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Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Today, many in America will sit down and feast until their hearts (and bellies) are content. We are a blessed people, and it’s good and right that we are thankful for all of God’s provision. It is good to remember that many around the world will not feast on turkey… there will not be gravy on every table. For untold millions, their bellies will not be satisfied. But amongst those who’s bellies are full, even multitudes of them will not be satisfied—full maybe, but not satisfied.
This sad paradox is the reality of the fallen world that we live in, and it illustrates an important spiritual principle. Real satisfaction does not come from consumption, but from the Lord. 

The prophet Haggai spoke to the nation, because of their neglect of the God:

“You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.” – Haggai 1:6

It is possible to have everything you need to sustain life, but never enough to make you truly satisfied. 

Jesus presents a radically different proposition. He not only offers satisfaction, he delivers it! With Him, spiritual satisfaction is guaranteed. Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” -Matthew 5:6

The Apostle Paul wrote about his own experience with satisfaction… “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” -Philippians 4:11

Whether filled or hungry, Paul knew a contentment that was beyond physical, it was supernatural.

Remember the loaves and the fishes? The multitudes shared very little actual food. Their plates were not “full”, nevertheless, the scripture says: “They all ate and were satisfied” -Mark 6:42 Not only that,… there were 12 baskets of leftovers.

When we have a right relationship with Jesus, He gives to us a satisfaction that is beyond physical provision, beyond a temporary contentment, but a lasting, sustaining provision of Spiritual life. He Himself is the bread of life (John 6:48), and He alone Has the Living Water (John 4:10)

Today, let’s feast! Let’s feast in thankfulness for all of His provision! Let us eat of Him and drink of Him, and be truly satisfied, because with Him, satisfaction is guaranteed! 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Holiday, Meditation

 

An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day} | The Messy Middle

An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day} | The Messy Middle.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Holiday

 

Who Knew? (A Christmas Meditation)

It’s Christmas time, and believers and unbelievers alike are considering the incarnation.
Immanuel -God with us. This is the story that the scriptures tell, -that God became a man.
Never ceasing to be God, yet fully man. Of course, to believe this miracle it takes faith – “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Heb. 11:1
The miraculous, virgin-born, Savior, is to be know to the world based on the testimony of those who have experienced Him, and received by those who would believe.

There is one witness, that is the most compelling, for this witness knew with absolute certainty, the fact of the miraculous virgin birth. Mary knew.
I’ve always loved the line repeated in Luke’s gospel, “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:192:51 – she had so much to ponder, as the angel Gabriel announced to her what would happen… and it did happen. Mary was the only one who really knew. Joseph was told by an angel, the shepherds heard from angels, the magi understood, the disciples would see and believe, but Mary was the recipient of the miracle.

There is not much written about the mother of Jesus, yet she remains a powerful witness nonetheless.
In John 2, at the wedding at Cana, she presses her Son to do something about the wedding that had run out of wine. The exchange is clear, that she knew He could do something about the situation. In verse 5, she says, “”Whatever He says to you, do it” -knowing that if they will obey Him, they will see a miracle.

It’s an interesting parallel that Jesus must necessarily be “born” within each of us, if we are to receive forgiveness and live a God-pleasing life. We receive personal miracles that really, only ourselves are completely sure of. Skeptics look on and conclude that we have laid hold of a philosophy or method that “works for us.” But, we know.

If you are not certain today about the reality of this man Jesus, the Christ, I would say to you… trust Him today. I know. In the same way that Mary knew, in the same way that those who witnessed His resurrection knew, you too can know Him today. If you will only believe.

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. –1 John 5:13

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Holiday, Meditation, Teaching

 

Thanksgiving Is Not American.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night -Psalm 92:1,2

At Thanksgiving time we often quote America’s founding fathers and remember the accounts of the first American Thanksgiving. The truth is, Thanksgiving, like Christmas, and Easter, are wholly Christian holidays. Though there are lots of trappings that obscure the meanings of the holidays, Thanksgiving is clear in its very name.
We give thanks, and to whom we give thanks is clear, -God.
It goes back way before the founding of our nation, and it is not confined to a national identity.

People all over the world, and for all time, give thanks to God, because it’s good to do, and
because He is good.

 
 

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