Dave Food • May 15, 2022
Are you living in the overflow? I’m not talking about an overflow of fear or panic. No, not even an overflow of stockpiled supplies.
Inspired to Live in the Overflow
Are you craving an overflow of the Spirit of God, like me so that I’m full of peace, hope, and love and all the things that drive out negative thoughts, fear, anxiety, and doubt?
May every one of you overflow with the grace and favor of our LORD Jesus Christ.—Philippians 4:23 (The Passion Translation)
Abundance is More than Wealth
Many only see an overflow or abundance in a physical or monetary sense, even in the Christian realm. And scripture does talk about abundance in wealth, food, and necessity.
However, on a spiritual level, there’s a place in God where we can live out of the overflow of the Spirit. God doesn’t want to give you just enough anointing and presence so you can experience a personal breakthrough. He wants to give you more than that. I’m a little excited about that!
I like to think of it as living so close to heaven I can feel the overflow of glory on me. But honestly, staying close to that “shower of blessing” and grace is easily hindered by our circumstances, mood, or thoughts.
How to Live in the Overflow
So how do we get there? How do we break through our personal barriers to being so full of the Holy Spirit that we become carriers of God’s glory? Here are some important keys to help us get us closer:
Make Time for It
Make time. Think of yourself like a sponge placed in a bucket of water. When you drop it in, the sponge takes a little time to become fully saturated. If you are going to become saturated in the Holy Spirit, you have to spend time with Him. Create regular time to focus on Him, and after a while, you’ll be full to overflowing in His presence.
Ask for It
Ask God to fill you and saturate every area of your life. Ask Him to expose and drive out any darkness in your life. Yes, when we accept Christ as our personal saviour His spirit moves in. But we know that the world and its temptations are constantly worming their way into the recesses of our minds. And Paul said to be continually filled with the Spirit. This is how we will be consistently full of The Spirit.
Pray for It
Pray in many different ways. Prayer is simply a conversation with God. And like any relationship, we’ll never become intimately acquainted if we don’t talk. But like all relationships, we have many kinds of conversations. Prayers are no different, and they create a deeper relationship with God.
Don’t be Intimidated – Soak it Up
I know this sounds exciting. At least it does to me. But it can also sound intimidating. You might be thinking, how will I ever be that close to God?
It’s like any intimate relationship; it’s built over time, not in one night. Deep relationships are not developed during a one-night stand.
When we take time to make prayer a habit because, let’s face it, we could all be more disciplined, we will get to a point where we become tangibly aware of His presence – ALL THE TIME. It’s like one of those fountains where the top pot pours into another, and then each other pot begins spilling out of its overflow into another and another…
We will not only be living in the overflow of God’s glory but pouring out of our overflow. We must always be under the overflow from the top. Because when we’re consistently that full of God, there’s no room for things like negative self-thoughts, doubt, anxiousness, and fear.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let's be filled up so we can overflow