October 29th – Running on Empty

Those who thirst do not drink only once. Those who hunger do not discard the provision for tomorrow, for all hunger again, and all thirst again. In labor and toil, more is needed. Effort empties the small storehouse, and it cannot remain for perishing. As the sun burns, the traveler must drink; as he expends, there must be nourishment. Weakness and death follow those without. Hear now the cry of your spirit, created that it may be nourished. Man grows the grain, but My Spirit alone nourishes your own. As a mother feeds the infant, so too I feed the innocent and also those who call on My Name, but as of yet do not realize Whom they call. But he who is mature in labor for the Kingdom, and in holy effort for righteousness, there is great hunger and frequent thirst, yet many unmet. You grow weak for lack of filling, for lack of My Spirit. For the branch that abides receives all it needs for fruit, but the branch that remains severed, remains in want. Come to Me. Seek My Word as a daily meal. Drink of prayer and My Presence. The battle rages fierce against you. The downward pull increases and shall increase. A weak spirit weakens the whole body, but he who answers the King’s knock, he shall find himself at the King’s table, and then strength renewed. You suffer for weariness, not of stomach, but that of soul. Feed what truly hungers, give living water through Me. I stand at the door and sit at the well. Come.

Rev 3:20 (ESV) – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
John 4:10 (ESV) – Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 

Bottom Line:  How many of us are running on empty? Between work, family and the million other things the culture demands, many of us go to bed too late, and get up far too early. Fast food and a big gulp, then we are off again half-baked into the next day. Bad for the body? Yes, but we are reminded today that there is a much greater thing that is running on empty in many of us – our eternal souls. As Christians we know when this happens. We can feel our attitudes slipping, our hope diminishing, our resistance to sin weakening, our witness for the Kingdom all but disappearing. We need sustenance; spiritual food and drink. Our spirit “growls”, but unlike the demands of our stomach, the world wins, and we never stop for that spiritual meal. Jesus said we do not live on bread alone. We need His Word to feed us. We need His Spirit to fill us. Take some time for a good meal, daily, with Jesus.

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