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Living Fully Satisfied

Author: Bobby Shirley (Page 12 of 25)

Tie or How To Find The Cure for Distractions

O, to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

– Robert Robinson

There are times that it’s easy to drift or not feel as close to God. It’s happened to me. I think it happens to most people if we are being honest.

It’s important to understand that we are one with Christ. Period. This truth is a brain exercise to maintain to keep in the front of your mental activities.

Our “bent” is to wander. We get distracted. It happens. But, no matter the state we find ourselves in the truth remains, that we are filled with Christ.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Colossians 2:9-10

It’s His goodness that keeps us. It’s His goodness that allows us to wander and then gently draws us back. It’s His goodness that tells us that no matter our doubts and fears He is still here. He has chosen to tie Himself to us.

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Double or How To Get More For What You Paid

We have both the joy of Jesus and the joy of the Holy Spirit. Did you get that? We have been given a double anointing for joy!

Kris Vallotton

The Joy of Jesus

Jesus was not a recluse. He performed His first miracle at a wedding when He changed water into wine. He was so full of life that His enemies called Him a wine-bibber and a glutton.

The joy of Jesus is not a joy that comes and goes; it is constant. Jesus says, “that this joy will remain in you.”  We will all have down times, but Bible says in Isaiah 61:3 that God gives us the oil of joy for mourning. That means in the time of sadness, in the time of brokenheartedness, God pours in the oil of His joy.

Now I’m coming to you and I say these things while I’m in the world so that they can share completely in my joy.
John 17:13

The Joy of Holy Spirit

Supreme joy is God’s nature and character! We see proof everywhere in God’s creation—birds singing, animals leaping, flowers blooming, brooks babbling and the sun shining! God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Since God is exceedingly joyful, His servants should also be joyful! Sadly, many who claim to be His disciples are harsh, sour and gloomy. But take note of Luke’s description of true disciples: “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit”

Holy Spirit is a tree of life, producing life-giving fruit. That fruit includes great joy.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.
Galatians 5:22–23

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Game or How To Be A Team Player

For, by the disaster of his charity, God plays out at last the Game that began with the dawn of history. In the Garden of Eden – in the paradise of pleasure – where God laid out his court and first served the hint of meaning to humankind – Adam strove with God over the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But God does not accept thrown-down racquets. He refuses, at any cost, to take seriously, our declination of the game; if Adam will not have God’s rules, God will play by Adam’s. In another and darker garden he accepts the tree of our choosing, and with nails through his hands and feet he volleys back meaning for unmeaning. As the darkness descends, at the last foul drive of a desperate day, he turns to the thief on the right and brings off the dazzling backhand return that fetches history home in triumph: Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

God has Gardens to give away! He has cities to spare! He has history he hasn’t even used! The last of all the mercies is that God is lighter than we are, that in the heart of the Passion lies the divine mirth, and that even in the cities of our exile he still calls to Adam only to catch the Glory, to offer the world, and return the service that shapes the City of God.

Robert F. Capon, The Romance of the Word: One Man’s Love Affair With Theology 

Presented without comment.

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Quest or How To Get What You Really Want

John 6:35 points to the fact that believing in Jesus is a feeding and drinking from all that Jesus is. It goes so far as to say that our soul-thirst is satisfied with Jesus, so that we don’t thirst anymore.

He is the end of our quest for satisfaction.

John Piper

Only if you’ve realized the satisfaction that comes from Jesus.
Only if you’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is indeed good.
Only once you’re sure that there is no life outside of Christ.
Only once you have exhausted all other searches and rest in Jesus.

Stop searching for something outside of Him.
Start feasting on the table prepared for you in Christ.

Stop drinking from broken cisterns (systems).
Start drinking from the ever-flowing love of Jesus.

Stop looking to something lesser to fill the void that is set aside for God.
Start realizing your perfection through Jesus.

Stop expecting someone other than Jesus to satisfy you.
Start resting in the finished work of Christ.

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Bond or How To Be the Big Man

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Last week, we welcomed our fourth child into the world! I’ve been doing some thinking for a while but with his birth it was brought back to my mind.

Why are humans born helpless?

Most every animal is born with the ability to walk, fly, or swim soon after their birth. But humans, are dependent on their parents for months even years.

I think the reason for this is because God wanted us to get a glimpse of how He sees our relationship. We are meant to bond with our greater counterpart.

At our creation, we are full of limitless potential and divine inspiration, but desperately dependent on His love, grace, and attention.

If we are to be like Him, and we are, we should seek to help the weak, love the incapable, and look to the undeserving.

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Laughter or How To Not Kill Promise

God provided another sacrifice so that Abraham would not have to kill his laughter/joy.

Seth Dahl

Abraham is the father of the faith. He’s the pioneer. He’s the initial recipient of a promise.

His wife laughed when she heard that she would have a baby. His name means laughter. His son, Isaac, was the promise.

Then, it seems that God the Promise Giver changes his mind and asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Did He ask Abraham to sacrifice his laughter/joy? It looks that way. One thing we, myself included, need to understand about God is that He asks things that don’t always make sense to us at the moment.

Reflect

It’s easy for us to look back at this story and marvel at how cruel God was to ask for the sacrifice of a promise. But in the culture of Abraham’s day, that would not be what they would have taken as the special part of the story. In his day, the gods were always asking for something to be sacrificed so that they would be appeased. They “give” you something. They ask for it back. It was normal. They gods were crazy.

Abraham, who previously worshipped the moon, would not have thought this behavior to be out of the norm. It’s not outlandish to think that Abraham was at least familiar with sacrifice, if not human sacrifice. When God commanded him to do this, Abraham did not question how this was to be done.

The part of the story that the world of the day would’ve marvelled at would be that this God stopped the sacrifice and provided a substitute! Yes, He asked for the sacrifice but He provides the sacrifice!

Killjoy

Lots of people think that God is a killjoy, God is trying to limit your fun, or God wants your life to be boring. In fact, the opposite is true. God is about enhancing your joy! God is trying to show you the way of ultimate fun! God wants your life to look like the polar opposite of boring!

God has set up his kingdom so that one-third of it is joy!

God didn’t want Abraham to kill his laughter/joy because joy is strength! Now, we must be constantly listening to Spirit so that we don’t accidentally kill our joy. Had Abraham not heard the angel of the Lord he would’ve killed his joy and promise in one strike of the knife.

Constant listening obedience is what keeps us in the will of God.

So, go ahead and laugh a little. Laughter is your medicine. Joy is your strength. Life is your inheritance.

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Belief or How To Live the Life of Your Dreams

We are saved when we believe in Jesus. But we are changed when we realize He believes in us.
Kris Vallotton

Thank God for his saving power.
Thank Jesus for his saving work.
Thank Spirit for his saving draw.

What would we have done if not for this amazing grace?

If all we do in this life if recognize the salvation that Christ has appropriated for us, we are lucky. But if we realize that not only does Christ save us, but he also offers empowerment by his belief in us. Now, the fair question is, “How does Jesus believe in me?” The answer comes from Jesus himself. His belief in us comes from his parables and his commands. You could say he has faith in us.

Jesus began to show that he believed in us by telling us stories. He told three that I want to mention.

One about a lost sheep.
One about a lost coin.
One about a lost son.

He told them in one sitting. He told them to the Pharisees. He told them in front of people who had less than reputable status.

These stories were very relatable.

Sheep

Shepherding was a very common practice in Israel at the time. So, the people listening could’ve put themselves into the story and imagined losing a sheep.

Money

Everyone wants money. Everyone who has money typically wants more. No one wants to lose money.

Children

Children were viewed as a blessing from the Lord in that day. Sons were viewed as a special blessing. The thought of a son asking for his inheritance, same as wishing his father was dead,  and leaving was unimaginable.

Now, all three of these stories are relating to Christ coming to save humanity. But Christ isn’t talking just about a whole, he’s talking about individuals. He’s talking about you.

To believe in something is to put trust in or put weight on it.

Go

The last place I see where Jesus believes in us is his command to go. He tells his disciples that because all authority has been given to him, they are to go tell everyone! He sent them expecting they could fulfill the mission. He has given us the same mission. He believes in you, and he trusts you to do what he said. He doesn’t expect you do accomplish his command all on your own. That should be a relief. He’s sent Spirit to lead us. Also, he’s filled us with the fullness of himself. Our ability to accomplish what he’s asked is not dependent on us.

It’s all Him!
It’s all with His power!
It’s all with Him!

He wouldn’t command us to do something if he didn’t believe we could do it! He wants us to do it!

Rest in this fact: He believes in you!

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Being or How To Make Love Move

For many years I told people that God loved them. Now instead, I love them. This is being Jesus.
Jim Palmer

Loving people is the key to showing people the nature of God. Not loving with motive, just loving. Jesus isn’t asking us to do something that He didn’t do. His love was attractive. His love was confusing. His love was real. His love was tangible. His love was pervasive. His love was communal. His love was personal.

Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.

John 13:35 Voice

His command for us to love one another comes from His love. The ability to complete His command is empowered by His love.

“Being Jesus” to people around us looks like love in action. In the end, love with movement is all that matters. Love doesn’t have to be forced. We must let our compulsion simply be Spirit within us longing to reach everyone.

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Together or How to Get With the Popular Crowd

You dissolved all definition of division
Rendered useless, the system of the Law
You removed hostility by crucifixion
You redeemed our separation from the fall

You brought us in

We are…
Fully represented
Fully reconciled
We are beautifully included
In You

Tim Wright, Beautifully Included

I love these song lyrics.

These lyrics are the poetic interpretation of what Paul tells us in Ephesians 2. No longer just a corpse, but a person. No longer an outcast, but an insider. No longer a slave, but a prince!

2:5 This is how grace rescued us: sin left us dead towards God, like spiritual corpses; yet in that state of deadness and indifference, God co-quickened us together with Christ. Sin proved how dead we were (the law confirmed it!) Grace reveals how alive we now are (the gospel announces it!) Before anyone but God believed it, he made us alive together with him and raised us up together with him. (We had no contribution to our salvation! God’s master-plan unfolded in the mystery of the gospel declaring our joint inclusion in Christ’s death and resurrection; God found us in Christ before he lost us in Adam! [Eph 1:4] In the economy of God, when Jesus died we died. God saw us in Christ, in his death and resurrection before we saw ourselves there! He declared our co-resurrection with Christ 800 BC [Hos 6:2]!)

2:6  (As much as we were co-included in his death,) we are co-included in his resurrection. We are also elevated in his ascension to be equally present in the throne room of the heavenly realm where we are co-seated with him in his executive authority. We are fully represented in Christ Jesus. (Our joint position in Christ defines us; this can never again be a distant goal to reach through religious devotion or striving, but our immediate reference. Col 3:1-3)

Ephesians 2:5-6 Mirror

We no longer have to feel separated and segregated. We are fully known and completely included.

Christ chose us to included in His life! What an amazing revelation! How sweet of Jesus to allow former dead men and women to be welcomed into His life and His life is abundant. Let’s start today to live from this truth.

When Jesus died, I died. When Jesus was resurrected, I was resurrected. When Jesus ascended to His seat beside God, I did too. I am forever together with Jesus.

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Much or How To Offer Something People Really Want

What does the church have for every man, woman, and child other than Christ and his work on their behalf?

Not much.

Rod Rosenbladt

The only thing that the church has to offer the world is Christ. The best thing that the church can offer the world is Christ.
Not lights.
Not music.
Not services.
Not sermons.
Not leadership.
Not activities.
Not fellowship.

Simply Christ.

The best way for us to reach the world is to know nothing of them except Christ. He has to be the aroma we wear. He has to be the smile we show. He has to be the laughter we set free.

You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 Message

Paul, who is the architect of our faith, chose to know nothing and to preach nothing but Christ. The simplicity of Christ was his only message that he gave to the church in its infancy. The pure milk of the gospel of Christ is the nourishment that we crave. The meat of the death and resurrection of Christ is the sustenance that compels us to tell others.

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