1 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
We are FOR GOD AND HIS GLORY.
Are you truly full? What are you filled with? Who or what are you going to and relying on for fulfillment, completion, and satisfaction? What are the results of this?
In the world, sadly, there are multiple answers and perspectives to this question. Souls are looking everywhere to be happy, to find joy, to feel satisfied, complete and whole. and yet, they never truly do. Maybe for a moment, yes, but then that feeling fades away. That feeling of hope or satisfaction or “happiness” satisfies for the moment but never stays, never fulfills, never truly makes you come alive, it just distracts you for a second.
But GOD. See, when you are a believer AND follower of THE LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST THE ETERNALLY, the answer to these questions is certain. It is different. There is no questioning or doubting, there is no “what or where or how or who”. There is THE ONLY ONE WHO has already satisfied.
We, our souls, were made for GOD. To love HIM, to worship HIM, to serve HIM, to adore HIM, and to live completely eternally FOR HIM (Genesis 1:26-28, Colossian 1:13-20). But we as people tend to do the opposite of what we’re supposed to. We are all born with a void inside that can and will only be filled by THE ONE, THE ONLY TRUE GOD.
There is so much temptation and distraction around us. The devil is real, yall. He is lurking, wanting us to be tempted and “desire” anything and everything else that is not of God, because even he, the devil, satan himself, knows that THE GOD IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD THE ETERNALLY, and he wants to do anything and everything to try and keep us away from HIM, which cant happen(Romans 8). Because of this, so much is thrown in front of us in our walks. Sex, drugs, pornography, lies, abominations that are so disgusting and wrong and yet, somehow, we fall into their pits. We think we are strong on our own and by our own self and own self-strength, we think “we can handle it on our own”, and then we meet a time when we are tested.
Everyone knows what I’m talking about. A time in these lives that aren’t ours to begin with, a time when we feel the pressure, when we are insulted, betrayed, lied to, discouraged, weakened to the point when we think we cannot bare to go on anymore, we’re sad, depressed, lonely, shaken, “down in the dumps”. And what do we do? Where do we run? Where do we hide ourselves? We search. We love searching for whatever, whomever, wherever may be a place that we can hide ourselves “from reality”, wherever we can turn to “to get our minds off of the pain”, whatever can place a momentary (not even quality) bandage on the wound on ourselves.
We as people in this world turn to sex. We turn to another person, to do something created for the beautiful blessing of and from THE GOD of marriage, “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal. It is fantastic in a moment to us, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet, in our hearts and souls, we know and we feel, we are NOT satisfied.
We as people turn to pornography. We are so intrigued by this lie, this pit that is available for us in a moment, in the click of a button or the turn of a page of a magazine, our earthly eyes love the sight of sin. We look to this “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal. It is fantastic in a moment to us, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet, in our hearts and soul, we know and we feel, we are still NOT satisfied.
We are people turn to the lies. We don’t want to but we are so intrigued by “the what ifs”, even as they are hurting us. We know what is being said and done is not true and is wrong about us, but we are so afraid, so worried of missing out, of being excluded from the conversation or the activity, the social media or the party that we do not want to miss even a single moment of it. It is deteriorating ourselves, yet we think we love it, “that we are enjoying it”. We look to this “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal. It is fantastic in a moment to us, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet, in our heart and soul, we know and we feel, we are STILL NOT satisfied.
We as people turn to drugs. We think a pill in a bottle or the bottom of one “can ease the pain” and “can satisfy our desire and need and want”. We think “If I can just keep feeling this happiness or this pleasure or this satisfaction when the needle is in my arm or when I cannot and do not even remember where I am or what time of the day it is, I will be free.” We look to this “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal, whatsoever. It is fantastic in a moment to us, so we think, it is satisfactory in our minds AND YET in our hearts and souls, we know and we feel, we are STILL NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING SATISFIED.
We as people turn to abomination. This one, I’m not sure I can describe it even fully because I am still confused and confused even more as to why people love this. We as people love destruction. People, most, not all, love watching destruction. We love watching the lies, the porn, the sex, the temptation, the drugs, whether that is in real life or on a movie screen. We are drawn “to the story” that each one of these things provides. We enjoy the suspense and drama and destruction and build up of these things. Why? WE LOOK to these things “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal, whatsoever. It is fantastic in a moment for us, so we think, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet in our heart and soul, we know an we feel, we are still not even close to being satisfied.
We look to these things and more “as a fix” to feel external, physical pleasure in a moment that does not last a lifetime, that is not a guarantee and that is not eternal, whatsoever. It is fantastic in a moment for us, so we think, it is satisfactory in our minds and yet in our heart and soul, we know and we feel, WE KNOW AND WE FEEL, we are still not even close to being satisfied, to even feeling satisfied.
Why? Why do we do this, when after a second, after a moment, in the moment, we know that we are not even close to being satisfied?
Genesis 3 The Fall of Man
“we were made for more” we hear, see, write this all of the time, when really, we are created FOR THE MOST. THE MOST LIFE, THE MOST HIGH: THE MOST HIMSELF GOD! THE ONE TRUE AND ONLY ETERNAL GOD THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY. Why do we try to compromise? Nothing can change our purpose, so nothing else can fulfill this eternal purpose the eternally.
we are more than flesh and bone. We are more than external and physical.
Genesis 2:7-8 “7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. 8 The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.”
See, GOD tells us how HE created us. We are from HIM and for HIM, eternally, from and for HIM THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY. He breathed HIMSELF into us, therefore we are from and for ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY!! So then, since we know this, since we are shown and told this by HIM, THE GOD THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY, we know that our one true, unworldly and unearthly desire, is the one that cannot be filled by worldly and or earthly things. Psalm 73:25-28 “25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the LORD God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.”
We have this void inside of us. We have this void inside of who we are. We are not flesh and bones. When we die, the flesh will pass away, but our souls won’t. We have a void inside of our souls that not even the pleasure or “satisfaction” of someone else or “an earthly ‘fix'” can even touch. We all desire God, but a lot of the time, we don’t know this because we are human, we are blinded by so many things that are meant by the devil, satan, evil, to distract us from WHO WE NEED.
We think we need to satisfy our desire that we imagine is only a feeling, by looking towards others or things that we know will bring some sort of “pleasure-feeling” to ourselves. We know that we will feel something, and we know that for a moment, we will imagine we are satisfied. And we continue doing this. It is like we are trying to fill up a bucket to the very top when the hole at the bottom, at the base, at the being of it is not yet patched up, everything we try to fill the bucket with falls through without completion.
And maybe you aren’t looking for satisfaction in lies, sex, drugs, etc. Maybe you’re looking for it (which we do a lot of the time) in “identity”. Maybe you’re putting your identity or “satisfaction” in the amount of likes you get on your picture. Or trying to get attention from someone else, who you weren’t created for. Or maybe it’s in sports- looking for satisfaction in how your favorite team is doing in their season. None of these things last. No matter what angle you take to your photo for instagram, no matter how you try to dress, no matter what the score of the game was, the world will always have something that you begin to compare yourself to.
“Well they had more likes, probably because they have a better camera”
“Well he’s probably dating her because she’s prettier than me”
“Well they have better players so we’re gonna do awful this year”
better, better, better, why are we always looking at “the better”, when it’s not even better and THE BEST IS holding out His hand towards us, RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. ?!
We’re naïve, most of the time. We ignore the truth simply because the devil, satan the evil one hates that THE GOD THE LIFE AND THE TRUTH AND THE WAY HIMSELF (John 14:6 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.) IS REACHING OUT, IS RIGHT HERE THE ETERNALLY FOR US TO SAVE US, HAS SAVED US AND WILL CONTINUE TO SAVE US THE ETERNALLY. In fact, the devil hates that I’m writing this, truth, write now. Jokes on satan, he can’t touch me, he can’t come close to those who are IN THE ONE AND ONLY LIFE AND LIVING SAVIOR GOD CHRIST JESUS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!! 🙂 🙂
So I look at my own life, and I see how joyful I am. I am a follower and believer of God, I am a new creation in Christ and i am living for HIM, THE GOD! And i look at others around me who i know are believers and followers of THE GOD CHRIST JESUS THE ETERNALLY as well, how joyful they are because they are in HIM and living FOR HIM and are a new creation IN HIM. And God shows me, as HE shows all of us, this is all because of and for HIM. i, we, all of this, for HIM AND HIS GLORY THE ETERNALLY.
HE IS why we can only find satisfaction in HIM. If you are struggling, if you’ve tried everything, if you didn’t even know you were struggling or didn’t even realize how lost you are, I tell you from personal experience of and by HIM and the ETERNAL grace of HIM, GOD, run to HIM. Seek HIM and you will find. Seek HIM and you will know THE TRUE AND ONLY SATISFACTION. THE TRUE AND ONE AND ONLY WHOLENESS, COMFORT, COMPLETION AND JOY. But HE, but GOD never stops there, oh no no no. When we are filled with Christ, with THE HOLY SPIRIT THE ETERNALLY, We overflow.
See, GOD isn’t like these temporal, earthly, worldly “bandages” we try to place on our wounds. that can only be filled by GOD. The “bandages will wear off, out and be gone in a moment, they will not satisfy. GOD. but GOD THE GOD. HE does not simply place a bandage over these wounds to cover them up, HE covers them up, covers us up with HIS LOVE, HIS GRACE, HIS MERCY AND HEALING, ALL OF WHICH ARE THE ETERNALLY, and OH GET EXCITED YOU BEAUTIFUL SOULS, HE TAKES THEM AWAY. He does what no person, no drug, no idol and not addiction can ever do, and covers you with HIS LOVE, covers up our wounds and TAKES THEM AWAY, WASHES EVEN THE BLOOD, THE STAIN AWAY, COMLETELY. Psalm 34:8-10 “8 O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;
For to those who dear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.” BEHOLD, YOU ARE WHOLE IN HIM AND ONLY HIM THE ETERNALLY. You will find that with HIM, HIS GRACE AND MERCY AND LOVE AND LOVINGKINDNESS NEVER FAILS. HE NEVER FAILS AND NEVER ENDS THE ETERNALLY. HE shows us that with HIM, HE IS the Overflower the eternally. See, because, when this “bucket”, WE are being filled by HIM, it is of all things good. And God, ohmygoodnessgracious and GOD, but THE GOD THE ETERNALLY, HE does not ever stop when we are filled to the brim, oh no no no. HE IS ALL THE MORE THE ETERNALLY. He will fill us up all the more, so that we are constantly being filled, and in turn, OVERFLOWING.
Overflowing. What is inside of us will come out (Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your hart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”, Matthew 12:34 “34 You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”, Proverbs 10:11-14 “11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.
13 On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.
14 Wise men store up knowledge,
But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.”) We overflow and spill out whatever we are attempting to fill ourselves with, but on the only bright side, we overflow and spill out the eternal life, God Himself, Whom has ETERNALLY filled us and overflows out of us.
When we are being filled with worldly things around us, what will flow out?
When we are being filled by lies, lies will come out
When we are being filled by disgust, disgust will come out
When we are being filled by dishonor, dishonor will come out
When we are being filled by hate, hatred will come out
When we are being filled by death, death will come out
When we are being filled by temptation, temptation will come out
When we are being filled by evil, evil will come out
When we are being filled by temporal and false, temporal and false will come out in and with everything we do and say and think and feel
God is all of the lifegiving things that spill out of us when we have Him living inside of us(Psalm 25:8 “8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.” ), and when you go to Him, get saved by HIM and know HIM and know this truth THE TRUTH WHICH IS HIM THE ETERNALLY, there will be no more “temporal”, no more momentary “satisfaction or fixes” there will only be GOD THE GOD and COMPLETENESS: TRUE, PURE ETERNAL COMPLETENESS, FULLNESS, SATISFACTION IN HIM IN CHRIST, COMPLETELY AND ETERNALLY UNSHAKEABLE BY HIM AND FOR HIM. You will not only feel but KNOW in every moment the fullness, the joy and satisfaction and completeness and happiness that never goes away, ever, because GOD IS LIVING INSIDE OF YOU AND ME AND US AS OUR SALVATION THE ETERNALLY HE HAS PROMISED THE ETERNALLY!
HE IS life.
HE IS love.
HE IS grace.
HE IS mercy.
HE IS kindness.
HE IS the fruit of righteousness.
HE IS THE ETERNAL VINETHE EVERLASTING.
HE IS THE EVERLASTING THE ETERNALLY.
HE IS goodness.
HE IS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY! 🙂 🙂
The other day was thanksgiving, so I know a lot of our tummies were filled with turkey and all sorts of goodies. Almost every day most every one is checking social media, so our thoughts and minds are being filled with loaddddsss of things. But what are you FULL OF? Are you full at all? Are you satisfied, complete, whole? Go to God, talk to Him, pray, He is here, i promise. And He promises that HE IS THE TRUTH and faithful and HIS ETERNAL PROMISE is THE TRUTH AND FAITHFUL, and HE WILL provide for you the eternal and complete fullness, wholeness and satisfaction, joy, hope, completion, happiness, that you, that i, that we truly eternally desire, HIM!
HE IS THE ETERNALLY THE ETERNALLY!! 🙂 🙂
we are FOR GOD AND HIS GLORY.
Psalm 23New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd,
I [a]shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside [b]quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the [c]paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no [e]evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 [g]Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h]dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.
Psalm 34New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer.
A Psalm of David when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.
34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
A Song of Ascents
1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.
“8 Good and upright is the LORD;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O LORD,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”