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Step 4: Recognize that empty and clean vessels are easy to fill

The unclean vessel of us that has been carrying the flesh, should be emptied, cleaned, and then filled with the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.  (2 Corinthians 7:1, Amplified)

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.  (Romans 13:14, HCSB)

We know the following about the Spirit versus the flesh from Scripture:

The law of sin verses the law of the Spirit is described (Romans 8:1-13)

We die according to the flesh, but live according to the Spirit (1 Peter 4:6)

We are to be born in the Spirit rather than born in the flesh (John 3:6)

We are to walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh (Galatians 5:13-26)

He who sows to the flesh reaps corruption; He who sows to the Spirit reaps eternal life (Galatians 6:8)

We are made alive by the Spirit and the flesh is put to death by the suffering of Christ (1 Peter 3:18-21)

Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.  (2 Timothy 2:20-21, NASB)

We learn the following things about clean vessels, or being clean, from Scripture:

Chosen vessels bear His name before the world (Acts 9:15)

Vessels are purified by the blood of the Lamb (Hebrews 9:21-22)

Cleansing comes through the Word of Jesus (John 15:3)

Purification of vessels described (needs sacrifice and washing in water: Christ is our sacrifice and the washing in the word and the Holy Spirit) (Numbers 19:17-19; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5)

An offering is presented in a clean vessel (Isaiah 66:20)

God makes some vessels for honor and some for dishonor (Romans 9:19-21)

Clean vessels are consecrated to the Lord (Joshua 6:19)

As Jesus cleansed the leper by faith he will cleanse us (Matthew 8:2-3)

However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.  (2 Corinthians 4:7, Amplified)

We learn the following concerning filled vessels, or filling in general, from scripture:

God can perform miracles with empty vessels.  Some have taken this passage and equate the oil with the Holy Spirit.  If we do the same we see that empty vessels filed with the Holy Spirit can perform miracles. (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Filling the horn with oil, which symbolized the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:1)

Jesus uses empty vessels to fill with water, which was turned into wine.  You can spiritualize this passage many ways, but the bottom line is that Jesus used empty vessels to perform His work (John 2:6-10)

Be filled with joy, peace, and power in the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13)

Be filled with all things through Christ (Ephesians 4:10)

Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:3,8 and 7:55)

Be filled with the Holy Spirit and faith (Acts 11:24)

We are full (1 Corinthians 4:8)

Alan Redpath stated in The Making of a Man of God:

When we really – I say really with threefold emphasis – come to the end of ourselves, we are at the threshold of a new world of discovery and adventure in the will and purpose of God (emphasis in the original).

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