The Calvary Road #3 – Cups Running over
In revival you experience being filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.
If you or I were asked this minute if we were filled with the Holy Spirit, how many of us could definitively answer “yes”? Revival is when we can say “yes” at any minute.
Just as water seeks and fills the lowest place, when we are humbling ourselves before God and seeking his face, God’s presence and power flow into us.
Imagine the feeling of being full and then realize you are overflowing. That’s the experience of cleansing from sin. Blessing ourselves and others. The “peace of Christ” ruling in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). Being “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).
This is where we get this expression, from David describing his experience: “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).
To experience continuous revival, we learn to keep our cups clean. We go back to the Cross and learn afresh the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from every sin (1 John 1:7, 9).
When we allow pride or envy or temper, our “dirty” cup stops overflowing. If we live in defeat, then our cup is never overflowing.
When you become aware that this is happening, ask Jesus to forgive and cleanse you. Your peace and joy are restored. Your cup is running over again.
The word for “rule” in Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” – means a referee or umpire. In other words, the peace of God rules in our hearts like a referee.
When the referee blows their whistle at a football game, the game has to stop. A foul has been committed. When we lose our peace, God’s referee in our hearts has blown his whistle.
Even sins and selfish ways that never bothered us before are now obstacles, and we cannot walk in them without hearing the referee blowing their whistle.
What is happening? Our hard self is further broken. We repent more specifically. We receive deeper cleansing. Our peace is restored. Our cups run over.
Which phrase stands out for you? Empty cup. Dirty cup. Referee whistle. Cup running over.
~ Pastor Dave