A Cup Running Over

Learning to preach from the overflow of your deeply satisfying relationship with the Savior

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In my early days of ministry I spent huge amounts of time absorbed in Scripture and great spiritual writers. The Lord made it possible for me to spend whole days—without any issue of preparing for something or taking an examination—soaking up the Scripture. I literally wore out the books of great spiritual writers. This focus was foundational to my spiritual journey, to finding satisfaction in Christ.

There is no substitute for simple satisfaction in the Word of God, in the presence of God. That affects all your actions.

Characteristics of dissatisfaction

Preachers who are not finding satisfaction in Christ are likely to demonstrate that with overexertion and overpreparation for speaking, and with no peace about what they do after they do it. If we have not come to the place of resting in God, we will go back and think, Oh, if I'd done this, or Oh, I didn't do that.

When you come to the place where you are drinking deeply from God and trusting him to act ...

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Elmer Dueck

April 08, 2015  6:32pm

I couldn't agree more! Once again a reminder that we can't give what people really need when we have not experienced it/Him! This has been great encouragement and reinforcement for me. Thanks so much, pastor Willard!

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September 17, 2012  9:51pm

An incredibly insightful and informative article. Broken with emotion and comfort, I read carefully the heart of a man that's found the key to "his yoke is easy and his burden is light". Your passion for encouraging, not just those seeking that enhanced realm, but those presently experiencing it and needing affirmation as to its effectiveness; you richly provided that element. I thank God first for your obedience, and secondly, for the class in which it was rendered. I'm sure we, at Impact Ministries, will make this a necessary reading for all our Word ministers. It entails the essence of what true ministry should look like; a minister spiritually filled and pouring out of his belly the Grace of this transformative Gospel. This article was forwarded to me from a fellow minister, who also senses the divine expressiveness of the overflow of which you've alluded. Normally, I've been skeptical of larger volume media due to subject generalities; I'll be more open to material such as this!

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Barton McElroy

March 12, 2012  10:45am

Excellent! It is time that preaching be from the life of the preacher as centered in the Word of God.

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February 12, 2012  7:20pm

Thanks for sharing this truth that God has led you to write. I agree with you one hundred percent! It is the only way, for results that show, and for the group or congregation to receive from the Lord. Pastor, I give God praise for you.

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January 31, 2012  5:36pm

It sound that it comes from a deep well of satisfaction in the Lord - thank Dr. Willard for such wisdom filled words. It encouraged me.

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