I Just Need Chocolate. Or Wine. Or Sex. Or New Jewelry.

Sister.

I’m going straight to the bullet.

If you run to anything other than your sweet Jesus Himself when you are sad, when you are mad and angry and confused and despaired and tired and empty…

It’s a vice that has dreadfully captured your heart and it not only blinds you to the power of the cross but it insults the very name of Jesus.

 

Listen.

There’s this line that rings cute and frilly and trendy,

“All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.”

No.

You do not need coffee and Jesus.

You need Jesus. And apparently, you need Him a lot more than you even know.

 

If the Messiah, the very Son of God Himself, the King of Glory, who knew the beauty and glory of Heaven yet came in flesh and blood, died a brutal death on a cross to save your soul from your sins, and then was raised from death to life and now is in Heaven, eyes fixed on you and me, ushering in a Kingdom everlasting where He reigns kingly and victorious…..

If that doesn’t course fire and glory and joy and praise and a zest for life through your veins….

Then you don’t know Jesus for who He is.

 

And in the same heart, hear this:

Sister, you are going to be tired. You are going to get angry and hot-headed and just furious about something. You are going to be tired and empty and lifeless after some days. You are going to be stressed out to the point where your mind feels like a hurricane.

Don’t run to wine.

Don’t run to your TV.

Don’t run to sex.

Don’t run to boxes of chocolate and ice cream.

Don’t run to the mall.

 

You don’t need any of those things. They are vices. You think they will heal you, but actually they’re just going to balm your hurting and bloody heart for a minute, and then before you know it, like a tidal wave or maybe like some gray clouds, the pain is going to surround you once again, probably even stronger and gushing more than before.

You don’t need wine and Jesus. You don’t need Netflix and Jesus. You don’t need sex, chocolate, new jewelry.. and Jesus.

 

No, do you know who Jesus is?
You crave and long for and yearn and scream for Jesus… and Jesus alone.

Perhaps you need Him so much that you don’t even feel the depth of that void.

But the devil does.

He knows exactly how desperately you need Jesus.

And I can’t even stand to think of his face when he sees us following his grimy steps to a vice instead of to the feet of Jesus.

Oh, sister, go to One who loves you more than you will ever know.

 

Listen.

Nothing beats the presence of Jesus.

He is the fount of all that your soul so desperately needs.

He is the One who endured all the sorrow that man can bear.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

 

Run to the feet of Jesus.

Come boldly before the throne.

Its name is the throne of grace, and there is a rich, overflowing abundance of mercy and grace that will just drip over onto your heart.

 

I am so very guilty of running to anything but Jesus.

I don’t get it.

I don’t get why my soul that knows the touch of Jesus would ever crave a touch from anything else.

My rebellious heart reasons,

“I just need some chocolate.”

“I just want a really big burger with bacon and chipotle aioli and lots of fries, and then I’ll feel better.”

“My flesh just wants to have sex all night.”

“I just need to go buy some new boots.”

“Crack open the wine..”

“Maybe I’ll just watch movies all night.”

 

NO no no no just no.

There’s a war waging over my soul. I can feel it.

I can feel the enemy gripping my heart and trying to lure it away from Jesus.

And I hate that sometimes I follow.

 

Oh, how long until Jesus comes and I cry, “Victory, victory, victory! King of Kings!”

He has won the war; He has conquered and He is victor over the wretched enemy.

We have the victory but the war is still waging.

 

Sister, run to Jesus.

Everywhere else will rip your heart open even more.

Only the One who loves you, your sweet Jesus, can heal your heart at the gentleness and tenderness of His touch.

He entered our pain; He knows your heart and has felt these sorrows.

And when we approach His throne, we find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Oh, sister, how deeply does God love you.

Please, for the sake of your soul and for the sake of His name….

Run to Jesus alone.

 

Soon, so soon, we will know Him fully, as we have been fully known.

With much, much love. And a heart touched by His gentleness. –Melissa

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36 thoughts on “I Just Need Chocolate. Or Wine. Or Sex. Or New Jewelry.

    1. Yes- I totally understand that! How amazing is it though, that we can bring it all to the feet of Jesus and trust in the sweetness of His love, that everything else just seems rather bland. Just go to Jesus…. your desires will just naturally shift to His rich love! Much love, my sister!

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  1. This one hit me hard. Life with Jesus isn’t trendy it’s a fight and a glorious victory that we get to step into. Accepting the victory is hard because I think our human minds are programmed to want victory rather than have it handed to us but I cannot win this battle with the help of wine and chocolate but I can step into the victory that has been handed to me. Thank you for your wisdom and thank you for sharing it.

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  2. I was reading this as I was feeling tired and worn down. The oppression of singleness on Valentine’s day weighing heavily on me. I needed this today. I needed the reminder that Jesus is EVERYTHING I need and the only thing that will truly make me feel better. Thank you. Your posts seems to always come at the right time.

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    1. YES- so true that Jesus is everything that you need and the only Healer and Comforter of our hearts. He graciously pours out His Spirit to be with us at every single moment. How beautiful! Jesus loves you soo much… stay close to Him! Much love!

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  3. “Everywhere else will rip your heart open even more.”
    I think this is such a true statement that more than likely gets forgotten. Lately, life has been weird and trying to get in the groove of things have been really hard. I haven’t been going to God for peace, comfort and guidance. If I don’t chase after Him and all He is, every single earthly thing will destroy me. We think that the high you get from worldly things will solve all the problems, yet it just puts us two more steps back. I couldn’t thank you enough for this post. Especially how things are going today. Thank you thank you thank you!

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    1. Lauren,
      WOW yes love everything you said! It’s so true that if we chase after any worldly thing, that it will destroy us- but in chasing after God, He lavishes comfort and healing and peace! He is such a good Father! I am so glad that this came at the perfect timing. He loves you, Laur! Thanks for your beautiful words! Much love!

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  4. Beautiful message, this immediately touched me as I have just received the devastating news that my Grandmothers Melanoma cancer has spread to her heart, the doctors predict she will have 3-9 months to live. I right away doubted Jesus’s ability, I prayed the day before He would heal her cancer, instead, it got worse. I ran to alcohol and sex, anything to not think about it, to not let it process, it still hasn’t completely. I then realized Jesus is all mighty, all powerful, all healing, and all loving. He has provided my Grandmother with these 3-9 months, He has given her the blessing of hope. I will pray harder than ever before, though I already know He is working His magic.

    I do then understand Lord Jesus knows all. If He longs for His child Elizabeth to come home to Him, then that is how it will be. That in itself is a blessing, for she will be loved and live forever in Heaven, with the beautiful Lord Jesus!

    He has given me hope, as I have run to Him in my worry, sorrow, and frustration. Alway run to Him, even if you’re questioning it all as you run into His arms, don’t stop until He is wrapped completely around you, then you will understand. He provides the short and long term satisfaction you crave, He provides the answers you crave. Alcohol, sex, drugs, chocolate, etc…do not provide you with what your soul is truly needing.

    That is always Jesus!

    I love You, Jesus, You walk by my side with Your hand at my heart, I will never stray from You, and you (internet friends) shouldn’t either! 🙂

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    1. Hannah,
      AMEN, my sister! Your faith in Christ is shining like such a bright light. Thank you for sharing your heart. Yes- like you said, our Lord Jesus knows all, and He loves your Grandma! He loves her so much more deeply than we ever will be able to fathom. And whether He grants her more time here in this life, or calls her Home to be with Him…. loves guides that decision and His arms are wrapped around her tightly at every moment. Yes, my friend, run to Jesus, as He is the One who gave it all for us. Keep shining!! Much love!!

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  5. This blog post was so helpful for me to read, Melissa. Thank you so much for writing it. Hearing your stories and your experiences is both comforting and opens my eyes a bit wider to the reality of who God is. Thank you. Jesus is proud of you, girl.

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    1. Awh, my friend, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad that this post touched your heart and opened your eyes a little wider to who God is! That’s amazing. And so encouraging. Jesus loves you so much!! Much love!

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  6. This is spot on! So often times I see those shirts, or coffee mugs that say that and I have often thought the same as you, “no, you only need Jesus…Jesus is Enough” . Or the “but first, coffee”. I know this is just a fun way for coffee lovers to express their love for it, but why not ,”but first, Jesus”? So often times we immediately seek the things of this world (as you mentioned wine, pleasure, material things) , when in reality the only thing that truly satisfies aka leaves nothing in want, is Jesus. Great post! I am currently binge reading your blog and I don’t even feel guilty because it is so Spirit filled and oriented 🙌🏼 Bless you!

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    1. Sara,
      AH friend yes! You get it! It’s so true that those things are just fun and silly phrases but truly the only One who satisfies is Jesus. Amen! Hahaha I hope you enjoy the other posts as well!! Much love!!

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  7. Yes! I love the honesty in this! While reading James a couple weeks ago, I started thinking about the crown of life we’ve been promised in Christ. How great of a truth that is to hold on to. But, what about all those other days? The ones where we chase the other, less satisfying, not fulfilling, vice crowns? For me, it’s being fit and having a pinterest-worthy home. But oh no, it is not about that. At all!! James was a great reminder of this, and so was this post–thank you!

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    1. Stephanie,
      Thank you so much! I am so glad that you appreciate the honesty in it haha it’s very blunt! Thank you for your honesty- yes, I understand those days of chasing the less satisfying vices! May our wandering hearts always be beckoned back Jesus. James is a great reminder!! Thanks four your encouragement! Much love my friend!

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  8. Hi Melissa…. 2 times I have read your blog and 2 times I have been drawn to what touches me as seamless; and yet your words scream at me as though I am the only person in the room and I am being shaken to WAKE UP! I have been in a daze of brokenness after years of emotional, mental, and physical assault. As I shared in my last response to you, I am weary from the inside out and yet, I read your words and find myself choking on tears, recognizing the truth in which you so eloquently display. This battered soul is taking an awful long time to find peace and though I feel God’s grace in your spiritual platform, I continue to feel numb and spiritually abandoned. I know it’s not Him. And yet, I remain still. Though God calls us to “be still”, I am sure He would really like to see me finally move. Thank you for your blog….I will need to reread this one over & over & over….

    Blessings….

    E.

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    1. Elizabeth,
      WOW my friend you are so strong and you have such a beautiful heart! God loves you so much. How wonderful that He meets you and me in our pain and brokenness…. He meets us right where we are at. And just covers us in love. We don’t need to go anywhere, do anything, fix ourselves, straighten up and out… He just comes to us and loves us. Yes, just rest in His love, and His love will lead you through. Praying for strength and faith to surge in your heart! Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart. ❤

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  9. Reblogged this on Beautifully Broken and commented:
    “Oh, sister, go to One who loves you more than you will ever know. Listen: Nothing beats the presence of Jesus. He is the fount of all that your soul so desperately needs. He is the One who endured all the sorrow that man can bear. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

    EVERYONE needs this reminder EVERY day! Thankful for this sister who pushes me towards the cross with her writing! This is a must read!

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  10. This reminds me of Psalm 23: “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:1)

    Christ is my Good Shepherd. I have ALL the Comfort, Acceptance, Love, and Belonging I could ever need from Jesus– though I struggle believing that, and easily becoming legalistic and self-condemning. Do I really believe that a Jesus is who He says He is– my Savior? That He is truly ALL I need?

    Forgive me, dear Jesus. Let me not run to people’s approval, OR to legalism– only to You.

    For only You alone save.

    I praise Jesus for this post. Thank you.

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  11. I love love love this. This is so true that we all so often son’t think is wrong, it hit me like a ton of bricks but I am so glad that I did. I love your blog and just want you to know how much your words of wisdom have impacted my life. Thank you so much I praise Jesus for the work he is doing through you to reach others, you rock! Keep up the work for the kingdom.

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    1. WHAT thank you SO much friend. This is so encouraging and came at just the right time. Yes I totally understand the “ton of bricks” feeling haha I feel that alllll too often. All for my good and His glory!! You’re the best. Much love!! ❤

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