Not So Fast - Filling Up
Week One, Day One
As we kick off the 40 days of Lent, prayerfully ponder the areas of your life that don’t yet belong to God. Before you tell your family or friends what you have given up for Lent, ask yourself if you are doing this out of routine, or because Lent is your annual Spring diet, or because you’re “supposed to.”
In fact, as you decide what to give up, ask yourself this simple question. What are you filling yourself up with? It will undoubtedly pour out of you later.
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
Let’s approach Lent with intentional sacrifice – of our daily word count, of the things that bring us farther away from Jesus, and of those things that we so desperately try to keep within our own control. Let’s fill up those compartments with peace, strength, and joy. These things which can only be found through relationship with Christ.
There is nothing saying you can’t bring everything forward right now – the things that break you, the things that exhaust you, the things that keep you in sin, the shells that you can’t crack. Real fasting (real sacrifice on your part) met with prayer and worship will move mountains. Each day of this devotional, we will end on a decision. The choice is yours.
So, maybe you look the part this Lent – but how’s that working out for you? There is a choice in how you live these next 40 days out. You can either empty out to look the part, or you can fill up with the Holy Spirit and find real breakthrough. You decide.
As you soak in day 1 of Lent, let the words of this devotional encourage you. It's time. Time to fill up. Time to tap in. Worship and pray on your own today as well. The acoustic version of Fullness by Elevation Worship is recommended.