“The Danger of Pouring Out of an Empty Spirit”

Have you ever felt like you’re always pouring out; yet, who is pouring in? This is a common thread among so many, and it’s dangerous to pour from an empty spirit. What happens when you’re pouring out of an empty spirit? You lose focus and usually go home and crash with exhaustion. You’re easily irritated and impatient with those in your household. Little bumps seem like mountains because you haven’t tapped into the perfected strength to climb the mountain. Most importantly and the most dangerous is that you train people not to trust God when they see your oxygen mask is off; yet they still try to suck the life out of you verses going to the Bread of Life. As Believers, we must remember that Jesus saves, not us. Believers have become First Responders. Jesus is not a First Responder. He knows how to prioritize and renew his spirit (i.e. going to the wilderness to pray and rest).

So… How do you discontinue pouring out of an empty spirit? Two words, “Stop it.” It’s nothing deep. 🙂

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SPIRIT VITAMIN: “It’s For Our Good”

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Believers as we grow closer to Christ, there’s more revelation, increased knowledge and God begins to do a separation. Many Believers can handle the revelation and knowledge because we immediately become empowered, but often Believers resist the separation from others because lets be honest, separation doesn’t always feel good to our flesh.

Yes you love this person, yes you’ve been friends since the first grade, yes you are lunch buddies at work, yes you thought he was your husband to be or she was your Ruth, but God begins to separate you. “Lord why?” I imagine Jesus saying “I know the thoughts and the plans I have towards you. This separation is not to harm you, but give you hope and a future. Ye of little faith. Trust me… Why are you doubting?” To everything there is a time and season. When you keep fruit and veggies out of season, they begin to stink, mess up the other produce around it and cause the entire environment to be unpleasant. The same thing is true in relationships. Staying connected to those God removed us from will become stinky and tarnish our purpose. Leave a banana on the counter for 30 days and see how it becomes unpleasant. Yes you’re hungry, yes you love bananas (certain relationships), but partaking is not a wise decision.

Believers, God will prune us, mold us, shift people, shift directions, but hold on to this…

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

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“Know Who You Are, Because of Whose You Are”

Reflecting…
Over the last month, I’ve been a student of series called “Humility & Self-lessness.” Today the teacher reminded us of how Jesus walked in humility even unto death. When people asked Jesus his identity prior to the crucifixion, He didn’t rattle off titles (I am the Messiah, the Son of God, Alpha and Omega and Lily In The Valley…). Instead, Jesus remained quiet. When He was falsely accused, though innocent, Jesus did not get defensive. He showed the fruit of self-control. When He was lied on, beaten, spit on and left for dead, He did not exercise his Power against those hurting Him. He walked in forgiveness, “Lord, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”

Yes we have all been hurt before and questioned about our purpose, but the question is, “How will we respond? We do not have convince people – “I am called to be a Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, Worship Leader, CEO, CIO, etc.” This distracts us from our purpose. All we have to do is walk in it. God has already validated us and will do the completed work. When people rise up against us including those close to us, we don’t have to fight fire with fire. Vengeance is mine declared the Lord. Also, the weapons of are warfare are not carnal. Spiritual battles can’t be fought in the flesh. We must get rid of the need to defend ourselves when we know the truth. The truth sets us free from any tactic of the enemy. Brothers and sisters, forgive quickly because unforgiveness is like poison. Unforgiveness is not worth our destiny. It goes further. We are to bless those that curse us. Why? Love never fails. Now that’s self-lessness and not selfishness.

Just remember on this journey called life, there will be mountains, valleys, speed bumps, curve balls, confusion, chaos, war, warfare; but the Joy of the Lord is our strength. It’s not about us. Know who you are because of whose you are.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Thanks be to God that gives us the victory.

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Are you a Fan of Jesus or Follower?

After digesting a few pages of the book “Not a Fan,” it will challenge your thinking and make you reevaluate your relationship with Christ. The intro provides enlightenment on how Jesus handled discipleship. He spoke of the will of the Father. Our intentions are good; however so many things that we do as Believers are good; however, they aren’t God (i.e. John 6:44 – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him…”). Believers are you Fans or Followers? Webster’s Dictionary defines a Fan as a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a famous person. It is easy to be a fan of Jesus miracles, signs and wonders, but He did not call us to be fans. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus said, “Come, follow’ me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Reflect on John 6 when Jesus fed the five thousand. Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” When Jesus said “I am the bread of life,” He is conveying that He the only thing on the menu. The crowd has to decide if Jesus alone will satisfy or if they are hungry for something different. In many verses of John 6, Jesus gave an uncompromising word about the Father. At the end of the chapter (John 6:66), several of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. Why? They were mere fans.

The author of “Not a Fan” was struck by the fact that Jesus did not chase after them. He didn’t soften his message to make it more appealing. He didn’t send the remaining disciples chasing after them with a creative handout inviting them to come back for a “build your own sundae” ice cream social, food and fellowship, giveaways or other.  Jesus was okay with the fact that his popularity has plummeted.  It was and is more important to Jesus to be about His Father’s business than watering down a message.

Believers, we must do better. God is calling us higher. So… “Are you a Fan or a Follower?

Balancing Act

Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not faint.” Galatians 6:9

Often, the perception often is, the more things that we have on our calendar and the more things that we check off on our “to do list,” the more we are accomplishing. The key word here is “perception.” Our perception can deceive us. A VP of a booming corporation and wise business woman would always share her coined phrase during training sessions, “Don’t confuse motion with progress.” Wow, that was my “aha moment.” I realized that I had mastered running in circles like a gerbil on a wheel. Family, friends, and colleagues would see me going and going and give kudos. Rarely did anyone notice my frustration of being on the wheel. I was tired, and had absolutely no balance.

Balancing Act

Take a glimpse of my former life… I worked full time, took a full load of classes each semester, helped others build their business, and tried to build and brand my business. I served as the PTA President and a Minister of the gospel, just to name a few. I still was unable to toss aside being a mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague.

At times I felt that I always pour out, but no one was pouring in. There was always someone or something tugging on me. I was the first responder. I had a Superwoman cap and wore it well, but suddenly grew weary. I’d come home and crash with physical and mental exhaustion. “Mommy, mommy, mommy,” uttered my child. “Yes it’s drive through again.” My only child suffered. I didn’t want to be Superwoman anymore. I couldn’t be Superwoman anymore, but being a she-ro was all that I knew.

Finally, I caught hold to the revelation, “God did not call me to be Superwoman; he called me to be a Proverbs 31 Woman.” Proverbs Woman had balance. Balance? The thought of not doing what I had always done seemed surreal, but it was a 911. I had to make immediate changes. I transitioned from roles and delegated responsibility in specific areas. To much is given, much is required; yet, we can not confuse motion with progress. God does not want us weary in our works.

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31-32


Prayer: Balancing My Life

Jehovah Shalom, you promised to keep me
in perfect peace if my mind stays on thee.
Sometimes life is hectic, but according to
Isaiah 40:31, those who wait on the LORD
will renew their strength. They will soar on wings
like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Help the Body of Christ not grow weary in well doing Lord.

Help my Pastor, First Lady, family, friends, colleagues and even strangers find balance through you God. According to Ecclesiastes 9:11,
the race is not given to the swift, nor the battle
to the strong but the one who endures to the end. Thank you Lord for giving me persevering power.

In Jesus Name, Amen.