Heart Keepers Ministries

THE EMPTY WAY

by Debbie on May 11, 2018

Written by Debbie Norred
April 24, 2018

You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. — 1 Peter 1:18-19

There are not many things in my life that I allow to get empty.

I always make sure our pantry is amply supplied, as well as our refrigerator. Which of course makes sure our stomachs are not empty.

I make sure our kitties have food and water in their bowls because I don't want their tummies to be empty either.

I always add paper and ink to my printer at home because I can't print when it is empty.

There is one thing that I am known to allow to get empty though. My car's fuel tank.

I really hate taking time to put fuel in my car!!

It's not that I don't know how. I do know how!

It was one of my very first jobs as a youth-- pumping gas!

My parents operated a Mom and Pop business which included the sale of fuel.

There were times when cars would be lined up for a long time waiting to fill their tanks so their cars could keep going. So I have lots of experience, believe me!

There have been more times than I want to admit when I have allowed my car to run out of fuel.

Anyone from my husband, my son, or faithful friends have come to my rescue.

The most resent time was an early morning after leaving the gym. My son and I had just had a very good leg workout and I was giving him a ride home.

His condo requires that we cross a busy bridge over a beautiful body of water.

This particular day, we were just cruising along when suddenly my car started sputtering and I looked at the fuel gauge and knew I had messed up! AGAIN!

My son strongly encouraged me to get out of traffic while the car still had momentum.

It was a busy morning on the bridge, and I knew if I called my husband he would most likely be away from his phone getting ready for work and I certainly didn't want to admit to him that I had failed to fill my car's fuel tank once again. Ugh!

So, I called a friend. A good friend, I might add. I called upon the youth pastor at our church. He and his family live very close to the bridge and I was hoping he could come and help.

So as soon as my son knew help was on the way, he started walking across the bridge with tired legs. Poor child! He knew he had to be at work on time because Mom wouldn't be. (family business)

It was a busy morning on the bridge, but my friend came to my rescue and filled my empty car with a little fuel. It was enough to get me going again and get me to a station to fill up.

Why am I telling you all this? Because when I read the Scripture in 1 Peter 1:18-19 the words EMPTY WAY OF LIFE stood out. Not only that, but I saw that this empty way of life had been handed down to me by my forefathers.

Yes there was a time in my life that I lived the empty way of life. Empty of God! But I made a decision to call a friend. That friend is Jesus. He came to my rescue! He filled my empty soul with his wonderful Holy Spirit. Suddenly I was full of life and he became the lifter of my head.

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3 ESV

Are you living the empty way of life? Do you need someone to lift your head and give you hope? Are you so busy making sure that nothing else in your life is empty that you have forgotten God. Maybe it's time to call a friend. That friend is Jesus. He is more than just a friend though.

He is our redeemer! His precious blood purchased our souls. What a risk he took that day on the cross just hoping that one day you and I would call him for help and ask him to fill up all our emptiness with his wonderful Holy Spirit.

My friend that came to my rescue that morning on the bridge actually put himself in danger for me. He was adamant that I stay in the car while he filled my car with the fuel he had brought. Yet all the while he was having to keep a watchful eye on every car that closely zoomed by him.

I told him he was my hero! He blew it off as nothing! Yet I know risking his life on a busy bridge wasn't exactly what he wanted to be doing first thing in the morning. Oh, and did I mention, I woke him up and he was on vacation! I tried to pay him but he wouldn't take anything.

What a hero!

Jesus is our ultimate hero though. He built a bridge to God for us on the cross. No more empty way of life. All it costs us is a call to him for help.

Don't wait until you run empty before you call the best friend you could ever have-Jesus. He will answer and come fill your emptiness with abundant life. What a hero!

Dear Jesus,
I am thankful that I can call you my friend. I am thankful for the redemption you gave my empty life on the cross. Thank you for your precious blood that was shed for all my sins.
Jesus I call to you today to fill all my empty places with your Spirit. Holy Spirit I give you permission to work in my life and fill the areas of emptiness with your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Thank you God for giving us Jesus to bridge the gap from the empty way of life to an abundant life. Thank you Jesus for rescuing me from this empty way of life. You are my hero. In Jesus name, Amen.

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When God Doesn’t Count!

by Debbie on March 22, 2018

God is not counting our sins.

God is counting the times we choose to believe Him.

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,
Whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
Whose sin the Lord will never
Count against him.
Romans 4:7-8

If God (who we sin against) is not counting our sins we should not either.

Father God who forgives,
We are so grateful that you are not counting our sins against us. Help us not to constantly remember the sins we have committed against you. Set us free from guilt, fear, and condemnation. Help us to be confident that because of Jesus and the work of the cross our sins are forgiven. Thank you that you remember them no more. Thank you Father that you say that when we confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Thank you Father. In Jesus holy name we pray amen.

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