Posts Tagged ‘life with jesus’

How have you enjoyed your pacifiers? Were any of you challenged to give up a “pacifier”? Let’s look back at a scripture.

Acts 17:24-25

24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

Why do you think a lot of us today live like we don’t believe that verse…“he satisfies every need”? Because we do not trust God.

Why don’t we trust God? Because we only have a shallow relationship with Him.

Some of us here tonight have stopped short of everything God has to offer us because we are happy with the “pacifier” of “salvation”. In other words, we are content to stay right where we are in life; just because we walked an aisle once, admitted that we needed Jesus Christ “IN” (but NOT LORD OVER) our life…and we committed (promised) to live our life for Jesus Christ. How may of you have an experience something like that?

Salvation is great! Knowing that you are going to spend forever in Heaven with God after you die is a great thing. Missing out on spending eternity in Hell…“priceless…

But if you stop at just knowing you’re going to Heaven, your life can end up like you’re living in Hell on Earth. If you or I stop at “just salvation”, and begin to believe “that’s all there is” to being a Christian”…we will be missing out on a lot of God’s promises for life here..right now.Some of you just heard; “yeah…but that’s not for me…”, or “no…I’ll just keep my current “pluggerdoodle”, that’s enough for me.

There was a couple about to be engaged, named Matt and Crystal. Matt wanted to come up with a really creative way to propose to Crystal. So he came up with a treasure map. When it came time to set his plan in motion, Matt had Crystal come to a certain location. When she got there, she found a clue. This clue was actually just a part of a series of clues Matt had set up for her follow. Like a step-by-step treasure map, each clue led her to a place that had been significant in their relationship. It didn’t take Crystal long to figure out what treasure was waiting for her at the end of the map! Of course, when she reached the last stop, there stood Matt, anxiously waiting for her to arrive. When she arrived, Matt dropped to one knee, asked Crystal to be his wife, and sealed the commitment by placing a beautiful ring on her finger. (The Great Divide-Guzzardo)

What does this sound like? Our relationship with God?

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (NLT)

Delight-a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; something that gives great pleasure. Antonym-disappointment.

Psalm 37:4 Do what the Lord wants, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

If Crystal would have stopped along the way because she enjoyed the moment and wanted to remember that part of their relationship, completely content to stay there…would she have the experience of the complete treasure…the total package? NO! But, she could have some good memories of their relationship up to that point…sacrificing the great memories of a life together with the man she loved!

We will often read (or hear about) one of God’s promises in the Bible and think that it should apply to us—even though we aren’t doing much (if anything) that God has told us.

How many of you have more than one Bible, including your app if you have a smartphone?

How many of you read it more than once a day? 

Only once a day? Once a week? Hardly ever? God’s word is not just a love letter to His family (us)! It’s a treasure map GIVEN to us BY GOD so that we can experience the most awesome life possible. And we choose NOT to even pick it up or open the app more often than we choose we open it!

We compare ourselves with other people and wonder why we don’t experience great things in life…some of which are God’s treasures, but we have NEVER taken the time to follow His map!

 Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (NLT)

How does this look…in your life? To delight means you spend time with Him, make Him a priority, pursue Him value His direction!

Another scripture that goes along with this one… 

Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Does this look more like a treasure map? Are you seeking Him first? Or the next “thing”?

Jesus is talking here in Matthew about how you and I will run around, acting crazy pursuing clothes, things, relationships… instead of just STOPPINGPRAYING…and ASKING God if this “thing” is even something He wants us to have. If it is….then we need to ask HIM what HIS plan is to obtain it!  And if it’s NOT HIS PLAN…now or maybe even ever…we have the opportunity to realize…

Psalm 84:11 The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

From who…? FROM THOSE WHO DO WHAT IS RIGHT?

So…are there things right now in your life that feel is being “withheld from you”? 

Are you doing what is right? Easy question. Easy answer!

ALL of God’s promises are meant to be fulfilled. ALL OF THEM! BUT…we will not experience them unless we are willing to do what He says. We will demand God’s blessings without doing what Jesus tells us to! 

Mike Guzzardo-The Great Divide asks it this way. 

“Would we expect to experience a mountaintop view if we weren’t willing to climb the mountain?

Are we going to experience the rush of a live concert if we aren’t willing to purchase a ticket? Would we expect to enjoy the warmth of a hot shower if we weren’t willing to turn on the water? Like every other area of life, our experience of God requires certain things of us.”

Even John 3:16 backs this up. 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB)

 John 10:1-10 (MSG)

1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.” 6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

So…don’t be afraid to see what pacifier you’re holding on to. If it’s not Jesus and EVERYTHING He is…flush it! Really…get rid of it!