Poured Out - Still Believing - Still Going Forward!!!


May 13, 2013

I like lemons!!! When someone hands me a lemon, I don't make lemonade -- I make lemon-water!!! When we go out to eat, I always ask for lemons with my water. I have learned, though, that when I ask the server for "extra lemon" that means 2 slices. And when I ask for "lots of lemon", that means 3 slices. Still not enough. Not even close enough!!!

So, I started to ask for a BOWL of lemons. And the server would bring out one of those tiny little cups that they put ranch dressing in. There are 3, maybe 4 slices of lemon shoved into the teeny, tiny cup. I look at the little cup, yes, rather disappointed. And I want to ask -- I do not ask -- but I want to ask the server, "If you asked for a bowl of ice cream, is this the bowl you would like your ice cream served in??!!" I think not!!!

So, now I have started asking for a PLATE of lemons. And the server usually looks at me, like, Seriously? And then Lindsay will say, "She wants a tree of lemons. Yes, she is serious." And the server will come out with a glorious plate filled with lemons!!! Yum!!!

Then, when the server comes out with the pitcher of water to ask if I would like some more water with my lemons -- before they will pour out the water, I must say "Yes, I would like some of that water!!!" I must respond to the server's offering of the water in order for it to be poured out!!!

Okay -- you know where I am going with this!!! How much more --
God has offered us:
#1 - His Son, Jesus Christ for all of us to accept as our personal Lord and Savior
#2 - His Holy Spirit - to fill us, lead us and empower us to do His Will

God wants to pour out onto us -- but we must respond, receive and accept His gift of the Holy Spirit!!!

"‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out My Spirit even on My servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy....But everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.’ " (Acts 2:17, 18, 21 NLT)

This is Peter preaching on the Day of Pentecost!!! He is quoting straight from the book of Joel!!! Bringing God's Word to the people!!! Filled with the Holy Spirit -- Being used and fulfilled by God!!!

Pentecost Sunday is this Sunday. I encourage you to read the book of Acts this week!!! I love that the book of Acts is titled an action word!!! Acts is active -- progression -- moving forward -- doing something for the Kingdom of God!!! A True God Acts-filled life is LIFE--Living Intentionally For Eternity!!! The book of Acts is still being written...we are part of the Church -- the Body of Christ!!! Allow His Holy Spirit to be poured out in your life!!! You will never be the same!!! Shout Now!!!

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