Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-2:37
I woke up this morning with the phrase “Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways…” playing through my mind over and over again and it made me want to spend the day counting my blessings one by one, but I lost count by about 8 o’ clock! I remember writing True Intimacy spending hours and hours knee deep in God’s word searching for the answers to the questions that were plaguing my heart and telling God “Lord, if I could do this for the rest of my life I would be the happiest girl in the world! I love digging through Your word!” And yet here I am nearly three years later, still digging into His word every day and writing about it, but on top of all that I’m photographing His amazing creation and preparing to travel around the country someday with my husband in order to pass out free Bibles to people at local fairs and festivals! Talk about excited to overflowing! Yeah, that’s me!
However, I am still sitting at that banquet table, feasting daily, WITH my Enemy. He is always here trying to poke holes in my cup in order to keep it from overflowing. I will fight his darkness with my very last breath, but please do not misunderstand, it IS a fight! Just this morning, in spite of all these wonderful blessings too numerous to count, the Enemy had me discouraged; what about I can’t even remember at this point but it doesn’t matter, all that matters is the fact that he had somehow managed to drag me back down into his dark place and kept me confused and upset this morning. Maybe it was because he knew that we were making the very last payment towards a very large medical debt and eradicating it from looming over us anymore!!! Hallelujah! All I know is that for a time, there was a battle and it was bleak. He really hates me and what I stand for and what I do everyday, but you know what, I don’t care!
So what about you? Are you in the presence of the Enemy? God has prepared a table for you there, have a seat and start feasting on His word! There’s plenty for everyone! Sit down and you may even be able to feel the anointing oil pouring down over your head protecting you from that Enemy sitting across the table from you, sneering in your direction because he now can no longer touch you. You have the symbol of the Living God on your forehead, His mark, His seal, His Holy Spirit breathing within you bringing you peace and love. Yes my friend, the Enemy may be against us, but God is for us. He is with us and He fills our cup to overflowing. When you sit down to feast at His table of abundant grace and love your cup WILL overflow with blessings over the rim, down onto the table and all over the floor, right in front of the Enemy… and there’s NOTHING that he can do about it! He is completely impotent to stop the flow of the blessings, and so are you because God’s goodness and mercy follows us, it pursues us, it hunts us down ALL the days of our lives. Every single day we look and behold! Another full cup!
One morning God woke me with a vision of a hand holding one of our glasses and a pitcher of hot water came and filled the glass. Then God said, “I have filled your cup, what you do with it is up to you.” I could make coffee, tea, add lemon or any other flavoring. I could let it cool and add ice, the possibilities were nearly endless! And so are ours. When our cups are filled with blessings to overflowing what do we do with them? Where do we put them? How do we handle them? Do we pass them on or horde them for ourselves? I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been an avid hoarder in my day! And you know what I’ve discovered; all that gets me is a stagnant cup. When I put the lid on there’s no way for anything to come out of my cup for myself or for others, but there is also no way for God to come and freshen it back up. Have you ever had one of those great waitresses that always kept your drinks full? Almost to the point where she was wasting the pop and ice? Where you would inevitably not have enough room to eat because you would have two cups sitting there both practically full because she would just keep refilling them? Yeah, that’s how God keeps our cups, always full with a back up cup ready to go as soon as the first one gets even a little low. No reason to horde, or fear that there won’t be enough later, He’s the BEST waiter anyone could EVER hope for!!!