Are You Satisfied?

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It’s taken me a long time to reach this point of understanding. Out of a deeper understanding of God’s amazing love came the deeper realization of why people do the things they do. I used to get angry and irritated when other Christians would fall prey to sin, their flesh, and Satan. Those out in the world, well, I could understand that. How could you blame them when they had never heard the Gospel? Or never had any idea of morality? Who had been through some of the most difficult of circumstances? But Christians, now that’s a different story….they knew better. They had all of the answers. The truth was right in front of them. How could they do it?

First, there came pity. Even though they knew what was right, they had fallen. And God showed me that in that state, He had pity on them, and I should too. But it didn’t end there. God asked me, “What makes you so much better than them? Are you not flesh and blood too?” And He showed me how, day after day, I fall and fall and fall and fall some more. And my pride melted away and He convinced me that they didn’t need my pity but my empathy. For am I not as they in my sin? The difference is that after I have fallen, I rise up again, resting on His promise to forgive me and wash me clean, make me new; whereas they remain in their fallen state. Was God done? No. He said to me, “You are to love as I love.” Not pity, nor empathy, but love. A love that does everything it can to help them rise up from their fallen position, and stand on solid ground. The closer I get to His love, the deeper this conviction sinks.

Why do they stay fallen? Because they have no reason to rise. They like the mud; it makes them feel good, and they close their eyes to the fact that they are wallowing in dirt. They think that they know what the Christian life is all about because they’ve been there. BUT THEY DON’T!!! They limit the depth of God’s love to that one act of the cross, and fail to see how He extends His infinite glorious matchless love to them each and every single day. They play the game of church only to go home and do whatever they want during the week, and then wonder why they feel so unfulfilled, why the Christian life, that they are told will fill the void, doesn’t.

It’s no wonder the world, the prohibited mirage, looks so tantalizing. Where they can see others living with such passion, such abandon, while they have to sit in a pew, sing hymns, and plod to work, without experiencing what makes the difference, not in heaven, but here: His love that passes all understanding, that plunges one far into the passionate depths of His infinite character. While they turned to the world for the pleasures of the season, they left right under their noses all the excitement of an interaction with the one who flung out the stars. While they turned to an adulterous bed for a thrill of passion, they missed out on the most passionate relationship one could ever hope to possess.

Why is it that so many Christians believe the lie of the devil and this world, that God is boring? Who do you think put those desires within you? Who gave you that craving for deep love and relationship? It is no wonder that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind…He already knew that we wouldn’t be satisfied without giving our all. They just don’t know that they can be satisfied.

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

-Richard Blanchard-

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