Emptying Yourself


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It says in Job that when he prayed for his friends, he was healed. I think about that a lot. If you asked me to list five things that have become important to me in this pursuit of God and the things of God, I don’t know what all five of them would even be if I had to just list them. But I know that one is in the top five. There is never a day goes by and seldom an hour goes by that I don’t think about that thought (of Job being healed when he prayed for his friends). You can say it a lot of different ways. You can say that’s how Jesus clearly lived. You can say that’s how Moses lived. You can demonstrate again and again in the scriptures that that’s how people lived and how Jesus inspires people to live. When Job prayed for his friends, his fortunes were restored. His life was blessed. It is just a theme from the beginning of time until today and up until the time we see Jesus face to face. That theme is just woven very tightly through every issue of spiritual life in this unseen universe, that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It is better to pray for others and to care for them than it is for yourself. It’s better to think about how someone else might feel in this situation than it is about how you feel. It’s better to pray for them than it is for yourself. That’s just how Jesus lived. That’s how the Father lived. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. The essence of spiritual life is to empty yourself and make yourself nothing, becoming a slave even to the point of death on a cross. It’s just the essence of life in the unseen realm. I mention that because it was on my mind. The reason it was on my mind when we were praying for others, is because it’s always on my mind. If it weren’t on my mind, I don’t know how much attention God would pay to me. It’s just the substance of the unseen realm, which is totally opposite from the seen realm.

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