A Passion for Fullness
Be Stretched by God
In order to have a passion for fullness, we need to be on the stretch for God:
What we mean is a stance of the soul which refuses to take comfort in the shape of things as they are-within our lives or within the world.
We cannot receive God's fullness if we are set in our ways, ideas, traditions, etc.
God wants us to go beyond the past
"Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
19"Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
The Bride of Christ can hardly expect to reproduce abundantly unless she is stretched; and like a woman during pregnancy, the process isn't comfortable.
Hunger for fullness
God promises us if we have a hunger to be filled, it will happen
Emphasize hunger and thirst.
Many times we are lazy
Not taking about works or being burdened
Fullness comes from God alone-specifically from the Holy Spirit
We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Whatever we believe the sign to be, we need it for power.
We need God's anointing which enables, ensures, and enlarges:
Passion is not emotionalism
We are not talking about a passion of an emotional pursuit, but the passion for a work of God in our day which exceeds our best-laid plans, expands our shrunken hearts, extends our withered reach and exalts Jesus in our minds.
The passion for fullness is not a search for some sensuous spiritual sensation. It's a quest for God Himself-a return to the Fountain of our being that the fullness of His purpose for us in Christ be realized. Without restriction. Without inhibition.
This passion for fullness is a passion fired by love-love for Christ, love for God's Word, and a loving will to learn greater love for all the members of the vast family of our Father.
A Passion for Fullness Leads to Holiness
True-hearted passion for fullness puts an absolute priority on personal holiness.
To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be filled with the One who opens all the possibilities of holiness. The same regenerating work which makes us Holy before God opens His renewing work to grow us as people of holiness before men.
Real fullness calls us to real holiness.
True holiness is not the result of human efforts or enforced works of holy living.
Thirst, not works, determines if we receive purity and power from God. The idea that an acquired "holiness of life" earns a "balance due" of holy power is a common but empty idea. God is never indebted to any human being. All his works are by grace alone.
The Fruit of Fullness
Our character will be changed
We will want Jesus to more than Savior, we will want Him to be Lord
We will be faithful to God
We will commit to being all that God wants us to be
We will receive gifts of the Spirit. That is a whole other sermon
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