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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" - About God part 4



Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

About God - Part 4
"God is Not Really Enough"

Very few of us would consciously admit we believe this lie, but the way we live our day to day lives tells that this is really how we believe.
"When it comes down to it, we don't believe God's Word is truly sufficient to deal with our problems.  Oh, it can deal with everyone else's problems; but it doesn't speake to my issues, my needs, my relationships, my situation.  I need God's Word plus these 8 books from the Christian bookstore;  I need God's Word plus tapes and conferences and counselors.  Sure I need God.  But I need Him plus close friends; I need Him plus good health, I need Him plus a husband (or a wife for any males reading this); I need Him plus children; I need Him plus a job  that pays enough; I need Him plus a house with a microwave, a washer/dryer, a garage, and a fresh paint job....."

Do you really believe God is enough or do you recognize these thoughts within YOUR own mind:

"'God is not really enough' - I did not know I believed this until I realized how much trust I put in other things and people.  I thought I trusted God fully and kept tellingn my husband we just needed to trust God, but then I would run to my friends and discuss our marriage or finances."

"I have turned to food for comfort when things were going bad in our marriage.  In forty years of marriage, I have put on 45 extra pounds."

"I have denied the truth that my relationship with Jesus will satisfy my longings.  Through the way I live, I have shown those around me that I need 'things' in order to be happy.  I have been critical, complaining, and irritable most of my life.  I have been living this lie."

"I have been critical, complaining, and irritable most of my life.  I have been living this lie."

"Do we truly believe God is enough, or are we looking to other things and people to fill the empty places of our hearts - food, shopping, friends, hobbies, vacations, our job, or our family?"

Some things to think about until next time:

Think of some adverstisements you see what are the "things" our culture says you need to in order to be fulfilled, happy and complete?

Read Colossians 2:9-10.  What does it mean that you have been givien "fullness" or "completeness" in Christ?

Do you really believe that if you have God, you have enough?  What are some of the "pluses" that you tend to think you have to have to be happy?

What some practical ways we can wean ourselves from dependence on earthly, temporal things and find full satisfaction in the Lord?

Read Psalm 73:23-26.  Personalize the psalmist's prayer and write it in your own words.  Ask God to make this prayer the TRUE expression of your heart.

"Father, I am so prone to look to people and things other than You to fill the empty places of my heart and to satisfy my needs and longings.  Your Word tells me that when I have You, I am complete.  Thank You that no matter what else I amy or  may not have in this life, with You I have enough.  Amen."

1 ***COMMENT HERE***:

Tonya said...

Wow...this one stung alot! I was reading the devo for Teen Thursday on Image..and when it started talking about bad self-image...you were describing me...and now I read this..and it all fits. My head KNOWS beyond the shadow of a doubt that God is enough..how could He NOT be. The God who created the tiniest bug, and gave it a purpose to live and feed other animals and pollinate flowers for our food, etc....How could He NOT be enough...BUT...yes that horrible BUT...my heart struggles with it. I really need to meditate on this lesson...and get my heart to see the TRUTH..whether it FEELS it or not. I hope that these lessons are helping others out there that are reading them, as much as they are me.

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