Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Designed to Know God
I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 1:14 NLT)
It isn’t that unusual anymore to hear about another rock star who overdosed or another Hollywood celebrity who has checked into a drug rehab unit—or, tragically, has committed suicide.
It’s hard for us to understand how people living in a Tinseltown world could be miserable. But they have the same problems we have. The difference is they have a lot of the things that we dream of, yet they see the emptiness and futility of it all.
Solomon saw this as well. He wrote, “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new” (Ecclesiastes 1:8-9 NLT).
It’s the conclusion that everyone will come to eventually. Of course, we can discover it the hard way, or we can discover it the easy way. We can take God’s word for it, or we can foolishly chase after all the things that, in the end, will leave us empty.
And some people who go down that road will lose their lives in the process.
You don’t have to find out the hard way. You can come to God, and He will fill the void in your life. We all were born with an emptiness inside. No earthly relationship will fill it. No amount of sex or possessions will fill it. Nor will knowledge or morality or even good, clean living.
We were designed to know God. And until you come into a relationship with Him, you will keep coming up empty, time and again, just as Solomon did.
When you turn to God in faith and let Him forgive your sins, He will fill the void in your life—a void that only He can fill.
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We were designed to know God. And until you come into a relationship with Him, you will keep coming up empty, time and again.
We bring Him our troubles, our problems, and our anxieties. This is God’s antidote to worry.
We live in a time when people celebrate and flaunt ungodly lifestyles. And like Asaph, we wonder how long they’re going to get away with it.
If you’ve been a godly mother and have done your part to raise your children in the way of the Lord, we thank you and honor you.
If we are really disciples of Jesus, then we will have spiritual fruit, or evidence, in our lives.
We must forgive because we have been forgiven. And God will bless us for obeying Him.
You thought, “What is going on? Have I done something to deserve all of this?” No, it’s called spiritual warfare.
That is the best place to be—in complete dependence on God.
Though Jesus mentioned many times that He would rise from the dead, it never seemed to penetrate the minds and hearts of His disciples.
The justice of God requires obedience and sacrifice. He could not accept us into fellowship with Himself unless we paid the penalty—or someone paid it on our behalf.
God doesn’t love us because we are lovable. Rather, God loves us because we are in Christ. We have been made “accepted in the Beloved.”
If we can’t find it in the Bible, then we don’t need it from someone else. The Bible is the arbiter of truth.
Whatever you have given up to follow Jesus will be more than made up to you in this life and in the life to come.
To have a personal revival, you need to go back to the basics in your walk with Christ.
Revival starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with us as the church. And it begins right where we are.
We, too, need to focus on what we’re supposed to be doing while we await Christ’s return.
Because God loves us, He will discipline us when we go astray. God’s discipline is preparation for a future task.
We need a revival. We need an awakening.
We stumble and fall, we get up, and then we stumble and fall again. It is all part of growing spiritually.
If Jesus really is the Lord of our lives, then we will follow Him. There is no if, and, or but about it.
The best life to live is the Christian life. To live it the most effectively, we must take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ.
There will be times in our lives as Christians when we collapse and fall. And when that happens, all we can do is get up again.
When we see who Jesus is, we see what the world is. But if we are only looking at this world and not spending enough time with the Lord, we have a diminished view of God and an exalted view of this world.
This is a long-distance run, and the key to finishing this race is to keep our eyes on Jesus. If we do that, we’ll make it. We’re not competing against each other in this race.
The real message of Christmas is not presents; it’s Jesus’s presence. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us.
We have a God who knows what it’s like to walk in our shoes. He knows what we’re going through.
If the Bible tells us to stay away from a certain thing, even if we don’t think it’s significant, then we obey, because God is looking out for us.
We are not going to know the will of God in every situation. In those times when we don’t know the will of God, will we let Him choose for us?
Maybe you’re having a hard time right now. Maybe you’re having health, financial, or family problems. I don’t want to suggest, in any way, that these things aren’t difficult, because they are. Yet we still should give thanks.
Rejoice over being disciplined and feeling a deep guilt? Absolutely. These are reminders that you are indeed a child of God.
You may be surprised to know that demons and the Devil himself are neither atheists nor agnostic. You could even say that, in a very limited sense, they are quite orthodox in their betliefs.
If you’re poor in spirit, if you’ve mourned over your condition and know what it is to be meek, if you hunger and thirst for God, then you will be merciful.
Jesus said that we’d be comforted. When we go to God and say that we’re sorry for our sin, He extends His forgiveness to us.
Whenever we end up in sin, it’s always the cumulative product of small indulgences and minuscule compromises without discernible, immediate consequences at the time.
Saul was the name of Israel’s first king. It was a respected and powerful name. But, as a Christian, he took the name Paul, which means “little.”
Our job is to proclaim the gospel and sow the seeds. It’s the Holy Spirit who determines where the seeds end up and what happens in people’s lives.
Jesus’s battle plan is the same one that we should follow today. That means starting with your spouse if you’re married, and with your parents, grandparents, children, and extended family. That is your Jerusalem.
The apostles weren’t perfect people. They made mistakes. They had disagreements, problems, and challenges. Despite that, they made an impact on the world.
When you’re young, you may want to spend time only with young people. But I encourage you to find some older, godly people you can learn from.
Marriage is challenging enough. Don’t make it even more challenging by marrying a nonbeliever.
No matter how bad our upbringing was or what we have gone through, God can take our setbacks and turn them into setups. He can effectively turn our pain into gain. He can turn our tests into testimony.
But what about those times when you encounter a verse in the Bible that you don’t agree with? In such cases, you have to change your opinion.
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