Saturday, February 6, 2016

Self or Christ?

Psalm 16:8

“I have set the Lord always before me;

Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. “

     How often, dear Christians, are we moved with fear? How often are we moved with worry? How often are we moved by all manner of things! The truth is, we are moved because we have failed to give God the rightful place in our lives. For if He was at our right hand, we would not be moved.
     We love to play the victim. We love to act as though we have a right to act or feel a certain way based on our events and circumstances. Too often we are waiting on God to answer, when all the while, God is waiting on us to surrender!
     Hidden inside each one of our hearts is a throne. Now let me ask you a question, and I only ask it because I ask myself the same. Who sits on the throne in your heart? Is it Self, or is it God? If any amount of introspection reveals that, in fact, Self sits on the throne in your heart, then let me ask you another question. Are you content to live your life in such a way? My dear friend, would it not be better to allow an infinitely powerful and loving God to have the rightful place in your heart? Think of it this way, before He created the heavens and the earth, His heart has been set on you. Before He made any created thing, he had set Himself to love you and lavish Himself upon you throughout all of eternity. If that wasn’t enough, He actually came to this earth, became one of you, and then died for you! God the Father spared nothing for you, not even the life of His only begotten son whom He loved. How then, shall you spare from giving Him your complete trust and affection? In fact, your soul was made by God, for God. Listen to one author, John Flavel, as he speaks of Jesus Christ:

     “All other loveliness cannot satisfy the soul of man. There is not scope enough in any one created thing, or in all the natural universe of created things for the soul of man to reach out and expand; but the soul still feels itself confined and narrowed within those limits. This comes to pass from the inadequacy and unsuitableness of the creature to the nobler and more excellent soul of man. The soul is like a ship in a narrow river which does not have room to turn. It is always running aground and foundering in the shallows. But Jesus Christ is in every way sufficient to the vast desires of the soul; in him it has sea-room enough. In him the soul may spread all its sails with no fear of touching bottom.”

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