Sometimes I find myself looking to the the things of this world to fill me up…

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:8-10
Sometimes I find myself looking to the the things of this world to fill me up. And then, I quickly realize that nothing really does it for me…nothing this world has to offer will ever satisfy me. Sure, things might be fun or enjoyable…maybe even somewhat fufilling, maybe…but there’s still emptiness…there’s still a hunger and a thirst for something more. …Something more than getting the best and latest gadgets, more than having a collection of stuff to take up space, more than making money or getting a paycheck, more than boyfriends or girlfriends, more than fitting in more than day in and day out routine,…the list can go on and on…but all of these things have something in common…they are temporary.
 These things aren’t neccesarily bad…don’t get me wrong, technology is cool and fun, maybe even helpful…and it’s nice to have some luxuries and nice stuff…and money can be a blessing; I mean we sort of need it…and having boyfriends and girlfriends are nice and great things can come from them (but that in itself can be a whole different discussion)…having friends, sure that’s great…and routine is a pretty good thing, I suppose to an extent…but if we look to all of these things to fill us up and satisfy us, we are going to end up feeling empty, frustrated, and unfufilled. …It happens to all of us everyday…We walk away and we aren’t satisfied. …And that’s because you and I were made for more…for a greater purpose! This world isn’t supposed to satisfy us, because we weren’t made for worldy things and for wordly purposes! Everything in this world will fade away…you can’t depend on money or stuff…it can all be taken from you and destroyed in a second…and if you put your hope in other people, no matter what their intentions are, they are not perfect and they will fail to fill you up, and you will be dissapointed.
You guys, put your hope in something that will last…something that will satisfy you…something that will never fail……we exhuast ourselves looking for things to fill us up…and we miss what has been there tugging at our hearts all along…Jesus.
Nothing outside of CHRIST will ever bring you true satisfaction and fullness of joy and life…NOTHING. And I am figuring this out more and more…Only in the Lord, will we truly find purpose and satisfaction. Seek Him with your whole heart, and He will introduce you to more than you could ever imagine…a whole new purpose, a whole new outlook…no longer about ourselves, but about His greater purpose! The world is full of empty promises, but the Lord will never fail to keep all of the promises He has made. You can go to Him, over and over and He will renew your strength and give you a joy and a hope and a peace like you’ve never had before! …Those who see the Lord lack no good thing…
Lord, give me a hunger and thirst for you and for your word. Let the things of this world be completely unatractive to me…fill me with yourself and work in me, doing whatever you have to in order to make me a better servant for you. Lord, my fear is that I would become content with everyday things and routine…I don’t want to go through the motions or live everyday half-heartedly…fuel a fire in my heart to live for you and seek you everyday. Fill me with yourself and use me for your glory! Make MUCH of yourself and LESS of me. And satisy me with yourself, Lord. Amen.
“My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with my lips my mouth will praise you.” Psalm 63:5

 Sincerely, Sarah 🙂

 

This is what I read when I was dealing with anxiety this morning.

This is what I read when I was dealing with anxiety this morning:
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the glory of God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” — 1 Peter 5:8-10From Shelby Dipascal.

The Reason For Amplify The Truth

Hello. Two Please. Ok Mom! Stop that. TBH for Rate. #whatever. Thank you Christ!

We all use words. All day, everyday, we’re in a world that uses words to inform us. Move us. Shape us. Make us laugh. Make us cry. From the moment we are born, we are taught to understand what things mean so that when we grow up we will be able to clearly communicate with the world around us.*

What are we doing with this? — What is the message that we have to tell?

Each of us is equipped to spread a message. Not one that is small and unimportant, but one that is big…REALLY BIG! The story of stories. The big kahuna. The GOSPEL.

So we wanted to create a place for students to come and share their story with the world. Maybe one person will see this. Maybe you’ll post it on your Facebook to be shown to hundreds, even thousands! Either way, this is a place to learn. To share. To take up your cross. To hone your skills at clearly telling the world the good news of Jesus Christ.

The reason, inspiration, and heartbeat of this blog is found here in Ephesians chapter six.

“and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,” Ephesians 6:19

Breakdown

Words:  Paul is praying for words to be given to him so that he would have something to say. Not just any ole words but words that matter. Big words. New words. Words that made sense. Words that made people stop and think.  So, with him we pray for words.

Opening My Mouth Boldly: Paul doesn’t just want to go about his life keeping this great secret. He must let it out! But what do you do when the world doesn’t want to hear what you have to say? What do you do when what you have to say isn’t cool? Do you say it anyway? If Jesus is who He says that He is, then we have to tell the world. Right? So with Paul, we want to boldly, confidently, compassionately!, and frequently speak the truth.

To Proclaim The Mystery Of The Gospel: The good news of Jesus is a mystery. I mean really, what does it mean that God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life? It is hard to understand. So like Paul, we want to think, and think hard about how to explain/understand this great mystery.

Now the ball is in your court. Write a blog post in an email form and send it to me at austinprince@churchatthegrove.com.  I’ll take a few each week and post them up here for declaration and discussion.

Boldly proclaiming the mystery of the gospel,

Austin