Psalm 81:10,”I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it”.
There are those times when things are not going on well in your life; the first question I suspect runs through your mind, “What did I do wrong?” Those are the times you begin to trace back to what might have happened to have brought you to this condition. When you are sick and go to the doctor, what do they do? They run some tests on you and ask you about your family health history. The doctor is trying to see where what you have could have started from. And if one of your family members had/have it, the conclusion would be, most probably that is where you may have inherited it from.
We then come to Christ and think the same also happens. The good question to ask, when Christ saved you, what did He save you from if what you used to deal with has to follow you into the new life? 2Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new“. You are not old creature improved, no; you are a new man, new creation. Also, you are not a creation made to look like new, no, you are a new creation.Therefore your past failures are not factors into your new life and cannot negate your future. Majority are down because they do not believe God loves them in spite off. There is nothing you and I can do to make God love us more or less.
The feeling of condemnation about the past failures is stopping a number of believers from progressing. Paul reminds us in Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit“. Those who are in Christ Jesus and do not walk in the pattern of the flesh are no condemned. The fact they struggle is clear indication the Spirit is at work in them to keep them identifying with their new nature. If you are in Christ, you ought not to feel condemned; He took care of all your guilt and shame upon Himself on the cross. I must say that this only applies to those who are in Christ. How about those who are not, John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. This is not believing that Christ is Lord (head knowledge) but a lifestyle that demonstrates Christ as Lord of your life. If it was about belief, even the devils believe, yet they tremble (James 2:10)
If that is settled, then we have our Lord reminding us to do something He has already provided. Psalms 81:10 is vital to our new life. “I am the Lord YOUR God“, which shows that He knows us and has called us His. Then He reminds us of where He called us from, sin and bondage. Egypt in this case is the type of the world we were delivered from. His reminder of where He called us from is not to make us depressed, it’s to remind us of His goodness and faithfulness. Romans 2:4, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” His goodness brought us this far and we thank Him for that; however He wants to do more. He says, “… Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it,” fill it with what? Joy, laughter, confidence, peace, prosperity, hope, holiness, purity. He will only fill you if you open your mouth, and He will fill you with what you have room for. Do not linger on what could have happened, expect what will happen. Your history is not a mystery to God. Choose this this day to open your mouth wide He has given you and let Him fill you with what you need. Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled”. This is the first hunger every believer needs, it ought to be priority, and the rest will fall in place if we make this priority. Blessings Ev
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