An Overflowing Cup
Many of us are settling back to “normalcy” after an amazing time at Council. My family and I stayed until Monday and I must confess, I was overcome with sadness as I walked through the empty hallways. It would have been easy for me to have felt a sense of loneliness and emptiness. But rather, as I thought of how the Lord spoke to me that week, I could confidently say that my cup had been filled with the Holy Spirit and it was overflowing.
I found a devotional, “My Cup Is Running Over,” by Will Pounds; it is a great reminder of what it means to have one’s cup full and overflowing.
“God’s desire is that we be continually under the control of His Spirit. John 7:37-38 says, ‘If any man is thirsty, let Him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, from the innermost being shall flow rivers of living waters.‘ ”
Yes! Rivers! Not just a sprinkle once in awhile, but when I think of rivers, I picture nonstop water gushing within me. Just like with the Samaritan woman, who was a slave to sin, Jesus is ready to give us running waters, “a well of water springing into eternal life.” (John 4:14)
Will Pounds continues, “again, living water that is always bubbling up, always fresh and gushing up with energy. God puts the well within us. The well springs up, and it goes on springing up within into everlasting life. God has made every provision for the believer to live a life that overflows with God’s grace. I do not have to wait until I get to heaven to experience God’s overflowing grace in this present life. My cup can keep on running over because God keeps on giving.”
Eventually, our cups will need to be refilled; this is necessary. We must be willing to empty ourselves of everything that will not allow the Spirit’s working in our lives. It is then, by His grace, He will refill us with His Spirit until our cups run over. And with our cups overflowing there is no limit as to what God can do with and through us. I am certain that as we keep on receiving the fullness of God, “He (will be) able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that (we) ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Ephesians 3:20.
Article submitted by Ana Cuevas
GCW NET Member-at-Large
Every so many years something breaks me down. It is then that through the cracks I empty out and find myself so able to hear the Lord, and yet it mingles with a broken heart, grief, and great emotional loneliness. Yet out of that cycle God has grown me spiritually more than I think I ever would have had he not allowed me to reach those broken places and allowed him to fill them up. I would love to be an artisan well that never runs dry, but I think God knows that I would not earnestly surrender it to Him were it not so.