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Empty Yourself

A part of humbling ourselves for the baptism of the Spirit means emptying ourselves of self. We are never further from God than when we feel self-sufcient. Jesus said to the church of Laodicea, “You think you’re rich and increased with goods. You have no room in your hearts for me.” God cannot fill those who are already full. Recognizing this need goes a long way to prepare our hearts.
When Elijah prayed down the rain, the people humbled themselves when the free came down and consumed Elijah’s sacrifice. They didn’t just kneel on a knee or even two knees. They fell on their faces before God. They cried
out, “The Lord, he is God!” It is the most abject form of humbling yourself, like when David fell on his face to seek forgiveness for his sin.
If we humble ourselves, God will lift us up. If we empty ourselves, He’ll fill us up. When we acknowledge our emptiness, humbling ourselves low, the Lord will send in the rain. If you remember, the disciples were full of themselves during the Last Supper, arguing who was
greater than another. They didn’t get the Spirit that day, even though they really needed it. Jesus prepared His vessel. He emptied Himself of His royalty and washed His inferiors’ feet.
Instead, the Spirit only came to them in the upper room when they recognized their need, put aside their pride, and emptied their vessels. Their hearts were prepared for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Once you are empty, you’re going to be hungry. One of the most important ways to prepare your vessel is a need to hunger and thirst for God. “O God, you are my God; early I will seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for
You in a dry and a thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalms 63:1). Do you know that you’re thirsty? You ought to know that you are parched dry. If you do recognize your need, He’ll satisfy it in ways you can’t imagine. Isaiah adds, “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground” (44:3). We need to empty self today

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