God-shaped hole (part 2)

In part teo, I discussed being completely filled with God and not allowing other things to creep in and steal even a small part of that hole. I broke that down into three sections:

Firstly, we must fully understand our heart (our inner being). According to Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV), “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jesus and Paul spoke about the heart quite a bit as well, saying that evil comes from the heart and that we only speak what our heart is full of. The psalmist David prayed for God to “create in me a pure heart” in Psalm 51:10 and Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” There must be something to this! I don’t want us to be scared of our heart but we obviously should be cautious of our thoughts and attitudes.

Second, we’re probably all familiar with First Corinthians chapter five which warns us that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In those times, they would often use leaven that was left over from a previous batch of bread to make a new loaf. It works great for sourdough bread but not so great in our Christian walk. We must fully eradicate our old life as to ensure that it does not hinder the growth of our new, Christian life!

Finally, we need to make God feel welcome. Jesus said that anything we do for the “least of these,” we have done for Him (Matthew 25). This means we should be looking for people to share our faith story with as to encourage them to follow Jesus as well. Simply being a Christian is only the first step! We must change our lifestyle so that God feels welcome to move in us and through us!

Steven Furtick says, “You can’t make God move in your life, but you can make room for God to move in your life.” That sums up the message perfectly!

 

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God-shaped hole?

Let’s talk about the “God-shaped hole.” Last week, I shared the story of Saul becoming the first king for the Israelites at my Sunday service at the Mustard Seed. His becoming king only happened because the people literally wanted to be like everyone else. They were warned that it would not go well but they did not care. Because God is a loving God who gives us the ability to have free will, He allowed it (1 Samuel 8).

Unfortunately, we are much like these Israelites. God knows what is best for us and placed within our spirit a yearning for His best. However, we often fill that hole with other things in our own way. Even when it goes directly against God’s perfect will for our lives. First John 2 tells us to not love the world and to be aware of the lust of the flesh and eyes as well as the pride of life.

Martin Luther says “I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

Finally, we must:

  1. Take time and listen to God for wisdom.
  2. Discern what is good and don’t let everything enter the spirt.
  3. Give yourself permission to rest and soak up God’s goodness!