Fast Wednesdays: Week of April 8, 2015 – Is Your Cup of Sacrifice Overflowing or Half-Empty?

Greetings Beloved … Welcome back from our Lent/Easter hiatus.

How many of us want to be more like God? Or do we really?

I think I shared with you previously how a friend of mine and I quit singing a song one time because as we were singing the words we looked up at each other and thought: Are we lying when we sing this song? Why? And, after more investigating I challenge you: Do we lie the most when we sing our songs and hymns. Think about it. When you are half-heartedly singing, do you really mean the words that you are singing? If so, then why don’t you live like it?

I want Christ to just overflow and fill up my heart completely to where I can’t contain it.

That has been what happens to me in my experiences as I sing after this incident. I think about the words and I realize Christ died for us and our sins and we are set free. When you have been set free you can’t contain it. You can’t stand to hold it in and you want everyone to experience God’s overflow.

Is that you? Or is your cup half-empty?

Meditate on these words today and ask God to give you the overflow that he freely gives…what sacrifices are you willing to make and give up to honor God?

Lyrics to Song below “Fill Me Up:”

“You provide the fire,

I’ll provide the sacrifice.

You provide the Spirit,

And I will open up inside.

Fill me up God,

Fill me up God,

Fill me up God,

Fill me up.

Love of God,

Overflow,

Permeate,

All my soul.”

You provide the fire, I’ll provide the sacrifice.

Definition of SACRIFICE:

1:  an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially :  the killing of a victim on an altar

2:  something offered in sacrifice

3a :  destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b :  something given up or lost <the sacrifices made by parents>

4:  loss <goods sold at a sacrifice>

5:  sacrifice hit

Examples of SACRIFICE:

  1. The war required everyone to make sacrifices.
  2. No sacrifice is too great when it comes to her children.
  3. He made many personal sacrifices to provide help to the city’s homeless people.
  4. The war required much sacrifice from everyone.
  5. a place where priests performed human sacrifices in ancient rituals
  6. The villagers hoped the gods would accept their sacrifice.
  7. The goat was offered as a sacrifice.
  8. The runner went to second base on a sacrifice.

SCRIPTURE:

[ Trust in Christ, Not the Law ] You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations

God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.

SONG: 

Casey J “Fill Me up God” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inywc7hW14s

PRAYER:

Father, thank you for giving us the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus, once for all. AMEN.

Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/

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One Response to Fast Wednesdays: Week of April 8, 2015 – Is Your Cup of Sacrifice Overflowing or Half-Empty?

  1. Debra E. Evans says:

    WOW…stopped me in my tracks. I really do want and need more of Him and less of me.

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