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.
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.”
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.
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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