Eliminating the empty spaces
This past Sunday night we held an all church prayer meeting where I was asked to lead our time together. in the afternoon I spent some time at the church office asking the Lord what we should pray about and the one thing that kept coming to me was that we need to be filled with the fullness of Christ. If we are full of Christ there's no room for anything else. During my time at the office I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes that I had not read for a few years from Gospel Primer. I was freshly stirred by it and wanted to share it with you. God glorifies himself by filling us with fullness so ask him today to fill you. To the degree that you are full of Jesus you will be free from sin.
“Though saved, I am daily beset by a sinful flesh that always craves those things that are contrary to the Spirit. These fleshly lusts are vicious enemies, constantly waging war against the good of my soul. Yet they promise me fullness, and their promises are deliciously sweet that I often find myself giving into them as if they were friends that have my best interests at heart.
On the most basic of levels, I desire fullness, and fleshly lusts seduce me by attaching themselves to this basic desire. They exploit the empty spaces in me, and they promise that fullness will be mine if I give into their demands. When my soul sits empty and is aching for something to fill it, such deceptive promises are extremely difficult to resist
The key to mortifying lusts is to eliminate the emptiness within me and replace it with fullness. In the gospel I experience a God who glorifies himself by filling me with his fullness. Jesus said, “He who continually comes to me will never hunger or thirst again” John 6:35
What happens to my appetite for sin when I am filled with Christ? My hunger for sin diminishes and the lies of lust simply lose their appeal. To the degree that I am full of Jesus, I am free from sin. Eyes do not rove, nor do fleshly lusts rule, when the heart is fat with the love of Jesus. Milton Vincent (Gospel Primer Pg. 45)