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Overcoming Emptiness

Emptiness invades our lives and we struggle to find the joy our souls long for.  Why? Because we often have an inverted view of God.  Instead of living the words of John the Baptist, ‘He must Increase, I must decrease‘, we usually get this upside down in our Westernized view of Christianity.  We are fueled by our desires to live the “American Dream”.  We have been cultured to believe that as we increase our view of God increases and if we struggle it must be due to our lack of faith or to God being unable or unwilling to help.   That mindset has infected Christianity and has blurred our view of God.  We begin to believe that we deserve something other than the things that God chooses to bless our lives with (Ephesians 1:3), and when something doesn’t go our way we look up and ask, “Why God?”  We think we deserve our best life now, but we forget that the Bible says we are just passing through, we are strangers in a foreign land;  our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20).  Our satisfaction is not going to be found in the things of this life, regardless of how many we accumulate – instead we will find satisfaction when we look for it in our great God.  In Him is found the life, hope, and happiness that our souls long for.  As we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4)

A good practical exercise to help us think rightly about ourselves and God is to read passages of Scripture that focus on who God is and whose we are, like Psalm 100.  Praise Him continually – for it is He that has made us, we are His people and He is our God.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. As our view of God is corrected and we begin to think rightly about Him, our satisfaction and joy in Him will increase as well.  The reality is, that when our view of God and His place in our life increases, we increase.

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October 19, 2009 - Posted by | discipleship, hope

1 Comment »

  1. Hey Greg

    What a joy to read your comments and know that God has been hunting you down and you are now convinced that He is your greatest treasure.

    Comment by samuel Gill | October 21, 2009 | Reply


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