Fill Ups

Genesis 2:1-3

1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Supporting Texts

John 4:13-15
Luke 4:1-13
John 17
Psalm 23

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About this Sermon:

Preached: October 8, 2014

Congregation: South Plains College Baptist Student Ministry

Series: The Journey of Life

Also available at southplainsbsm.com

Sermon Notes

Intro
  • October: you’ve made it!
  • If you are going to burn out at some point this semester, unfortunately this is the month that will probably happen
  • Describe spiritual emptiness
  • Believe it or not, God knows that we are human, and from the beginning he knew we would need to be filled

The God of Restoration: Genesis 2:1-3, John 4:13-15

  • A familiar story, God spends six days creating the earth, and rests on the seventh.
    • Why? God doesn’t get tired.
    • Look closer, creation is good, we’re good, but the seventh day is blessed, declared holy.
  • God intentionally designed us to need refilling – we are dependent creatures, and He is the only true source
    • Look at how this shows itself in Scripture: levitical law, Jesus giving out living water
    • Because of Christ, we have the Spirit: a bubbling well within us.
  • You may not feel like you have a bubbling well inside you. How do you access it? How did Jesus?

Resting in the Word and Prayer

  • Luke 4:1-13
    • Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, but was hungry. Tired. He had spent forty days in the wilderness.
    • Jesus combats every temptation with Scripture, He knows it well enough to counter a twisted rendition.
    • Friends, rest sounds awesome, but in moments of spiritual temptation, you don’t always have time to rest. You must know God’s word.
    • Study it as you rest, so that you may know it when you face temptation
  • Prayer
    • Jesus prayed to be filled. After feeding 1000’s he retreated to pray, came back with the faith to walk on water
    • John 17 – Our amazing example: Golgatha.
      • Come to God crying and empty, sweating blood.
      • 15 – He does not pray necessarily for us to be taken from the world, but for protection from the enemy
      • Pattern:
        • Self
        • Close Friends
        • The Church

Resting Well

  • We never see Jesus waste His rest or His Sabbath.
    • The Sabbath is not a God given excuse for laziness, but rather an opportunity to worship, rest, and restore
  • Don’t waste your fill up.