanting to be satisfied  and filled.      But,  if we don’t know where to go  to be filled,  we will just continue  blindly wandering  from one supposed possibility  to another.      It is even possible  that we do realize  that God is offering to show us  the way to go,  but we just don’t like  His way.

We need to know  what it is  that will fill our desires  and surprisingly satisfy us  in all sorts of situations.      The apostle Paul  always prayed  that the people he preached to  would be filled  to the point of satisfaction  and genuine thanksgiving.      He knew  that some people  want the peace  of faith in Christ Jesus,  but  they are also very much attached  to the values  of this world.      Those are two  very opposing desires.      If one hangs onto both desires,  they will remain lost  and separated  from the peace of God.

That’s why Paul prayed  a lot.      Paul wanted the people to know  he was praying for them.      In  Colossians 1:9-12  he wrote,

We have not ceased  to pray for you  and to ask  that you may be filled  with the knowledge  of His will  in all spiritual wisdom  and understanding,  so that  you may walk  in a manner worthy  of the Lord,  to please Him  in all respects,  bearing fruit  in every good work  and increasing  in the knowledge  of God;  strengthened  with all power,  according to His glorious might,  for the attaining  of all steadfastness  and patience;  joyously giving thanks  to the Father,  who has qualified us  to share  in the inheritance  of the saints  in light.

That’s a big mouthful,  but  there is a whole lot involved  in being filled  to our satisfaction.      No one who knows  that Jesus alone  is the way,  the truth,  and the life  —  will ever find real satisfaction  in holding onto  the sins,  philosophies,  and gross practices  of this world.      We might know  that Jesus is  the way,  truth,  and life,  but  there will never be peace  and joy  until we give up  our desires  to sin  and be like the world.

Satisfaction,  peace,  and joy  will come  when we see the glorious beauty  of  “the knowledge  of His will  in all spiritual wisdom  and understanding.”      We’re not going to want  to walk  in  a manner worthy of the Lord”  until we realize  just how wonderful  it will be  in our lives.      That’s why  we need God  working in our hearts  His wisdom  and His understanding.

As God’s creation,  we have been given  the ability to reason.      We need to look  at the differences  between God’s wisdom  and the world’s wisdom.      The glorious power  of God’s wisdom,  love,  and holiness  is only found  in letting Jesus Christ  wash away  all of our sins.      As we let ourselves  be cleansed,  that cleanliness  will refresh  and strengthen us  to want to  “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”.      We will become  new creatures  in Christ.      All that old garbage  of the world  will pass away,  as we let ourselves  be strengthened  by the truths  of God’s almighty love.

Let us always pray  for God’s “wisdom and understanding”  to lead us  to being filled  with eternal joy  and satisfaction.      Then we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for quietly showing us  the awesome power  of Your wisdom  and understanding  through salvation  in Christ Jesus.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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