Emptied to be Refilled
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It has been a few months since we have shared the love of Christ, our Messiah. Many times I would sit down to begin a message to you from my heart and nothing would come. Nothing. My fingers would lie still across the keyboard, and I would simply stare at the screen. I knew in my spirit to simply close the screen, for how can a drink be given from an empty cup?
I could not understand what I was feeling. My normal home life, church life & job was the same, but my spirituality & my ministry was changing. I knew it. I just did not understand it. It was unidentifiable, but yet so real.
I began to fill empty. I would search the scriptures asking God to reveal His Word to me concerning my situation. Nothing. Yet my heart did not condemn me. I John 3:21. As the days past into months the emptiness stayed the same. I was constantly repenting, just in case!
Even in the mist of this puzzling transition in my life, I had a “peace that passes all understanding.” Phil. 4:7 I was learning how to trust God without focusing on anything but HIM. The peace was so comforting to my confused heart.
One day as my husband and I were traveling to a ministry event, I shared this with him. He responded, “Charli, “Maybe God is emptying you to fill you again.”
All at once the Spiritual Light in my soul came on! Yes, that was it! How could I have missed it? It was so simple, yet so profound. Isn’t that the way God’s communication with His children always is; so simple a child can understand it. Luke 10:21
The Lord brought to my spirit the story of old wineskins and new wine? He must replace my old wineskin with a new wineskin! Matt. 9:17 Wow, was I ever excited. I had been emptied to be filled again, for the wine I had received in the past was now gone.
The time had come in my life for new wine & fresh bread. It was a new beginning; a “Genesis” in my Spiritual walk. The time had come for going lower, lower on my face as John did in Rev. 1:17. “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.” I am learning to go deeper to discover the deepest water spouts of the Lord, and to humble myself in a greater way that He may be lifted up. Thus, my wineskin is beginning to fill with new wine.
As the scripture states above, “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it”…Is. 65:8 Oh, the joy of receiving a new blessing from the Lord, by allowing Him to refill my new wineskin with His new wine for this time and this season.
I love you,