Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. – John 2:6-7 NKJV
The waterpots needed to be filled to the brim. The servants couldn’t just fill the container halfway and see what would happen before doing the rest of the task. Also, it wasn’t just one gallon, but twenty or thirty! Not half-filled, but filled to the brim. To fill to the brim in our lives is to do whatever He leads us to do to the fullest.
It requires patience to walk into what God tells us to do when it involves long hours, continued faithfulness, and unseen results. Seeing the full picture would help us handle the process, but would not help us walk by faith. The full plan is unknown, but Christ is not. He clarifies the picture as more of the pieces of our lives’ puzzles come together.
We are to obey the Lord wholeheartedly regardless of the nature or size of the task, its appearance, or the cost to our comfort zone. Jesus gave His all for us and we give Him our all, with love and joy. With a spirit of excellence, we do all things for His glory. Filled with His Spirit, we obey and remain filled to the brim, from glory to glory!
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.- 2 Cor. 4:7 NKJV
I recall the story of a man who, for eighteen dollars at a flea market, bought a painting with an interesting frame. Upon dismantling it at home, he discovered a hidden treasure: one of the only four original copies of the Declaration of Independence, which he then sold for over four million dollars.
This story serves as a metaphor for our own lives. Our frame is what we are made of in the natural. Beneath this surface lies immense value waiting to be discovered. As we walk free from bonds that are part of our natural frame, the freedom we have in Christ unfolds. Our journey with Christ becomes a treasure hunt, where each step from revelation to revelation uncovers more of this wealth.
The hidden wealth in the Word of God unfolds as we dig deeper and deeper. A scripture appearing simple often carries an unseen treasure of wisdom. Let’s focus on the treasure within us, the ‘earthen vessels,’ and not our frame, seeking Christ and His Word. The Holy Spirit reveals our true identity and inheritance in Christ as we go and grow, from glory to glory!
Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.- Psalm 105:19 KJV
Do we recognize the timing of a spiritual training? It’s often when we look back and realize we were being taught without knowing it. Our tests are not obvious. The lessons we learn increase our faith and strengthen our walk, even we don’t see it. The Lord trains us to become fit for His glorious purpose.
The tests are not to grade us to gain God’s favor. It is because of His favor that we can learn. Our identity in Him gives us a grade A to start with. Accepted, appointed, and anointed. We pass the tests as winners, even when we must learn the same lessons repeatedly. The purpose of the training is for our transformation and the fulfilling of His glorious plans.
Faith develops through a decision we make that defies our understanding. Patience is developed through an altercation with someone who aggravates us. Perseverance is strengthened when we hang on to our hope by a thread. So many opportunities to grow through our many tests. All pointing to the greatest test: the test of His Word in our lives. Each challenge being a testimony in progress. Through each lesson in our spiritual training, we learn to stand on His Word, from glory to glory!
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Rom. 12:2 nkjv.
Just as a pearl is formed, our transformation in Christ gives us valuable insights. Oysters create a pearl sac to seal off threatening irritants, or attacks against the mantle tissue. Pearls are then a result of the oyster’s defense mechanism. Similarly, Christ within protects us.
Encountering continuous or unexpected spiritual attacks can lead to irritation and frustration. Our sensitivity to our surroundings can become unusually heightened. Recognizing these challenges allows us to surrender to God’s strengthening. The Holy Spirit prevents these irritants from reaching deep into our hearts, transforming potential hindrances into opportunities for increased anointing.
Our security in Christ is unshakeable. Wrapped in God’s love, we find comfort and protection. Our value and worth in Him are immense. Let us embrace each irritation with joy, knowing that God turns these adversities into more glorification. Our trials transform into testimonies, just like pearls, from glory to glory!
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Eph. 3:20 NKJV
God is omnipotent, all powerful. He doesn’t just know and see what we are going through, He also does whatever is necessary to help us through our endeavors and struggles. There’s nothing he can’t do. There is no challenge that God cannot overcome. No one and nothing can stop God’s plans. He does whatever He pleases. No one is more powerful!
God is always working in our lives, even when we don’t see it, and He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He exceeds our expectations. His will for us surpasses anything we can think of. He works everything together for the good for those who love Him. He cares for the whole Body of Christ corporately, and for each individual. God doesn’t move in one area without moving in all the others. His wisdom encompasses every element of His masterpiece.
Understanding God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence strengthens our faith. We yield to the power of the Holy Spirit to empower us to be and do what He desires. In one accord, let’s stand against all opposition, believing that they are powerless in the face of such a powerful God! We give Him honor and glory, from glory to glory!
Then Mary said, ‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her. – Luke 1:38 NKJV
Our unbelief hinders our witnessing to the reality of God. We either proclaim our faith or unbelief in the way we respond to God’s Word. We see in Luke how two people responded to messages from the angel Gabriel. He visited Zechariah to announce to him that even though his wife had been barren; she was going to have a child, John the Baptist. To Mary, he announced the miraculous birth of Jesus.
Zechariah looked at the circumstances first and God second. He focused more on what he knew, his reality. His unbelief resulted in temporary deafness and muteness, not as a retraction of God’s promise, but as a result hindering his enjoyment and sharing of the good news. Mary didn’t question the miraculous news itself, but merely inquired about the “how.” She believed with a wonder filled, child-like faith and submission to God’s will.
To conquer unbelief, we must keep our eyes on Jesus , trusting His word even when we don’t understand how He will bring it to pass. We pray for Him, the author and finisher of our faith, to help our unbelief, known or unknown. We humbly submit ourselves to His Will, His Way, His Word, from glory to glory!