More than enough

hands-306713_640Luke 15:17: “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!

This is reflection of the personality of God the father. In the presence of God there is fullness of Joy and on his right hand are pleasure forever more (Psalm 16:11). Those words we read in the book of psalms. It has words like fullness and forevermore. Both give the picture of the extent of God’s power, ability, and expression.

Fullness

Fullness is about the extent in reference to space. Fullness of joy means there is no space left for another thing. It means we are so full of it we have no space for anything else. In the experience of fullness, we explore what that means for the spaces of our spirit, soul and body (1Thessalonians 5:23).

Spirit

When God made man in the Garden of Eden, he filled him with his breath, filled him with his Spirit (Genesis 2:7). But with sin man was emptied of the Spirit. Man was made to walk with the Spirit of God. But because of sin man was cut off from the spirit.

A new spirit comes inside the believer at spiritual birth (John 3:1-8), but there is something more, there is the baptism of the Holy called in the infilling of the Holy Spirit that should come later. Now we get to be filled with the Holy Spirit, powered by him in all our ways. God has lavished his Spirit on us (Acts 2), in his true abundance style. By the coming of the Holy Spirit we are also filled with love (Romans 5:5).

Soul

The soul is the mind, emotion and will. Rather than be full of the wrong thing (thought, emotion, will pattern) we get to be full of the right thing in the word of God.

Paul said that we should be filled with the word of Christ (Colossians 3:16), and we overflow from that. Peter said that those who speak should do so as being filled with God (1Peter 4:9-11). We should be so filled with understanding and knowledge that we are able to please God in all way and at all times (Colossians 1:9-10). Knowledge and understanding is not for show-off but so we can please God.

We should also be full of discernment (Philippians 1:9) which will aid the outflow of love from us. Our soul needs a constant refill of the word. Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone but by a constant refill on the word of God, which imparts life to our souls (Luke 4:4).

Body

What should our body be filled with if not sound health? And not only that, but we overflow in the same to others. As we lay our hands on them, Jesus said that they will recover (Mark 16:15-18). When Peter and John healed a man who was lame from birth, the explanation was that it was the name of Jesus who gave the man soundness of health (Acts 3:16).

That means soundness of health be can a gift, and Jesus through his stripes became the gift of healing and health for us (1Peter 2:24). On himself he bore our sicknesses and diseases. Here on earth the Holy Spirit gets to quicken our mortal body, applying the work of Jesus to our body (Romans 8:11).

Therefore our spirit, soul and body get to be filled in the now with the essence of God, for the super abundance of the experience of God in those three dimensions of man.

No impossibility with God

God is not caged by time. He is beyond time, which is why he should be feared. Mere humans can only affect you in time (Mathew 10:28), which is not significant, it is God’s opinion that matters. Man can only kill the body but God can destroy both body and soul in hell.

His decisions puts into cognizance his eternal plan, so you do well for yourself to yield to his will, to move by his rhythm. He is the one declaring the end from the beginning, saying: I will do my will I perform all my counsel (Isaiah 46:10). Nothing catches him unawares.

Jesus said: what is impossible with man, is possible with God (Matthew 19:26). God asked Moses, is my hand suddenly withered that the extent of my ability is reduced (Numbers 11:23)? That is not possible. God said that his hands are not shortened that he cannot save (Isaiah 59:1). There is no “cannot” with God.

Elijah’s experience

When there was scarcity in the land of Israel, the fact that the weather condition was suddenly unfavourable and everywhere was dry does not mean that God suddenly ran out of ideas in how to provide for Elijah (1Kings 17-18).

At first God commanded ravens to bring meat twice a day for Elijah and to drink water from a brook called Cherith, where God commanded him to be.

Therefore obedience is the best policy in experiencing the God who is more than enough. He is unlimited by those things that limit people even as he operates in the confines of time and space because God has resources to deploy that are beyond what we can think of.

The bible says that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly and above all that we can ask or think, not according to some accident of circumstance, but according to the power that is at work in us (Ephesians 3:20).

For Elijah, in the course of time, the water in the brook dried up, and God called him to move to the house of a widow, saying he had instructed her to feed him.

Here was a woman who only wanted to prepare the last meal for her and her son to eat and then wait to die, but God said he had commanded her to sustain Elijah, not just feed him!

Maybe it was not really the woman that the lord commanded, but her situation. God has decreed in the heavenlies that from her situation of “not enough,” God will create a “more than enough” provision to sustain Elijah for many months after.

And when Elijah met the woman what God said he had commanded was what he decreed. The bible says that we shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto us (Job 22:28). But what we decree is what we hear in our spirit that has been decreed by God. Elijah merely decreed to the woman the word of God, not something he concocted, or fancied. He was not on an ego trip, or running on presumptuous faith.

And in the final showdown with the prophets of Baal, before fire came down, he prayed to God: answer me today because I have only done this at your word. And God answer with fire from heaven.

He did not stand before the children of Israel presuming that God will answer (or even hoping God will answer) him because he had put him on the spot, he was not testing God, rather he was acting based on his word. And fire came from heaven to lick up the sacrifice that Elijah had set up, in a mighty display from the one who is more than enough.

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