Filled With The Fullness Of God
Apostle Paul prayed for the faithful saints in Ephesus that the Father
of the Lord Jesus Christ would grant them according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His
Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith; that they, being rooted and grounded
in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know
the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that they might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14-19)?
Obviously you dont have to be extremely intelligent to figure out that just because people are saints they are not filled
with the fullness of God just like Barnabas was about whom the word of God states, for he was a good man, full
of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord (Acts 11:24). The bible also tells us that
Stephen was a man full of faith and power and the Holy Spirit who did great wonders and signs among the people (Acts
There is this idea taught in some churches that we are all anointed ones
and are full of the Holy Ghost? But if this is the case where are the works of great wonder and signs among the people? Nonexistent!
In the secular world people have no problem doing their all to achieve something even if it would cost them their life. In
March 1923, in an interview with The New York Times, the British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted
to climb Mount Everest, and replied, 'Because it's there'. The answer became famous, not least because Mallory himself was
lost on Everest in the following year. It was sometimes suggested that he and his fellow-climber Andrew Irvine, who were last
seen 'going strong for the summit', might in fact have reached it before their deaths, but there was no proof.
In May 1999, 75 years later, the body of George Mallory was found on Everest,
and the press coverage surrounding the discovery focused again on Mallory's 'Because it's there' as a statement summarizing
the mountaineer's reasons for climbing. One such report quoted from Robert William Service's `Dauntless Quest', which was
inspired by Mallory's words:
Why seek to scale Mount Everest,
Queen of the Air,
to crown that cruel crest
And deathward dare?
Said Mallory of dauntless quest
`Because it's there.'
Well there is more to life than just being a saint and struggling with
the mundane things of life. You can be a saint that is strong in the Lord in the power of His might, rooted and grounded in
love, knowing the love of Christ be filled with all the fullness of God and doing great wonders and signs among the people?
God put no limits on what is people can achieve, have or be except the limits that they set on themselves! Unfortunately many
of them become circus fleas who jump so much and no more! Fleas ride dogs and they jump. This is all they ever do, it would
seem. If you catch a flea and put it in a jar... with out even thinking it'll just jump right out. But if
you want to train that flea, put a lid on the jar. Then you can sit and watch it jump. The flea will start hitting its head
on the lid of the jar. And every time it tries to get out. You can come back in an hour. It will still be jumping, banging
its head on that lid. Two hours its still jumping, still trying and whacking its head on that lid every time it tries.
Come back at some point though and it will still be jumping but not hitting it's head on that lid any more. That flea eventually
learned to adjust its jump. And to always stop short of hurting itself. That flea is trained and you can take the lid
off and watch the flea jump. It will not jump out of that jar. Not because it can't. That flea can see everything it
wants, going on all around it. But will never have it. Only because the flea no longer believes it can. And never will
again. And unfortunately this happens with people who have bad experiences and hurts in life and dont allow their faith to
be stretched any more, they go so far in God and no further. They had prayed and prayed and God didnt seem to answer
and now they dont pray any more. But the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is unchanging:
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always
laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Colossians 4:12
There are no shortages in heaven of anything including the mercy and grace
and there should be no shortages on earth. God is gracious and good enough to meet as promised all the needs of His people
if they will only trust and believe Him for it. His word is unchanging:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always
having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we
ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever
and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21