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Friday, February 11, 2011

Inside - Out 5

Today I'm reading Psalm 42:1-2.
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

More from Larry Crabb, from his book “Soul Talk”.

When we don’t receive what we believe we need, we feel pain – deep, personal, soul-wrenching disappointment. When we do get what we’re after – health, money, golf memberships, great family, applauded ministry – we still feel, in our quietest moments, an agonizing emptiness. Nothing matters more than relieving that pain and filling that emptiness. We are ruled by the consuming passion of self-need. To use Augustine’s phrase, we are completely caved in on ourselves.

A spirit of entitlement develops. We silently communicate to whomever is listening, “Look! I’m miserable, scared, and empty. I need to be loved. I need to feel worthwhile.” But there’s no one we can count on to hear and respond. Only God has the love we need, yet we’ve turned away from him, except to demand convenient instructions and cooperative self-help…We become hopelessly religious.

Without Jesus, that is. There is no sunken treasure…but look deeper. By faith believe what the Bible says. Our rebellion has been forgiven, though our self-need and self-management remain. Beneath all its ugliness, however, is a restored capacity to enjoy God’s love. We now have an appetite for him. We’re now capable of enjoying him as our supreme prize.

Call that renewed capacity soul-thirst.

Do you recognize a thirst for God in your inner self? That's a healthy thing. It keeps you leaning it to him, yearning for him, wanting more of him.


Today's prayer:

Less of ME

more of YOU.

God, less of ME in all the areas of my life......

....less of my whining.

....less of my selfishness.

.....less of my criticizing.

....less of my selfish ambition.


More of Your GRACE.

More of Your LOVE.

MORE of YOU.... my actions. my thoughts. my WORDS.

Lord, I want to shine YOUR Light this year.

I want to radiate YOU....not me.

I want to be "the sweet aroma of Christ."

I want to be filled with ALL the fullness of Christ.

Lord, help me to put aside ME and allow YOU to flow through me.

I love You, Lord.


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