232. Nearly Empty

“I learned a valuable lesson one day last fall,” Stan said.

“What kind of lesson?” I asked.

“First, a practical one; second, a more important spiritual lesson.”

“What happened?”

“My wife and I were returning from a road trip on the back roads east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  I thought we had plenty of gas, but I was wrong.  Service stations are few and far between out there.”

“Run out of gas?” I asked.

“Not quite,” Stan replied.  “The Lord provided a service station just in time, but it was close.  I kept tapping on the gas gauge, but, you know, that doesn’t help much in terms of putting more gas in the tank!”

“Your right, Stan,” I said.  “The only thing that helps is gas.”

“And now the spiritual lesson,” Stan said.  This is just like the Holy Spirit. The only thing that puts more of Him in me is for me to choose be filled with His presence.”

“It’s a continual process,” he added.  “If I do not seek to be filled continually with the Holy Spirit, pretty soon I will be running on empty.  Then, if I don’t get filled up, I will eventually coast to a stop on the side of the road God has for me to travel.”

“Is that what grieving the Holy Spirit is all about?” I asked.

“That’s a definite part,” Stan responded.  “Clearly, He does not like to be ignored.  And if I ignore Him by not allowing His filling, I am grieving Him and coasting to a stop.”

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And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.  Acts of the Apostles 13:52

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for your presence in me in the Person of the Holy Spirit.  Please forgive me all of the times I have ignored the Holy Spirit and have tried to live without being continually filled with His presence.  Please lead me to continually get out of the way so His presence in me is full and overflowing.  Please lead and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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