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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: The Longing
By Donna New


We live a wonderful but painful life here that gives us an appetizer of a new and sweeter place where our Savior dwells. Iím so glad we have hope. Iím so grateful thereís a spiritual realm where I can go when Iím in need and that one day Iíll go with no more needs.

"And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as Godís sons)." Romans 8:23 Amplified Version

By His mercy, He empties me by the critical eyes of those around me. Humility is a form of emptiness, emptiness of self. What better way for the Lord to humble me than to let people be hurtful. I have nowhere to go but Him with my tears and anger. He says to listen to their words to learn from them. Thereís a partial truth in them. The truth thatís in their words is that I have critical eyes and pride too. His work is emptying me, and rightly so. Groan!

And He empties me of my fear by His affectionate and watchful eye. Fear distrusts Him who is goodness and Love. I can cast all my cares on Him. There is no fear in love. Fear is a way of forgetting that we are awaiting our adoption. Groan!

But Jesus fills me by the way He responds to my sin. He loves me, He pours out mercy that brings me to tears and gives me a sweet reminder that goodness comes from Him. He tells me thereís grace. He will rewrite my sin to make a beautiful story just like He did with Adam and Eve and our world. What could be more beautiful than a compassionate, powerful, good, perfect God-man laying down His life for me so that I could have intimacy with Him. How precious! He can rewrite my sin. What a sweet release. He fills me with love for Him and a desire to be at the mercy seat in heaven. I long to be nearer this God. Groan!

He fills me with a passion to hear His word. I read it and I am changed. I hear it from my pastor., a man of God. Godís word is in my heart and on the tip of my tongue to give to someone else. Iím filled for the purpose of overflowing. I donít want to remain stagnant, just hearing and not speaking what Iím filled with. I want to give it to everyone. Groan!

The firstfruits of the Holy Spirit are what I am filled with. His wisdom is in me by my clumsy faith. His mercy is in me by my weak faith. His grace is in me by my stumbling faith. I speak His word by trembling faith. Oh for the day I become completely filled. Oh for the day I live in Him and Him in me. O for the day I know the fullness of the power and light of the King of Heaven on His white horse. O for the day I kiss the feet of my Savior. Groan.

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Rachel Burkum06/16/09
I can relate to the groaning! Both the frustrated-with-self groans, along with the groans that express such desire for the future of the Lord's return to come and come now!

Some great thoughts here. Thanks for sharing.
Mona Purvis06/20/09
Donna, this is just a wonderful piece. I, too, seek to be filled with what my Lord provides and empty of myself.
I wish more could read it. But, Jesus would be pleased...