contentment day 17- Emptiness

contentment day 17- Emptiness

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“When some men and women are complaining so much, and always whining, it is a sign that there is an emptiness in their hearts.”

“So a gracious heart, having the Spirit of God within him, and his heart filled with grace has that within him that makes him find contentment.”

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment p. 45

When our hearts are filled with the Spirit of God, the evidence will be in the increasing measure of the fruit of the Spirit—-love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, self-control (Galatians 5:22).

In order to be filled with the Spirit of God, we must be daily surrendering our selves to Christ, and picking up our cross, and following Christ, not allowing our own self to rule and reign in our hearts.

We must have our hearts set on Christ, and our eyes looking off unto Him in all things.

We must be yielded to God for Him to keep us abiding in Christ.  And when we are being kept by the power of Almighty  God, we are filled with Him inwardly, and the fruit is evidenced by the flowing of peace and joy and rest.

But where there is complaining, the empty self will be found. Think of a simple picture of this— a baby, when it is hungry, cries until it is fed. That is simple. But see the principle—-a baby’s belly is not full, therefore it cries to be made full.

Now, when we are found to be complaining and whining over circumstances, or a lack in outward comforts, it is because we are giving place to our natural self, our carnal nature, instead of denying ourselves and seeking to be filled with the Spirit of God.

For when the Spirit of God is in control, we will find within our own hearts that which makes us find contentment, whatever the circumstance.

It is hard to put into words what it  is like when the Spirit of God is filling your heart to the point where no matter what is happening, there is this sense of heart rest and peace in the midst of it all.

Dividing of Soul and Spirit

When our “old self” is ruling our inner man, we will know by the works of it in our minds and thoughts and words:

  • anxiety in our minds
  • distracting thoughts
  • unceasing obsession with the ‘what ifs’ of our life/circumstances
  • doubting God and His Sovereignty
  • relying on man’s wisdom instead of seeking God’s wisdom
  • reasoning in our minds of what to do
  • thinking about how we will have to make things work out/making this better

When the Spirit of God is ruling our inner man, we will know by the fruit flowing in our minds and thoughts and words:

  • a calm feeling inwardly
  • thoughts of God’s sovereignty over the circumstance/life
  • restful mindset that all is well because GOD IS IN CONTROL
  • a peace in our minds where there are no fears/distracting thoughts
  • no anxiety, only peace and rest
  • faith-filled speech which talks of God’s love, His sovereignty, and His almighty power to work all things for the good
  • a sense that even though this trial/circumstance is happening, God is keeping me in His purposes, and I have peace knowing that He will never leave me nor forsake me

 

The Difference

Do we see the difference?

A heart that is empty is a heart that complains, because it does not have inwardly or outwardly the thing it needs to be content.

But even if it acquires the thing it thinks it needs to be content outwardly, the heart is still empty because no outward comfort can bring a heart true contentment.

It is found only in Christ Jesus! In the grace He gives out of His own fullness that He received from the Father. Christ is sitting on the Right hand of God, and He sits as Head over the Church and from Him flows all the grace and life to each member of His body. He has been given power by God to distribute His Spirit to His children, that we may be kept in all things, giving glory to God and rejoicing in Him!

 

The KEY

The key to finding this contentment is found in totally surrendering to Christ, and agreeing with Him that in ourselves, we have no hope. We are utterly dependent on Him to fill our hearts with His Spirit and power to will and to do of His good pleasure.

We must rely on Him for the faith that believes that all is well because God is in control.

We can not stir up faith, or contentment in our own hearts. It is only as we are seeking after GOD, and trusting in Him alone, that He gives us faith to believe and trust that He is all we need.

And when we are totally surrendered and focused on HIM,  our hearts are emptied of self, and are filled to overflowing with His Spirit, from His Spirit flows the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control. And when we are filled with this abundant life, we are thankful, and we are rejoicing, and we are filled with the grace of God that overcomes any circumstance and we find contentment in it.

By the grace of God, we find contentment.

 

 

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