I hope you all had a great Thursday. On Wednesday I asked you all to come back and check my blog on Thursday, but I had totally forgotten that I was taking my daughter for a college visit at Indiana University and would not be posting. Please forgive my oversight.
Well, even though it is Friday, I am reading to jump back in with our series on satisfaction. For your reference, I once again have included our “go-to” scripture and the questions that we are addressing in this series.
Isaiah 55:1-3 (NLT): “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! 2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. 3 “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”
1. Are you thirsty?
2. Are you relying on your own resources and abilities?
3. Are you wasting your time and resources on people and things?
4. Are you truly listening to God?
5. Do you have a relationship with God?
On Wednesday we discussed how the first requirement to true Godly satisfaction is to be thirsty for Him because our thirst propels our need and want to spend time with Him and getting to know Him. Today, we are moving on to question number two.
2. Are you relying on your own resources and abilities (Come and drink-even if you have no money! Come take your choice of wine or milk-it is all free!)
In order to become truly satisfied in God, you not only need to need Him, desire Him, or long for Him (thirst for Him), but you must come to a point where you know that you cannot satisfy yourself. After all, we only get our salvation when we admit we are sinners and need Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is a free gift from God upon the condition we realize we don’t deserve it and we didn’t earn it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV): For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Romans 11:6 (NIV): 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
Titus 3:5 (NKJ): Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…
No matter how hard we try, our works will never earn our salvation, just as our own works will never bring true satisfaction.
Mark 10:23-31 (NLT): 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard[f] to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News,30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.[g]”
Why is it so hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Well, often times, the more resources we have on our own, the harder it is for us to see the need for God. We tend to turn to God in times of crisis or need, but often neglect him during the good times. [I caution us all to remember the story of the Jews in Haggai we talked about Wednesday and how God likes to remind us our need for Him and we won’t usually like how he does it.] Furthermore, when we have the resources we need we come to rely on those human resources daily (such as money, food, water, etc) that we fail to come to Christ for our daily bread. God is a jealous god; he won’t share you with anyone or anything. It is best we remember so.
If we get busy trying to satisfy ourselves we start to rely solely on ourselves and our own resources. We begin to treat God as an after thought or our escape clause (sort of like our very own loop-hole). No amount of money alone will make us happy because true happiness, joy, and satisfaction comes from God and walking in His will.
Have a blessed weekend and I ‘ll see you next week!