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Fill your tank!

I was driving Wayne Adams' lawnmower around the yard one more time this morning when, quite surpisingly, it died. Just gave out completely, wouldn't start, wouldn't budge. What was the cause of this? Well, if you read the title, you already know. It was out of gas!!!! That's right, you have to put gas in lawnmowers too! (This is why I think a cow would be preferable. They eat grass, and give milk, saving me on gas and milk.) Sure enough, a quick fill-up of the tank, and I was back on my way.

Why do I think this is important to share? Well, we don't run on gas, but our tanks can still get empty. We still need to take the time and fill up. What do we need filled with?

#1: The Spirit of God. We know that we are baptized in the Spirit, and receive Him when we accept Christ as Lord, but He allows us to push His control back from our lives. We need to allow all of our life to be filled with Him. One way is to be involved in Bible Study to deepen our understanding of who God is, and how He works in our lives.

#2: Encouragment: We need to be filled with encouragement. How do we get there? By being encouragers of the people around us, and by spending time with people who will encourage us. Encouragement is not just empty positive talk. Encouragement is about helping people see who they are as God's creation and how they can more fully allow His reign in their lives. It's about helping them out of potholes and past obstacles.

Where do we get easy access to these? Hopefully you find them at your church. I encourage you to go to church this week and see!

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