Empty and Open

by Benjamin Burks on June 16, 2011 · 2 comments

Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…”

The greatest need of believers is the filling of the Spirit of God. Several weeks ago, my blog was written regarding this topic. I spoke on how when I was a kid, we use to go the gas pump that was full service and say “filler’ up!” This phrase meant the car was on or near empty and it needed filling. This filling of the Holy Spirit is God’s moment by moment provision for strength, courage, boldness, victory and the abundant life.

Being filled with the Spirit is that state in which the Holy Spirit is free to do all that He came into my life to accomplish. We are to continually be controlled by the Spirit, cooperating with the Spirit, and in full contact with Him. The Bible admonishes us to commune with the Spirit. In another place the word used is fellowship with the Spirit.

Imagine trying to fill a jar that is already full of something else. You can’t fill what is already full. Or imagine an empty jar with the lid screwed on tight. You cannot fill that jar either. In comparison, some Christians are so full of themselves; they have no room for the Holy Spirit. Some Christians have simply closed their heart to the work of the Holy Spirit at least in particular areas of their lives.

We need two things in order to experience the fullness of Ephesians 5, emptiness and openness. The jar must be emptied and it must be open. Many times we see people come to the our recovery program who are empty. They know something is missing. Many times they have the perspective of their lives being like a puzzle with many pieces and they are only looking to figure out a piece to fit in where alcohol or some other addiction is being removed. The truth is – they need a whole new puzzle! The Christian life is not lived with Christ being a part of your life; it is Christ being the only part! Christ is my Life! Often the believer is quick to admit to emptiness, but they have a lid on the “jar” to their lives because they really do have things occupying them that they are not willing to part.

There must be a sense of need, “Lord, I’m empty and I need to be filled by your Spirit.” There must be willingness, “Lord, I’m open to you. Let your Spirit fill me now.” The filling of the Spirit is really as simple as that. As long as we are conscious of our need and as long as we are willing to yield to the Lord, we can be filled with the Lord because his power is available to us all day long.

The Holy Spirit was not given to you and me primarily for our enjoyment. God sends His Spirit to enable us to live the life of Christ in this world. O, how we need His presence and power in and on our lives. Picture your life as that jar. Are you emptied? Are you willing to be open? It is then and now, He will fill you.

If you are not sure Heaven is your home, or you are void of this influence in your life, please watch the video “Salvation Crystal Clear” by visiting –


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Eileen O'Keeffe June 16, 2011 at 8:46 am



frank June 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

Some times we r full of bad things.we need to empty those things.n be fill with the holly spirit.


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