Sunday, February 16, 2014

How Full is Your Glass?

I was sitting in church one morning praying for people. It was a time of worship and meditation. People were praying and just worshipping in His presence. As I prayed for one lady the Lord began to speak some specific things about her. I could hear so many negative things running through her mind. Shortcomings presented. Sins reviewed. Painful failures. Imagined preconceptions.

My heart hurt for her as I prayed the truth of what Christ has done for her over her and her hurting heart. She is a solid and mature Christian but that doesn’t negate attacks. So many Christians fight the attacks of the enemy without recognizing him.

Did she have shortcomings? Yes! But that is not what counts:

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Did she have sin? Yes! But that is not what counts:

Psalm 103:11-12 (NIV)

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,

    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Did she have painful failures? (Don’t we all?) Yes! But that is not what counts:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Does she have imagined preconceptions? Yes! But that is not what counts:

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

As I prayed and did battle over all the things I was seeing and hearing over her the Lord gave me a vision and spoke to me:

I Corinthians 12:8
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

I saw a glass of water. It was about half full. She was looking at the empty area and seeing lack. The thing is she looks at others and sees how full they are. Isn’t that just like the enemy? He attacks us. Our thoughts. Our self-image. We are created in the image of God and he has been trying to diminish that image since the fall. When he came to Eve he did not attack the cows, the birds, the plants. He came against the word of God and God’s mirror image of Himself.

I was praising the Lord for the water in this person’s glass. Her very obvious anointing. How special she is to the Lord. She was looking at the air in the glass and seeing lack.

The Lord told me to look around. I could feel the hurting hearts. It was overwhelming and painful. I could feel people looking at their failures and shortcomings—all those things that make us “not enough”. That slimy feeling of never measuring up and the spiritual sadness it causes. That feeling that makes you feel that no matter what you do it is unimportant. 

For example: how about the person who cleans the bathroom? The enemy can make that person feel like that job is unimportant. The pastor never stands up at the front of the church and says, “Thank you for scrubbing the toilet.” Well, never is a pretty strong term because our pastor has….but you get the point. IF no one cleaned the bathroom or put out toilet paper it would be a pretty miserable experience. It IS important.Everything you do unto the Lord is important.

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I saw the image of a glass overlying every person in the church. Some barely had any water. Some were really full. Some were in the middle. I heard Him tell me to notice that all the glasses were full because none of us exist in a vacuum. The glass may have visible water that we see but it also contains air which we do not see. We need both to exist. Jesus is called the word. He is that living water in our lives. When we are weary, He is the refreshing. When we are in a desert, He is the life force that sustains us. He is the water that washes us clean. That life-giving water of refreshing and renewal that we give away with every word, action and prayer. The Holy Spirit is that breath of air that brings power and the ability to breathe in tough times. Ever climb a mountain? They are that perfect combination of anointed fullness.

What do you see when you look at yourself? You are complete in Him. You do not have a void. You might not see it but it is all there.

2 Peter 1:3 (HCSB)
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.

What does this have to do with intercession?

Do you listen to the hearts around you when you are walking through life? Do you point people to the fullness they have within themselves? It is time to pray for the eyes of the body to see how Christ sees. 

He is coming for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle--they won't be myopic either. 

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