I got a new shiny red teapot for Christmas last year. I love it. I use it almost daily. Filling it was a bit of a struggle because I always had to use the spout for filling. One day while our kids were over my daughter filled the teapot as she pulled the lid off that was under the handle. What? A lid? A much bigger opening for putting water into the container. Where had I been? How did I not notice? Why was I doing it the hard way? There was a better way! We laughed and laughed. Occasionally I fill it the old way by habit, but it’s nice to know there’s an easier way.
This is the Christian life. We try to make God happy. We work to placate His wrath. We hope we live up to His expectations. We even give ourselves credit when we come to Him in faith. There is a better way. And actually it’s the only way. The religious motivation has no way of filling our lives. But the life of faith, lived by the power of God, in His way, is the better way!
Oh beloved, it’s time to thank the Lord. This day is your opportunity to live in the Light of the Lord’s Way! Jesus came and relieved you of every burden you have ever tried to work on. He knows you want to do right, but He says follow Me. He knows you desire a better way so He says learn of Me. Take My Yoke, it’s easy and My burden is light. This life of faith is meant to be full of joy and peace. Don’t worry that you occasionally go back to the old patterns of working hard to earn your salvation and keep it. Just don’t keep working – run to the Father – and He will remind you that He is who saved you, by faith. This life you live if powerful and fulfilling when you live it strictly by faith.
Your destiny does not lie in being a good girl or saying the right things or working harder to achieve blessings. Your destiny lies in being the empty teapot filled to the brim with Holy Spirit living! This is your best day ever – to let God do the work and you abide! To let Him pour you out and spill you over for His glory! Abide precious one and thrive! Cease striving and know that your heavenly Father is the Only Living God who has provided the best and easiest way to live for Him!
God really loves you. And He is so for you. Rejoice that all the promises of God are for you as a result of your faith. And live a joyful life as you walk in that faith all the days of your life!
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
1 Corinthians 12:31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.
Titus 3:5-7 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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