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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Simplicity

Rod is snoring so LOUD that I am hoping I can get my thoughts together over the snores. I have had something on my heart so much tonight.
As I have been reading some of our great cloud of witnesses books of authors who are now in heaven, I have been so in awe of the depth, purity, and clarity that they write with. When I am reading some of their works I am just struck to the core. Then, I ask myself where are all of these people in this day and why doesn't this generation have the depth that these followers of Christ had. Hear me out...I love so many teachers of our day. Just see my list somewhere on the right side of the page. I esteem these teachers so much.
As my mind traveled on (while I was cleaning the house) it so occurred to me that we are a generation of people who are so distracted. As technology increases and we are so able to entertain ourselves we are missing out on Jesus. When I think of families breaking down I am reminded once again that it is so hard to have intimacy with your family when you are so busy on the phone, the computer, or watching t.v. There are so many things that we are serving that really have a hold on us but we are missing the prize. The One who is so worthy of our attention and our affection. The Only One that can make us whole, that can make us full. I wish you could hear my tone as I type this because it is not one of condemnation. I have had to hear this word before I can even type it out. He is our pearl of great price, the beginning and the end. Our lives are like a vapor, hear one day and gone the next and what in the world are we going to make with this thing called life? We will continue to serve ourselves or will we be a vessel for God to pour out on this generation.
Here is what got me thinking:

Luke 17:20-22

The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."

22Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.


Luke 8:18
18Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."

The kingdom of God is within us but how much are we diminishing the power that the Holy Spirit applies by quenching the Holy Spirit and grieving God through our lack of obedience.
And not just obedience, what about the plain fact that we won't be still long enough to even have a relationship of depth with Christ. Again, this doesn't apply to every one it is just something that got me thinking.

He who has will be given more. Has what I asked myself. As I meditated on these verses I thought about how often I hear the word yet don't obey the word fully. How I go as a woman and look in the mirror and forget what I looked like and have to go back and check myself out again. My point is that I don't want us to miss Him and what He is doing in our frantic search for significance. I want us to be the Mary's sitting at the feet of Jesus. Most of you that I know personally or have read your blogs, I know enough to know that you are smart women. I know that if we would just press in to touch the hem of His garment, He would bring healing in ways that we never could have imagined. What if we really put down our search for communion with others through the amount of time we spend on the Internet and etc and really focused more on God and His kingdom. The Lord has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness but am I using those things...are you using those things that He has freely given us through the Word and His Spirit.

I have been feeling an extra amount of freedom from some struggles in my mind since I went to the taping of Breaking Free and my point is for myself and all of us. Lets get serious, even more serious about being intentional with our walk with Christ. That is not legalism. If we can not love Him with all of our hearts we are not effective. It's just the truth. When we seek Him and pray for a heart to love Him above all things that is His will, He will answer that prayer. We can not have a divided heart, so Lord give each one reading this an undivided heart that fears Your Name.

I just realized how distracted I have been with lesser things that are keeping me from a life of abundance.

Let us be free and walk in that freedom and praise Him for all of our days. I don't even know if any of this is even going to make one ounce of sense in the way that the Lord impressed it on my heart.


9 comments:

fuzzytop said...

Great thoughts Jenny...

HisTreasuredPossession said...

Jenny, this is a wonderful post!! It did make sense and I know in my own life how "lonliness" has pushed me to Him in every age and stage of life. Truly, He does desire relationship with me and I'm on it...most days. =) So right about us filling up with so much that cannot satisfy - I even mentioned this in my Bstudy yesterday. We need Him, we need His healing and We need to obey. Right on siesta!

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Thanks for sharing this, Jenny. Distraction is so prevalent, isn't it?

I think of the persistent widow and those things that I say I want, but then don't press for. Those things that I say are important, but get forgotten all too quickly.

Joanne

Patty said...

Jenny,
I love your heart for Jesus! You have brought up great insights and thoughts for us today. I have been guilty of the distractions of life at times and each time God brought me back to focus on Him. God gives us great things in life but they are never meant to take place of Him. We have to prioritize these things and always seeking God first above all.

Thank you my sweet friend!
Love you,
Patty

Sharon said...

Your post makes all the sense in the world. I'm bawling because it cut straight to my heart. I thank God for giving you this message, Jenny. I needed to see this today.

Be Blessed,
Sharon

Stephanie said...

"What if we really put down our search for communion with others through the amount of time we spend on the Internet and etc and really focused more on God and His kingdom."

YES, Jenny!! I love the quote above from your post. If I spent the same amount of time with God that I do on the internet/facebook, I'd be a very rich person! Now I'm going to shut down my computer for some time with Him.

Mary said...

Jenny -- you are speaking to my heart. I, too, am feeling the need to be so much more intentional about my walk with the Lord. I want to love Him with a passion -- a deep passion! That's my prayer -- Lord, give me a heart that loves you.
Breaking Free was amazing, but I want to walk in victory!

Thanks for an amazing post.

Fran said...

I'm out the door and am leaving your page up ALL DAY LONG so I can come home and read this treasure again. Thanks Jenny. I wish I lived near you. I need a person like you in my life. :(

The real deal is the only way to go!

Hugs,
Fran

Faith said...

This is SO TRUE!! Just what I needed to hear. Thanks so much.