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"SEEKING TRUE SOUL SATISFACTION"
I spent one of my summers working on Mesachie lake as a videographer where the photo above was taken. I was praying about what God wanted my focus to be on during this season and he clearly spoke to me from the scripture "delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (
I had to constantly remind myself, that when I'm craving certain things in my life, to run to God first. To set him as a priority in my day before I begin conversations with others and jump into the tasks at hand.
I would sit by the dock and listen to the rippling waters engulf the shore crashing into the rocks nearby. As I sat near the multitude of water all around I opened my bible and spent time in prayer. I learned to fill myself with the living water of God so I could then allow myself to overflow into the lives of others.
We can never be effective in living out our calling as believers without first getting filled with the Spirit of God. Without seeking our true source of satisfaction from Him we will spend our time chasing after other pursuits in the world and come away drained and discontent.
This is why Yeshua said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink!" (John 7:37)
"Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink." (John 7:37)
I remember writing my first draft of a book at 12 years old feeling confident and ready to become a best seller and conquer the world but that's not exactly how things unfolded...
I still had years of development to undergo before I could reach some of my goals that God placed on my heart from a young age.
You probably have dreams and goals hidden inside your heart as well put there by God. He wants to see those ambitions come to fruition in your life but in order for you to reach a place of maturity and ability to bear fruit God will take you on a journey of getting "planted"
See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
- Isaiah 43:19
- A DRY & THIRSTY LAND WHERE THERE IS NO WATER -
I remember filming in a remote location down in southern Israel with my team and gazed in amazement at the barren desert scape before us looming before us.
We were deep in the heart of the Israeli desert. It reminded me of the story in Hosea when God commanded him to marry a prostitute as a symbolic act of God's love towards Israel despite their unfaithfulness.
This story is really each one of our stories and it displays God's incredible love for us despite our short comings and failings because of our own human sin and weaknesses.
NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST
The Dry Season
- DON'T BE THIRSTY -
"And make her like the wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst... for she said I will go after my lovers who give me my bread and my water...
I was up late one night watching Steve Harvey on youtube, one of my few weaknesses (don't judge lol) and on the show he was saying that men have 3 major ways that they show love within relationships.
1. Profess 2. Protect 3. Provide
I didn't think too much of it until I re-read the story of Hosea again with a set of fresh eyes. The woman in the story was seeking after those three things that she was thirsty for which is ingrained in us by human nature. But instead of finding fullness and satisfaction in God she turned to man to meet her needs. She saw relationships as a source of affirmation, provision and protection.
The problem is that by pursuing these relationships in her life she is cutting out the very one who is pursuing HER, which is God.
When we run after things, whether it be relationships, possessions, achievements, etc as a means to feel loved, to feel valuable, provided for, protected, safe, secure and accepted we will find that those things have no power to truly satisfy our innermost parts of our being and we will be left thirsty and in the wilderness.
We can look at others on Instagram or snapchat and judge them for being 'thirsty.' We can look down upon them to seeking out attention and approval from other people around them but the truth is ALL of us are thirsty. All of us have a strong inner craving to be loved and accepted whether we show it or not.
What's important to examine is the source of our satisfaction. If we look to others to meet our needs the effect is temporary and we'll find ourselves having to run back to them over and over again. But if we go to Yeshua and draw from the wells of salvation we will never thirst again.
PURPOSE DEMANDS PURSUIT
The Chase is on
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY ON EARTH
"I will bring her into the wilderness and speak comfort to her... She shall sing there as in the days of her youth. No longer shall she call me "my master" but she will call me "my Husband." (Hosea 2)
I think one of the saddest verses in the entire bible is the following "she went after her lovers, but me she forgot."
It absolutely breaks my heart every single time I read that because I see it happening all the time, in my own life and in others.
Imagine you are absolutely, intrinsically, completely and utterly in love with someone. You think everything they do is perfect, that they are the most beautiful human being you've ever seen and all you want to do is be near them.
That is how God feels about us. He created us, he knows us and he wants an intimate relationship with us. He doesn't want us to merely serve him out of fear and call him "master" but he wants to change our thinking so that we adore, delight in and love him and call him "my husband." It's his desire that we would turn to him first for everything that we need and trust him to profess, protect and provide.
Know that God is faithful unlike changing circumstances or people he will never let you down and he will never leave or forsake you. When we draw from the wells of salvation and receive the living water he has to offer we will never thirst again.
"For my people have committed two evils;
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns - broken cisterns that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 1:13)
The one who promises to never leave or forsake us has become forsaken by His own people.
We are all guilty of doing this, rejecting the living waters that God offers freely to us and instead create broken vessels to attempt to satisfy our needs.
We pour in and pour in but we always walk away feeling empty with our own methods to obtain soul satisfaction.
But when we come to Him we can continually walk in contentment, peace and fulfillment.
Bread of Life
HUNGER AND THIRST FOR
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*Intercom voice* We are now entering into a no judgment zone so please keep your criticism and self-righteousness inside the vehicle at all times, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
McDonalds always sounds like a great idea when you're starving. Whether it's on a road-trip, after a work out *cough* remember no judgment *cough* or when you've just gone grocery shopping but you're too tired to cook anything once you get home.
I don't know if any of you can relate to me, maybe you guys somehow have it all together with fresh salad packaged in cute little Tupperware containers always on hand. But not this girl.
The problem I've found with McDonalds or any other fast food place really is that no matter how much you eat it never fills you up completely. At the end of the meal you're probably thinking "ugh I feel gross, that was a bad idea... and I'm still a little hungry."
Their chicken nuggets look so dang good on the advertisements but once consumed they leave you feeling a little empty and disappointed.
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Let me know how our "PLANTED" series is impacting you. I'd love to hear your feedback and experience.