Its crazy to me how God can use the simplest objects in normal situations to teach me profound lessons. In this case He used a snickers bar.
I know we’ve all heard the old saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates” from Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. Today I want to play off that idea a little bit and show you the difference between satisfaction and fulfillment.
I know we’ve all seen the snicker’s commercials. “Snickers Satisfies,” “You’re not you when you eat a snickers.” When I picked up one that day, I read on the back “Satisfies.” And then God began to teach me something through a snickers bar. I know, crazy right? God began to show me that sin is like a snickers bar, it satisfies for the moment and gives you a burst of energy in the moment. After though, you are left drained and lethargic. Am I saying that eating a snickers is sinful? No. I eat tons of snickers and they are one of my favorite candies. God wants to replace our “satisfaction” with “fulfillment though.
Eating snickers every now and again is alright, but what if you ate snickers all the time? What if snickers became your main course? You would get sick, very very sick. You would feel awful all the time. You’d always be trying to eat more snickers to feel better. That’s what sin and worldly pleasures are. They are a momentary burst of energy, a momentary pleasure. When its all said and done though we are left broken, hopeless, depressed and for what? We tried to fill our fulfillment in satisfaction. Did you catch that one? We can never be fulfilled in things that are passing away and momentary things.
Fulfillment though is more like having a full meal. We are not only left satisfied but fulfilled because there are meats and vegetables. God wants us to not only be satisfied but fulfilled and we can only do that through Him. He knows the worldly pleasures are just junk food and that we really need meat, His Word and vegetables, Daily Prayer, and things like carbohydrates and proteins, things like community and fellowship, and accountability and discipleship. All these things lead to joy, hope, peace, purpose. These lead to fulfillment.
So when you are faced today with going for an option of junk food (worldly pleasure) over a full course meal, remind yourself that sin is only satisfying for a little while. God’s meal that He wants to give us though, is teeming with fruitful and prosperous fulfillment that only He can bring us.
“Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.”
Jesus is ready to fulfill you in every way you could ever have imagined. Are you ready to stop trying to fulfill your life in ways that are only satisfactory? The God of the Universe is waiting for you today. He wants to sit down and have dinner with you!
Have a blessed day ya’ll,
“We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
Today in the afternoon we were split up into teams and sent off to various areas of need. My group went to a home for troubled boys. All I wanted to do was to play basketball but God had way different, radical plans in mind.
Me and a friend came racing down the hill on our longboards, only to be met by some early age teenagers. One of them caught my attention; his name was Kyle. Kyle was a thirteen year old boy who had been expelled from various schools for stealing money from his teachers and cursing at them. Kyle took me all over his home showing me his room and the places that he liked to hang out at. Kyle told me about his favorite sports teams and his favorite activities. He likes the Celtics and loves to sing. One of his fellow friends at the home says he can sing better than Justin Beiber. He showed me the songs he wrote, and they were great.
Kyle is a good kid thrown into a bad situation with his parents being divorced and his dad physically abusing him as a boy. As we sat on the end of a dock at the home he began to tell me, “I don’t tell a lot of people this but I don’t ever get packages or letters.” He went on to explain that all the kids at the home got packages weekly but he never did. Tears began to form in my eyes because I understood what that loneliness and rejection, being cast aside feels like. Then he began to tell me, “I’ve been praying that one day God would give me an older brother. I want someone who will fight for me and stick up for me and someone who will take me to the movies.” In that moment I felt a really strange crazy feeling. “Well,” I said to him, “Today God has answered your prayers.” It was crazy. How could I keep this relationship with this younger kid, my new little brother, when I lived an hour and a half away in Charleston. But I knew this little kid needed someone in his life. I also promised him a long board that I didn’t know how I was going to afford.
“There are two things I want you to know,” I began to say to him as my feet dangled over the dock. “I want you to know that God has created you and that He has a plan and a purpose for your life. Secondly you will never be alone because God will always be there.” So I left this kid with only the promises I had made and a silver dollar that he had given me to remember him by. I left stunned by what had just happened. This was only the beginning though of what God was going to do.
Tonight I got up and shared about what Christ had done and God moved. I felt guilty about promising something I thought I wouldn’t be able to do but God was steadfast and moving strongly through the situation. Throughout the night, men from the retreat gave business cards and money and prayer and longboards for not only Kyle but also the other kids. I have 802 dollars, a free longboard and also a man who said he would buy the longboards himself for these kids. Holy Cow! God is amazing. His mercy is unfailing. His promise never fails. All I had was an idea from the Lord and He is fulfilling every single part of it. He has provided everything and more.
I’m truly overwhelmed at the moment by this indescribable blessing. God blesses our steps of faith in more abundant ways than we could ever realize! Glory and Honor be to the only wise King, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
A miracle happened today in Myrtle Beach, Sc. The miracle of men fighting and surrendering themselves before the Lord and giving as they have received. A miracle that God could use to change a lonely boys broken life. A boy that was thrown into the midst of adversity. A talented thirteen year old boy named Kyle.
Have a great and blessed night everyone,
“After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, who had served Moses: “Moses My servant is dead. Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving the Israelite’s. I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses. Your territory will be from the wilderness and Lebanon to the great Euphrates River—all the land of the Hittites—and west to the Mediterranean Sea. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance. Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-9)
The first thing that God says to Joshua is to prepare. He didn’t just say prepare yourself, but for all the people to be prepared to cross over the Jordan. Anyone involved in this promise needs to be prepared for what God is going to do.
The second thing to know is that nothing will stand in the way of God’s promise. If God has promised you something, there is no power that will be able to stop God’s plan and promise in your life.
The third thing to know is that God will be with you throughout the whole process, that He will never leave you or forsake you. Even as the promise seems to be falling apart in your mind, its not falling apart in God’s mind.
The fourth thing is to be strong and courageous. God’s plans are overwhelming at times, because we don’t see how it will all pan out, but that’s the great thing about it. Its God’s promise and idea, not ours. We couldn’t have possibly have come up with what God wanted to do with our life on our own, because our way of thinking is not His way of thinking. Stand up and be courageous, ready and eager to take your promise whenever God opens that door.
The fifth thing is having His word as our guide. We need to be spending time with God every day, memorizing his scripture and carefully observing His instruction for our lives. The Bible is our guide to truly taking hold of that promise and knowing exactly what the Lord wants to do in our lives. It brings us encouragement and clarity, taking our own thoughts and desires out of the equation. We must not turn from this path to the left or to the right, and we must have His word written on the very core of our hearts.
The sixth and final thing God again harps on with Joshua: Be strong and courageous!
Take hold of God’s promise today in your life. He is ready to show you your promised land.
Be mighty and courageous warriors today.