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“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.” Romans 8:5-8 MSG

How arrogant to think we can do this life alone! Just as our flesh needs air to survive, so our spirit needs God for inner peace and contentment. If we’re not connected to Him and His Word, it would be likened to a physical fast-without food and water-we would die.

Have you ever come in contact with someone who has lost all hope? They search everywhere looking for answers. They seek out the best life coach, try various religions, change jobs, looking for external sources to make them happy. They try to find it in a marriage, thinking that person will complete them and give them someone to share life with. But they find themselves in the same hopelessness as when they began.

Why? Because external things cannot satisfy an internal longing! There is a God shaped void in you that only God can fill. You can’t place a square peg in a round hole, it won’t fit! Only Jesus satisfies your inner self. When you marry His Spirit with your spirit, something supernatural happens to you. You go from dead-end to endless.  You experience love on a level you could never dream of, all because the God who is love resides in you.

Does it mean you’ll never have struggles? No! But you’re now tapped in to an enormous resource who gives you the ability to get through it. You’ll still have needs, but you’ll have a deep satisfaction in knowing that He will supply everything you need. Everything you need is now inside of you and as you seek Him with all your heart, He will satisfy the longing of your soul.

You won’t be looking for love in all the wrong places-He’s in you. Trust Him to care for you and give you the desires of your heart. Trust Him to show you your purpose. Trust Him in everything because once you make Jesus the Lord of your life, He will complete you in ways you’ve never dreamed of.

“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!” Romans 8:12-14 MSG

 

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