“In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy// Can’t see the slaves we are in all the searching, all the grasping// Like we deserve much more than all these blessings we’re holding// So now I’m running free into an ocean of mercy, unending// So come and empty me so that it’s You I breathe// I want my life to be only Christ in me// So I will fix my eyes ’cause You’re my source of life// I need the world to see that it’s Christ in me, yeah//” – Christ In Me by Jeremy Camp
For the Christian and for the non-Christian, temptation sneaks in all throughout life. When we go through hard times, we are often tempted more frequent because we try to grasp a hold of things that this world says will make us happy. For some, drugs, alcohol, pills, sex, etc. come to mind to try to help cope with issues. This world only knows these sinful coping obsessions, and people are blinded to the fact that when they allow those things to enter into their life, they become slaves of the very thing that is beating them down even more. What happened in the Garden of Eden when Eve tried to find satisfaction in something else other than the simple glory of God and the things He already gave her and Adam? Sin entered the world, bringing a curse to the human race. The only way to be forgiven of those worldly deeds is to be covered by an ocean of God’s mercy that we don’t even deserve. When we come to that realization, we then begin to understand that Jesus is our only way of life, and that through Him, we find true satisfaction.
In the good times and in the bad, we need to run to Jesus and wholly rely on Him as a source of refuge. Instead of giving into Satan’s lies, we need to be covered in God’s truths, allowing Christ to be the only one in us. When it’s just Christ that we breathe, we discover that we will find joy and peace in all areas of life, and people will notice something contagious about us. When Christ becomes contagious in our lives, others will desire to have the very One we obtain, and a chain reaction will come about all throughout the world. Forget the saying that God won’t give us anything we can’t handle, and realize that we can’t handle life itself at all. That’s why He says to lean on Him because He will supply all our needs and give us the rest we need. He knows us better than we know ourselves. May we ask the Lord to empty us of ourselves and fill us with His presence and fullness of life.
Galatians 2:20 ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Psalms 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.”
Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase; this [is] also vanity.”
Psalms 17:15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Ephesians 3:19 “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”