During a counseling session, a very religious woman told me she already knew everything we were preaching. Her life was in ruins and the baggage of knowledge she held on to served her no good.
To me, it sounded like the speech of the rich young man.
Do you know what brings the most joy to the Lord Jesus?
He did not celebrate the resurrection of Lazarus or the feast He was served, but He praised Mary’s surrender.
Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. John 12.1-3
To Judas and many others, she poured out something very valuable, but what is more valuable than the Holy Spirit?
She poured out what was, until that moment, very valuable to her, so she could receive the valuable Spirit of the Lord Jesus.
Mary’s life was in that vessel. All of her sins, her pride, her sorrows and all of her past. All of her troubles and her inner problems were in that vessel. Her all was right there. When she anointed the feet of the Lord Jesus, she placed her all before Him.
Nothing brings more joy to the Lord Jesus than when a person surrenders their life on the Altar because then He can pour out the Holy Spirit.
…but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5.18
How do you fill what is already full? To be filled, something or someone has to be empty.
As long as a person is full of himself, of vanity, pride, secular information, internet, video games or social media, he cannot receive the Holy Spirit, because He is not given by measure, there must be a complete surrender, such as what happened with Mary.
So how can you have a new year with a new spirit?
The secret is to be filled with the Holy Spirit.