In “Expectations,” I spoke about being full of God, being complete in Him. I want to continue that discussion, because we often do not realize that our emotions are, most times, tied to our being full, half full, a quarter low, or simply running on empty. Therefore, I wanted to demonstrate how we can get full and stay full of God.
We cannot begin to be full of God without the Word of God. We must get full of the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1. God is His Word, so to know Him is to know His Word. Through the Word, we learn of God. We get to know Him. We find out about His ways, His love, His mercies, His promises, and His blessings. Through the knowledge of His Word, we increase our faith in Him and we learn to rely on Him. Matthew 4:24, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The Word is a necessity for our lives. However, we often neglect the Word of God in our personal lives. Being full of the Word is not Sunday and mid-week Church services; that may get us a quarter low or depending on how consistent we are, half-full. Getting to full requires personal study and meditation time strengthening our relationship with our God. It requires getting to know Him, because the more we know Him, the more we will trust Him. The more we know and trust God and fill ourselves with His Word, the less likely we’ll find ourselves looking to others expecting them to fulfill us.
As we are filling ourselves with God’s Word, we will also be filling ourselves with joy, and we need to stay full of that joy. Jesus said in John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. God not only wants us to be joyful, but He also wants our joy to be full, not half full. That joy is in the comfort and assurance of His Word. Once we are filled with joy because of the Word, we will not put our emotions in jeopardy looking or expecting for someone to make us happy. We would be full of His joy, full of Him. When we are full of joy, we are also strengthened. “For the joy of the Lord is your strength,” Habakkuk 3:17-18. With that strength, we are able to have sound judgment. We do not have to make decisions based on emotional demands.
The more we apply ourselves to God’s Word, being filled, and utilizing all the wonderful benefits we have as children of God, our lives will surely overflow.