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Viewing God In Light Of Our Ambitions, Desires, and Pleasures

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"If you find honey, eat just enough, too much of it, and you will vomit."  -  Proverbs 25:16

It’s important to remember that we can always turn to God during times of discouragement and difficulty. One of the reasons why I praise God is because He is ALWAYS my source of strength and sufficiency when I am feeling weak. However, this short article is not focused on encouraging those going through tough times. If you’re reading this, I ask that you join me in viewing God, not in light of our hardships, but in light of our pleasures. The first thing I want to make sure I mention about this subject is that God is on the same team as our pleasures. He has created us to enjoy the pleasures of this world. Yet, I think everyone can agree that our pursuit after pleasure can go too far or lead us to simply having a distorted view of pleasure. Ultimately, our pleasures are the cause of our rebellion against God. I love how Proverbs 25:16 says it… “If you find honey, eat just enough -- too much of it, and you will vomit.” That proverb has helped me keep my life in check. For example, although we can enjoy all that water has to offer us, we also know that it is a substance that we can drown in. Fire is another substance that we use to stay warm or cook with, but if we get too close it will burn us. Same thing can be said of any pleasure of this world. That’s why I’ve learned never to simply dive into any pursuit of pleasure without filtering it first through God’s word. Most importantly, I make sure to never replace the Creator with His created pleasures. Even the good and godly pleasures will lead me toward meaninglessness and destruction if they become our highest priorities. We must never forget that pleasure as an end will always leave us wanting more. God as an end, however, will lead us to satisfaction in pleasure. I promise that if you consider and apply that, it will enhance the way you enjoy the pleasures of this world and you will honor God in the process. Ultimately, God Himself is the source of all satisfaction and pleasure.

 

 

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Too Busy To Walk With God

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Too Busy To Walk With God?

You *do* know what God is after in your own life, don’t you? Maybe that’s why we stay so busy—to avoid knowing, so we can avoid dealing with it.

And you do know that the “quick fix” doesn’t ever work. Simply telling myself, “You are too busy, John. You’ve got to slow down,” is about as effective as telling an addict to quit. (Has it worked for you?)

There are forces driving the way I live, reasons and compulsions written deep in my soul. I know where my pushing and striving come from. They come from unbelief, from some deep fear that it’s all up to me. Life is up to me. I’ve got to make as much headway as I can before the bottom drops out. Make hay while the sun shines ’cause it isn’t always going to shine and what’s that underlying dread? God is not just after behavior modification (as in, stop it), but real and deep and lasting change.

And that brings me to another assumption that we must hold if we would walk with God—true holiness requires the healing of our souls.

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. (Ephesians 1:3–4 msg)

Whole and holy. The two go hand in hand. Oh, how important this is. You can’t find the holiness you want without deep wholeness. And you can’t find the wholeness you want without deep holiness. You can’t simply tell the meth addict to quit. She does need to quit, but she requires profound healing to be able to quit. You can’t just tell a raging man to stop losing his temper. He would love to stop. He’d give anything to stop. He doesn’t know how. He doesn’t know all the forces within him that swell up and overwhelm him with anger. Telling him to stop raging is like telling him to hold back the sea.

For too long there have been two camps in Christendom. One is the holiness, or “righteousness,” crowd. They are the folks holding up the standard, preaching a message of moral purity. The results have been . . . mixed. Some morality, and a great deal of guilt and shame. Very little lasting change comes from this approach. Hey, I’m all for purity. It’s just that you can’t get there without the healing of your soul.

God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

John Eldredge- Walking with God

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