Optimum. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. In fact, I love having two or three. When Keurig became popular it changed the way we do coffee at our house. Every coffee is like freshly brewed pot. We have been hooked for a while. One problem, however, is that we have been negligent in cleaning our coffee maker. Recently it started making all kinds of groaning noises as it brewed, and we were anxious that each cup might be the last. Formerly, it would automatically cut off after a period of time, but recently it just stayed on. And the water level in our coffee cup seemed to be less, until . . .
This past weekend my wife cleaned the coffee maker, thoroughly. It seems to have taken on new life. No groaning or growling noise while it brews. It automatically turns off after a period of time. And the water level is back to normal. It is working properly again. Amazing what being clean does.
I have been writing about “Waiting” before God for “When” we are filled with His Spirit. I Acts 1 they were totally waiting for the Spirit, not just to fill them but to indwell them. If we are believers, we are indwell by God’s Spirit. But like my Keurig (except far worse) our lives can become stained and cluttered by the sins of our daily lives. If we do not wait before God in sincere prayer of confession, repentance, cleansing, we become clogged and function at much less than our capacity.
The freedom of the Holy Spirit in our lives when we are cleaned up and fully surrendered is essential for us to operate at maximum capacity. In fact, because the Holy Spirit is a living person, He is grieved by our sins. When we grieve the Spirit, we find ourselves trying to function in our own strength and capacity. It just does not work the way God designed.
But it is amazing, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) Today, will you get with God and wait. Wait in confession. Wait in repentance. Wait in allowing the Spirit of God to again fill you.