From Beth Moore’s book Breaking Free about Ephesians 3:14-21— , “The apostle Paul meant for us to come to know and learn by experience Christ’s love that surpasses all present and fragmentary knowledge. Paul prayed for us to perceive a depth of love that surpasses any kind of limited knowledge our minds could now grasp. Christ longs for you to know- by trial through walking with Him daily-a love you cannot begin to comprehend.”
So, can we truly come to know and learn this all surpassing love? I believe we can, but it comes from daily work. Sorry about that, no magic pill we can swallow and we can’t just sit on a coach and hope it comes to us. I think and believe from experience it comes from daily deciding to spend time with God.
“Every day of our lives-to live victoriously-we must learn to pour out our hearts to God, confess sin daily so nothing will hinder Him, acknowledge every hollow place, and invite Him to fill us fully!” “We also need to avoid things that obviously quench His Spirit.”
Lately, I have spent more time in the morning with God than any other time in my life. It’s been life changing. It’s funny – so many Christian speakers and books say to spend time in the morning with God and guess what – THEY ARE RIGHT 🙂 Now, I’m not saying this happens everyday for me, but more frequently then ever it is happening and I find that once I get started, it’s hard to stop. Here is something that Beth Moore wrote about how she prays in the morning that I am going to start to practice: “Somewhere in the midst of my morning time with God, I ask Him to satisfy all my longings and fill all my hollow places with His lavish, unfailing love. This frees me from craving the approval of others and requiring others to fill my ‘cup.’ Then, if someone takes the time to demonstrate love to me, that’s the overflow! I am free to appreciate it and enjoy it, but I didn’t emotionally require it!”
To often, I look for the approval of others to fill my hollow, empty places – I base my worth on what others think. It is something that takes my life captive. This last section I read in her book, showed me once again the bondage of looking to others to fill my emotional need when only God can truly set me free and fill those areas of longing in my life. Hallelujah!
Here’s her last paragraph, “If we’re not experiencing satisfaction in God, a hindrance exists, and we want to identify it and ask God to remove it. Ordinarily, the primary hindrance to satisfaction in our lives is refusing Him access to our empty places.” Maybe along with me, you can journey and ask God to help you identify your empty places and fill them with His love and grace. If I can do it – you can do it 🙂