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It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

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To “Drain The Swamp” Has Become An Oft Heard Political Figure Of Speech.

The phrase is used to promote the idea that the other government party’s control, partisan thinking, and corruptness needs to be removed from power.

But, that’s not my focus and altogether how I see its meaning.

 

Swamps Are Not Easily Navigated. Most Of Us Do Our Best To Avoid Going There In The First Place.

Merriam Webster Defines A Swamp As:

  1. a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water especially: one dominated by woody vegetation
  2. a tract of swamp
  3. a difficult or troublesome situation or subject

 

When We See A Swamp, What Our Untrained Eye Sees Is:

  • Pollution
  • Scum
  • Stench
  • Brackish water
  • Disease Potential
  • Mosquitos
  • A Home For Snakes, Alligators, And Vermin.

 

One doesn’t have to look far or even leave their home to find the swamp that needs to be drained the most. It needs to be drained every day.

 

The Greek New Testament Word For Drain Or Empty Is Kenosis.

It first came alive to me when I read Philippians 2:6-7.

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

kenoō; from G2756; to empty: — emptied (1), made empty (1), made void (2), make…empty (1).

 

In coming to earth, Jesus did not cease to be God, and He did not become a “lesser god.” Whatever the “emptying” entailed, Jesus remained fully God: “Col. 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

His self-emptying is our example. We too must empty our lives of every hindrance and everything that displeases Him. We are commissioned in God’s Word to drain our swamp. No one can do it for us.

 

Draining Your Swamp, Or Emptying Your Swamp Includes But Is Not Limited To:

Denying Yourself

Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

It’s A Daily Command. Every Day, We Must Say No To Our Flesh, Then Take Up Our Cross And Follow Him.

Heb. 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

It’s Possible To Drown In Your Swamp… Please Drain It!

1 Timothy 6:9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

 

Don’t Drown, Drain.

Drain The Pollution, Scum, Stench, Disease, Vermin, Filth, And The Sin. Drain The Potential Hazards From Your Heart And Life.

 

Are You Bitter?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Love The World?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have A Problem With Standards?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have Problem With Submission And Obedience?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have A Lust Problem?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Do You Have The Desire To Be Unfaithful To Your Spouse?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Is Giving God Your Tenth Too Hard For You?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Is Your Church Attendance Hit And Miss?

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

Don’t tell yourself that you can’t.

Don’t believe the lie that it’s in your DNA.

Don’t tell me, “I can’t change.”

 

Before the Holy Ghost was given, Jesus said to those He healed… “Go thy way and sin no more.”

  • Not sinning is a choice.
  • Chose to drain your swamp.
  • Chose not to sin.
  • Chose to live a life pleasing to God.

 

Now For The Good News!

What you find when you drain your swamp will surprise you!

 

When You Empty Yourself, He Fills The Void With Himself!

You Have Never Lived Until You Are Completely Filled With Holy Ghost Power!

 

Do It Today.

Drain Your Swamp.

 

It’s Time To Drain Your Swamp!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm

5 Responses

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  1. Thank you!

    Anthony B

    August 8, 2020 at 5:06 pm

  2. Thank you sir for these great words.

    Winston 'WC' C Roach

    August 8, 2020 at 7:35 pm

  3. When I got up from the Altar my life was changed for ever !!! God gloriously filled me with The Holy Ghost!!! God truly drained all the old person away!! Thank God for repentance!! I’ve been back to the Altar many times since
    Then but by the grace of God I’ve never been back to sin !!! This is the good life!! My prayer is to
    Endure to the end!!!!

    Barbara Henson

    August 8, 2020 at 10:35 pm

  4. As always Elder, a great message.

    Mark McKinney

    August 9, 2020 at 10:56 am

  5. Bro Ballestero i really enjoy your articles. Im thankful for men you still hold on to those old principals I always loved your father and enjoyed hearing him minister. I have always though a lot of you as well. I hold these truths that you mention in your blogs close to me. Thank you for your investment in the Kingdom and for imparting words of wisdom to me. Lord Bless

    David J. Sccott

    August 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm


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