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I need Thee.

I want my whole life to prove that He is good. I want my struggles to show that I need God.

You know, this world is SO full of things, stuff, distractions, etc. They are constantly thrown into our faces, right in front of us, nonstop. We are repeatedly made to believe and feel that what we have isn’t enough, that suffering shouldn’t happen, that more “things” and “stuff” can make us feel better, that we are “enough” if we _______, that we can fix our own lives and we will be happy when ______. You fill in the blanks. We’ve all felt these things. We’ve all taken part in these feelings and beliefs.

In Philippians, Paul says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” I just love that. In plenty and in need, do we feel content? In suffering and in rejoicing, do we feel content? In sickness and in health, do we feel content? In major life trials, and in great successes, do we feel content? In all honesty, I definitely do not always feel content. I don’t always choose joy.

But when I sit back and think and pray, I can’t help but be on my knees in thankfulness and contentment. I have breath in my lungs today because of Jesus. Nothing of ME or nothing INSIDE of me is from me, or upheld by me, or created by me. Yet we are tempted daily to believe fully in ourselves, and to just keep ourselves happy. We are told to seek whatever makes us “happy”, and to remember that “we are enough.” It’s such garbage. Like, bro, I am not enough and I never will be enough! I cannot save myself or give myself life, and I sure cannot “be enough” to stay satisfied. I don’t deserve anything I have, and all I am is because of Jesus.

We live as though we don’t need Jesus, when in reality, we literally wouldn’t BE HERE without Him. We forget about our Creator, and look to zillions of other things to bring us the satisfaction we eagerly look for and desire. But guess what? It does, and ALWAYS WILL fall short.

Yep. Every single thing. And person.

When we put our hope and trust in the world and the things of the world, troubles will come, and our world will be shaken. It ain’t solid ground. It’s weak, wavering, sandy ground. Jesus says trials WILL come. Like, not IF struggles happen, but WHEN they happen. We can actually live in expectancy of hard days and times of need and discontentment, but we can also live knowing we have a Savior who is there through it all. A Savior who has already conquered it all, a Savior who also lived and walked on this crazy earth, and experienced all we will and have experienced.

When we spend our days living for the things of the world, we are playing small. We are wasting our days, and we are not going to be prepared when life gets hard. We can have it “all”, but actually have NOTHING.

When we forget the world and its temptations, our ground can be shaken and WE WILL BE SOLID. Built on HIM, our firm foundation. I will never be enough without Him, and I am nothing without Him.

As Jimmy and I walked and talked this morning, I had these thoughts. What if, tomorrow, we were given a diagnosis, or our kids got extremely sick, or a family member was given bad news, or we lost our house, or whatever it may be…..How would we survive something so hard, right? Would our job, our money, our home, our car, our “stuff” that we’ve accumulated for satisfaction - would those things help us through these devastating times? NOPE.

What are we living for?

The reality is, we actually don’t know what this life will bring us, so we SHOULD be living as if this is our fading and temporary home.

How in the world can we get through times as hard as this life may bring? JESUS.

How can we live UNWAVERING and unshaken by the trials of life? JESUS.

How can we have nothing and still be content? JESUS.

How can we die to ourselves and sacrifice for others? JESUS.

How can we live knowing this earth is fading and temporary, and it won’t satisfy? JESUS.

The good news is, Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us. Everything else in this world has an ending, everything else is EMPTY. We are called to die to ourselves every day, not to continue living for what makes us happy.

If we looked at our lives at this second - would we continue living the way we are if we got such bad news, or would we immediately change how we live and who we live for?? It’s a really good way to analyze where we’re putting our time, efforts, love, passions, desires, ambitions.

He’s calling us to an abundant life, but we miss it by living for so many other things.

Are we living with urgency? Or are we looking for happiness and comfort and peace in things that will fail and end. Are we living loosely, holding onto nothing but Christ and bringing Him glory through our lives?

If Jesus isn’t in it, I DON’T WANT IT. Take this world but give me Jesus.

How do we fight our "battles"? We need the full armor of God, because our weak bodies, hearts, and minds cannot handle this life without Him.

“Lord I come, I confess

Bowing here, I find my rest

Without You, I fall apart

You're the one that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour, I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You.”

“I don't wanna live in the shallows

I was made to search the deep

If You're not in it, I don't want it

I want all of You, take all of me

I wanna know You

Really know You

I wanna know You Lord

I wanna know You

Long to show You

Nothing matters more

Lead me Lord and I will follow

Bind my wandering heart to Thee

There's no life without You in it

I want all of You, take all of me

I want all of You, take all of me

Nothing matters more

Anything else is empty

And everything else has an ending

Nobody else

Nobody else satisfies.”


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