We have all heard or prayed some of these prayers before: “Fill me up Jesus”, “I need you, Lord”, or “God, use me for your glory”. Not that I am against these prayers, because I will pray them. The problem is not in the words of our prayer, but the heart behind our words. When was the last time we prayed “God, I’m tired of the ritual! Break me and mend me into the person you have called me to be”, “God, my sins disgust me. Allow me to walk upright by your grace and keep me from evil” or even “God, please have mercy on him/her. They offended me but I forgive them and I’m asking you to have mercy on them. You don’t have to change them but change me so I know how to treat them with love and compassion“. You see, God is not impressed by those putting on a show and religious act in prayer or church, God sees our hearts and is concerned more about whether or not we are living for Him and not just “looking the part”. God is ready for you to pour out to Him, so He can pour into you!
He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)
We all must understand that God only takes control when we give Him the power. The more we empty ourselves of the junk we have put in is the more God’s spirit can take control over our lives. Jesus will never force Himself on you, He can only be your Lord if you give Him permission. Yes, He is sovereign but He also gives choices. It is with these choices that we will see whether or not Jesus is our God, or we are our own god. Many of you do not bow down to yourself, but you prefer your own thing over God’s will (idolatry). Just in case you were not sure, God has a better plan for your life but you will never experience it until you’re completely empty in His presence. When you reach that place of brokenness, that is when God can heal and mend you into who you need to be!
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46)
Whether we see it or not, this world is in chaos. It’s pretty much going in a downward spiral if the church does not wake up and assume their rightful places. Your race, gender, past, mistakes, or your disabilities do not matter. God does not have to use talented people, He just needs available people that are willing to obey and follow Him. God is able to heal the broken and use them to reach a broken nation. How do we get there? By pouring out to God!
How do I pour out to God?
1. Prayer: Prayer is simply conversing with God. Keep in mind I said “with” not “to”. There comes a point in prayer when you have to sit and just wait on God to speak to you. He speaks differently to everyone. Wait on Him to say something to your spirit. It could be a verse, song, or just one word, but wait on your word! Consistent prayer shows God that you acknowledge you are weak without Him and you need His direction. Lack of prayer shows pride, it’s basically saying you can handle things on your own. It also shows that you don’t love God. Who doesn’t talk to someone they love?
2. Studying the bible: Reading the bible may not be fun for some at first, but it is quite interesting to me. The best part is that all of it is real, no prophecy has failed, and it helps you in every circumstance. Studying also shows us God’s plan for our lives. It shows us where we need to ask God to change us. Never overlook a scripture because you don’t want to change. God’s word isn’t a magazine, you cannot skim to find what you like.
3. Fasting: Growing up, this was the “F-word” to me. I hated that, but the more I grow is the more I realize that fasting helps my flesh to die and allow God to speak to me and through me, and it also humbles me.
4. Less junk: No man can say any secular music, hours of television and social networks, and consistent texting benefits their spiritual life. Some of these may not be sin, but they are weights that slow down our spiritual growth (Hebrews 12:1). We cannot hold onto God and sin at the same time, choose (Joshua 24:15).
5. Repentance: A lifestyle of repentance is not just saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry”. It’s looking consistently to see if our lifestyles are wicked. If we ever catch a hint of something against God’s word we turn away from it. What would you prefer hearing when someone disobeys or hurts you: “I’m sorry” or “it won’t happen again”…. Thought so.
Keep this in mind, God will not fill you if your mouth is not open. I cannot imagine God visiting someone who does not want more of Him in their life. When we go before Jesus in surrender, only then can He change us. God is knocking at your door. He will not open the door, you have to open up to Him (Revelation 3:20).
I also watched an awesome poem/spoken that I would love for you to check out, Propaganda- Prodigal Sons. We must understand that we cannot hide our heart from God. Religious cosmetics cannot cover up our sinful blemishes.
I urge you to give God more than a few minutes today and to examine your lifestyle. Pray for God to show you what you need to change and how you can be a better follower. It is all about following Jesus, not becoming famous, dressing nice or looking saved. I want to be more than a closet Christian, I will be a man after God’s heart!
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
– Tovares Grey