I was working on a message yesterday about contentment and was thinking of all the times in my life when I have wanted more - when being satisfied with what I already had was not even crossing my mind. It became a habit for me to always be searching for something. I didn't always know what I was searching for but there was a void that I needed filled so I tried everything I could to get the fix I needed for the moment.
Ephesians 3:14-20 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Do you, honestly want God to get glory or do you want glory for yourself? Now, I’m not just asking you this question but just as much for myself. Do you want more of what you want for yourself or do you want more of what God wants for you. Verse 20 explains how God is capable of giving us far more than we could ever ask for. Do we truly believe that He will bless us with His desires or do we hope that He will bless whatever it is that we are working towards for ourselves? It’s easy to give lip service about desiring what God desires, but is it true in your life?
Is it true when His desire or plan is far from ours. Is it true when you are fired from your job, when you lose a child, when your marriage is falling apart, when you have a wayward child, when your friends or family forsake you? Is it true then? Do you desire what God’s plan and will is? Do you accept who He is and what He is capable of?
Have a great day desiring God's will instead of your own
Wanted to share the post from Lysa Terkeurst's blog today too:
I think God is wanting me to give my marriage some intentional thought. Art and I have a good marriage. It is comfortable and stable. If I held my marriage up to a checklist, we would get a passing grade on all accounts.But the stresses and strains of daily life with many blessings can sometimes dig ruts in even the most solid of relationships. It's not the big things that knock us off kilter. It is the accumulation of lots of little things tumbling upon us in a very constant way.Again, we have a great relationship. But, it is oh so easy to slip into a drifting phase where we start operating more like business partners than husband and wife.Well, last night we went to a movie screening that seriously got our attention.The movie is Fireproof. You can find information about it by clicking here.When I say this movie is amazing, that word can't possibly contain what we experienced last night. Over popcorn and Milk Duds we found rib aching laughter, heart racing action, truth, and a gut honest reality check.And we found out the creators of this movie are releasing a 40 day book for couples to work through called "The Love Dare." After seeing the movie, this title will totally make sense to you.We are so doing this study.Will you do yourself a favor? Pull out your blackberry, or paper calendar, or PDA, or strawberry... whatever keeps your schedule... and schedule to go see this movie on the weekend of September 26th. Whether you are married or not, the spiritual truths in this flick are rich for every person.This movie is from the creators of "Facing the Giants." Y'all it is a church in Albany, Georgia that is producing these great films. Talk about getting radically obedient to reach people for Jesus!I had the privilege to meet the pastor of this church, some of the directors and the guy that starred as the coach in "Facing the Giants" (who happens to be one of the directors/ writers for this project.)They all have big humongous hearts for Jesus and for His plan for marriage. If you will commit to going to see this movie when it comes out in September, would you leave a comment and let me know? I'd love to be able to participate in some small way to promote this incredible endeavor.And oh my stars... the main characters are seen with a Chick-fil-A cup and bag. Could it get any better than that?