“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
The Three Containers
The other day I wanted to freeze a stew that had been left over from supper. When I looked inside the pot, it did not seem like a lot to me, so I chose a small container to save the stew in. To my surprise, the container was too small, there was still a little bit left in the pot. So I went back to the cupboard and took another container that was a little bit bigger. I transferred the stew again. This time I got the whole stew in the container but I could not close it, the stew ran over the edges. So I had to go back to the cupboard a third time and this time I took a big container, poured that stew in and placed it in the freezer.
I was laughing to myself as I thought about the occurrence. It made me think about where I am in my life and I felt the Spirit in that moment saying in my heart, “God has so much more for you prepared, He will pour it out in your life and it will overflow.”
Think about how we sometimes underestimate God. Because of our limited human thinking we limit God. We try to uderstand the things of the Spirit with our minds, but the things of the Spirit can only be discerned by the Spirit (1 Cor 2: 13-14) and God’s ways and thoughts are much higher than ours ( Isaiah 55: 8-9). All we need to do is have enough faith so that we can receive; the bigger our faith (container) the more we will receive. Do not let doubt, unbelief, insecurities and other negative thinking constrict the power of God in your life. Be open to receive.
God has so many wonderful things that He wants to pour out into our lives. The Bible says we cannot even imagine the good things that he has in store for us. It also tells us that we are blessed with all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ( Eph 1: 3). That makes me excited when I think about it because I never know what good thing is coming my way next. It’s living life with a positive attitude of expecting wonderful things from the Father, one after the other.
This way of thinking is not easy for everyone but pessimism is not from God my friend, neither are negative thoughts, confusion and bitterness. The biggest battlefield in spiritual warfare is in the mind. In life we will experience dissapointment and sorrows. We all know how much the enemy tries to kill, steal and destroy our joy. The burdens of this life may weigh heavy on our shoulders and it is not easy. I can only encourage you according to the Scriptures to lay all your burdens at Jesus’ feet, (1 Peter 5:7, Matthew 11:28), let Jesus heal your broken heart (Luke 4: 18) and walk closely with God daily. We need to be purified and sanctified so that we can do the good works that God has prepared for us (2 Tim 2:20). We need to get rid of all the things in our hearts that are hindering God. Once we have become new wineskins, God can pour out His new wine (Luke 5: 37-38).
When our minds are renewed we will understand the following verses:
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.”
Psalm 139: 17-18
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I remember listening to a sermon that gave this great example:
Imagine you are listening to your mp3 player. You have your earphones on and God is streaming, from heaven, all the precious thoughts that He has towards you. Psalm 139 says the sum of God’s thoughts towards you outnumber the grains of sand!! I bet you would be listening all the days of your life before you heard every single though that God has towards you. Isn’t that incredible? It certainly blows me away.
So let us be spiritual vessels of honour in which God can pour into. Have faith and you will see the wonders that God will work in your life. Have faith so that you may receive.
I leave you with this encouraging passage from the Bible. In the story the oil did not stop flowing until the vessels ran out.
Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
God bless you