Monthly Archives: May 2016

He Knows How Temptation Feels

 

It’s one of the worst lies we’ve been told.

Too many of us believe it.

Too many good people have been hurt by it.

 

It goes something like this:  God, if He is real, is too big, too holy, to perfect to ever understand someone like me.

He’s way out there somewhere, being pure, being a judge, not having any idea how tough it is to make right choices in a world going all wrong.

And I’m down here, in the middle of this crazy mess, surrounded by people and systems that just keep getting worse. No one seems to care about doing what’s right because its so much easier to just go with the flow of doing wrong.

He’s too perfect, He’ll never understand me.

 

The truth is so completely different.

 

Oh, He is certainly good. And Holy. And perfect.

He is also deeply aware of how temptation feels.

 

How strong it pulls, how hard it is to resist.

How much it takes to say ‘no’ to all the stuff that everyone else is saying ‘yes’ to.

And, to everything that seems like the quickest way to get rid of the hurt you feel.

 

He was here.

He lived it.

He felt it.

 

And, most importantly:  HE  CONQUERED IT!

 

Whatever the temptation, He felt it. Just like you do.

Stealing.

Lying.

Sex.

Drugs.

Alcohol.

 

Whatever the negative choices your mind & heart want to make, He honestly knows how it feels.

And He wants to help you resist.

To break the cycle of hurt, regret, fall, hurt, regret, fall…..

He wants to help you win.

He wants to show you how to become all the very strong, safe, good, right, and true things you’ve always dreamed about.

 

Because He felt the same temptation, He is the only one who knows how to show you the right kind of grace, mercy, and truth to help you when you need Him most.

 

There is a God, and He knows how temptation feels.

 

Hebrews 4:15 & 16

 

 

 

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He Gave His Best For You

 

We all have that one friend.

 

They make tons of promises, keep very few.

 

Promise to help, are hard to find when you need them most.

 

Act like they’re sacrificing the world when they give you what feels like crumbs from their sandwich.

 

And it wasn’t even a sandwich they really like.

 

Drama king, or queen. Unstable and unreliable.

 

There is one friend who is dramatically different.

 

Not only does He not offer you crumbs, He offers you the best of everything He has. The finest, most valuable, most precious.

 

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life”

 

He doesn’t want you to go through this life without Him.

 

He certainly doesn’t want you to enter the next life without Him.

 

He knew that this life would be tough, the path rough, and the way to the other side sometimes hard to find.  That’s why He came to this world, gave His best, opened the door to true and full life in Him.

 

All other ‘gods’ and religions make you do the work, make you earn your keep, make you go through all the effort to earn their favor.

 

Not this God. He knew the distance from us to Him was  –  and is  –  too high, too great, too far for us to ever make it on our own.

 

So He came to us, showed us how to live, showed us how to love.

 

Showed us that true love gives its best.

 

He gave the most valuable, most important gift ever given in all of eternity  –  the life of Jesus.

 

And He gave it, for you.

 

Forget the crumbs.

 

Stop trying to please people & religions that only pretend to care.

 

Spend some time thinking about, and getting to know, the one who gave His very best, long before you even knew you needed Him.

 

There is a God, and He gave His best for you.

 

John 3:16

 

 

 


He Wants You To Find Him

 

Some people think its a game they cannot win.

In fact, it is a basic principle that God intends all of us to discover, and be successful in:  finding Him.

 

Truth be told, most who accuse God of being hard to find are really not wanting to know Him, know His way, know His heart. The amazing thing about God is He allows them, and us, the freedom to determine just how much of Him we’ll have access to.

 

God said: “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.”  If we honestly, with all our heart, want to find God, He promises we will be successful.

 

He knows when we’re just posing, just making statements to appear to want to find God, when in reality we just want to do things our own way.

 

He also knows when things & people & life have beat us down so much that we can barely make the effort to find anything, especially Him.

 

Just, get real.

Raw.

Honest.

Hurt, angry, frustrated, broken.

 

Full of mistakes, still bleeding from woulds of others. Sometimes wounded by those claiming to be Christ followers who really aren’t anything more than religious bullies.

 

Hiding yourself, away from the light of truth. Away from authority, away from anything that messes with your desire to do what you want when you want.

 

However you got into the dark corner, whatever caused you to hide there, know that there is a caring God who does not want you to be alone.

 

Wherever you find yourself, God wants to find you.

 

There is a God, and He wants you to find Him.

 

Jeremiah 29:13