Filled to capacity, having everything that is needed. “From the fullness of His grace have we all received one blessing after another” (Jn 1:16). Think about and praise Him for all He has done, rather than thinking about your perceived lack. With a heart of thanksgiving, give praise to God (Ps 26:7, 69:30, 95:2, 107:22, 145:2). We can’t be in His presence and not be affected, “You will fill me with joy in your presence” (Ps 16:11).

Focusing on the positive qualities of life plus the spiritual treasures in Christ build up the store within, from which we are able to give out to those around us who are in desperate need of being impacted by the Saviour. By our level of self-emptying, we determine the degree of the fullness we can receive. We need continual replenishment of the Holy Spirit as, living in this sinful world, the negative forces drain this vital power and resource from us. The Bible’s message is “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18). From a heart overflowing with the multitude of blessings God has lavished on us there will be a spill-over with streams of living water flowing out to minister to those in need (Jn 7:38).

All of God’s fullness dwells in Christ and this is available to us (Col 1:19, 2:9,10). Jesus, who is the head of the church, fills everything in every way

 Am I earnestly desiring more of Him?

and Paul’s prayer was that we might experience the fullness of God’s love (Eph 1:22,23, 3:19). We must co-operate and obey, coming to maturity by opening ourselves up to receive all the graces derived from Christ’s fullness (Eph 4:13).

See also: abundance, completion, empty, satisfaction.

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