21 Day Dare: Day 13- Dare to Live from the Overflow
I was driving to the airport Wednesday with somewhat of a heavy heart. The little things that normally don't bother me where poking fiercely. What is this? I know this isn't my nature, so why are the mountains I have already conquered raising their heads again? Have you ever felt like this?
I called my friend and spiritual mentor- we all needs those by the way- and she reminded me that I was operating out of deficiency rather than abundance. I know this and even teach it, but today I needed to be reminded. It is okay to be reminded.
We can even celebrate that we recognize something isn't right, and seek truth instead of being taken out by a mountain we have already cast into the sea.
So why was I operating out of deficiency? In part, I was TIRED. Fatigue makes us easy prey, yet we are too busy to rest. One of the greatest weapons against spiritual warfare is REST. Yes, rest. We feel like we have failed when we stop, but the place of resting and allowing restoration and refreshing is NECESSARY. You have permission if you need it. I believe the Lord called us to a Sabbath Rest because HE knows our need to rest in Him. Rest is like laughing in the face of the enemy that prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Rest says to him,
"Look elsewhere for this woman is UNDEVOURABLE!"
I was also in a place of lack, because I have been pouring out without stopping to receive. There is a place we come to where the love of God leaks from us. I believe this place is the signature of our abiding in Him. I call it living in the overflow. The secret to this place of leaking is that the love of God must fill us so that it does in fact overflow. Worship, reading His word, stillness with Him, joyful dancing, loving others, obedience and laughter all contribute to our "love tank."
We need to be intentional about staying filled up. Why, you might ask?
My experience is that when my love tank is full my life is overflowing and I don't sense lack. I am full. When I move into a place of deficiency, I focus NOT on the blessings but on what is missing. When I was a single woman operating out of deficiency is when I felt lonely or needy or even desperate. Now when I find myself in deficiency it manifest in a few different ways. I feel financial pressure instead of trust and faith and dependence. I get overwhelmed juggling in my own strength instead of leaning on His. I fall prey to comparison with others whose lives look easier. A place of lack steals our joyful spirit that our true identity desires to live from.
Are you operating out of deficiency rather than overflow? If so, recognizing it is the first step. The next step is to do something about it. How will you get your filling today? When I recognize I am border lining a place of lack, you will find me with my ear buds in pouring in praise. May we be intentional to move from lack to fullness to overflowing love of the Father.
May we be filled today with all of the fullness you offer. Fill us so that we can no longer contain it. Fill us so that your love leaks from us and we operate out of an overflowing spirit rather than a lacking one. Make us undevourable! In the name of Jesus, Amen.
May His words stir in you a desire for fullness!