Dear friends, When we find ourselves seeking something to satisfy our hearts, something to take away the ache, or the fear or the restlessness, we often go to what has temporarily worked before: food, Facebook, shopping, controlling, cleaning, hording, or other escapes less “acceptable” in the Christian community. The result is regret and shame and often, returning to the same false comfort. This morning as I read the quote below, I was encouraged and wanted to encourage you as well. You see, we are led to the false comfort by the Enemy of our souls…and once there, we are shamed and condemned by this one who is intent to “kill, steal, and destroy” us.
Jesus is not like that.
He created our hearts to live in delight and the exhale of wonder, not just surviving. We sometimes risk to believe it can “be more than this” and go about wandering. Sadly, we are told to put these desires down, to “stomp on them”, and are given nothing with which to replace the.
Jesus said “All you who are weary and heavy-laden, come to Me, and I will give you rest for your souls”. Matthew11:28
Here’s what David says about the Lord: ” You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is FULLNESS of JOY”; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore “.
“Forevermore” is not later on in heaven, forevermore starts now. We are not relegated to “survive” now and have joy later…
I pray that the Spirit of God will open our hearts and souls to risk seeking Him, and that you and I will smile and sigh and even cry with the delight of being with our Lord today.
Please take time to read the quote below. With great affection and expectation, Beverly
John Flavel (English Puritan – 1630-1691), was one of the main influences in Charles Spurgeon’s spiritual formation in the gospel. This quote will let you know why.
“Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer’s soul and they promote sanctification. We were not meant to live without spiritual exhilaration, and the Christian who goes for a long time without the experience of heart-warming will soon find himself tempted to have his emotions satisfied from earthly things and not, as he ought, from the Spirit of God. The soul is so constituted that it craves fulfillment from things outside itself and will embrace earthly joys for satisfaction when it cannot reach spiritual ones. The believer is in spiritual danger if he allows himself to go for any length of time without tasting the love of Christ and savoring the felt comforts of a Savior’s presence. When Christ ceases to fill the heart with satisfaction, our souls will go in silent search of other lovers. By the enjoyment of the love of Christ in the heart of a believer, we mean an experience of the “love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us” (Rom. 5:5). Because the Lord has made himself accessible to us in the means of grace, it is our duty and privilege to seek this experience from Him in these means till we are made the joyful partakers of it.”