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Wanting something more

At what point can we draw a line and say, "up to here my desire is a good thing, but beyond that it has become an idol?" In God's Word we are told, "“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything." (1 Cor 6:12 esv) When we see something that is in God's Word, that it is available, that it is a good thing, that it is a Godly thing - and we want what God has shown to us - but it is not forthcoming (for whatever reason), and our desire begins to cause pain. Has desire for such a thing caused us to worship the creation, and not the creator? You have to think that in the garden, with everything so abundantly available, how could the tree of the knowledge of good and evil be so tempting? It must have been a very lovely tree for Adam and Eve to desire it enough to cross up God's words. At what point did my desire for a gift from God become an idol in my life? Or has it become one? How can I learn from this pain? How can I grow? How can I share what I learn from my family? And will I ever actually get to see and experience whatGod shows in His word this side of heaven? And will I actually experience it Heaven? One thing I am sure of that once I am in His presence it will not matter. I will have my perfect peace and joy. Verse for today: Revelations 21:1-8 esv Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

1 comment:

ALP said...

Father I lift this man up to You now. He is in so much pain he is physically hurting. Lord he has been faithful to You. Please show him You have not forsaken him or his marriage. He needs to feel Your hand in his marriage. Lord let Your will be done in Your time yet let John feel You presence now. Take this man into Your arms and give him the comfort he needs. Listen to his prayers and let him know You hear him.

Father please help to open his wifes heart and mind and soul to what marriage is supposed to be. Help her to see how much her husband is suffering. She is a wonderful, beautiful daughter to You but she is lost right now. She is losing her focus on what is truly important in this world. Lord help her find her way back to what You have in store for her and her husband.

You are the maker of the heavens and earth. You have brought so much beauty to this world we are in Lord. Nothing compares to You. Please help this family who is in need. Please comfort those who are in pain and open the heart of those who are hardened.

Nothing is bigger than You. Nothing in better than You. Nothing is beyond Your doing.

I bring You praise and glory for all You have done in my life and all You are going to do in theirs.

In Your Name,
Amen