Spiritually Satisfied – In Touch – August 8

August 8

Spiritually Satisfied

James 4:8

I have a friend who, at one point, was a self-confessed shopping addict. Recently, his family realized that this activity had stopped, though he hadn’t intentionally curtailed it. Why, they wondered, did his longing to acquire more goods seem to dissolve?

The reason was that my friend had become more satisfied with the Lord. He no longer needed fulfillment from what the world had to offer. What a terrific illustration of growth in Christ.

In addition to finding fulfillment in God, there are many other growth indicators that are noticeable to the believer. For instance, offering forgiveness becomes easier over time. Consider our Savior, who asked God to forgive even those who crucified Him on the cross.

Also, as we mature, our faith will increase. God loves us, and He gracefully and gently builds our confidence in Him. Then, as our trust grows, we realize how faithful He truly is–which grows our assurance even more.

Another mark of a closer walk with Christ is an expanding concern for others’ spiritual condition. And finally, as our relationship with the Lord deepens, we will increasingly desire to obey Him. This desire is born not out of fear but out of love for our heavenly Father. Similarly, when we do sin, our hearts will become saddened and repentant.

Are you satisfied spiritually? Or do you have a growing, insatiable hunger for more of Jesus? Friend, if you think that you’ve come far enough in your journey with Christ, you have made a terrible mistake. You are missing great fulfillment and the excitement that comes from getting closer to Him.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

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Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2019 All Rights Reserved.

Transformation Garden: Where Every Woman Blooms

The Fragrance Of His Presence

 

The Master Is Come

 

Today’s Study Text:

 

“After (Martha) had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, ‘The Master is come, and calleth for thee.’ And when (Mary) heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him. When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there. When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’”

John 11: 28-32 

Amplified Bible 

K.J.V.

 

Exploration:

 

“Regardless of the intensity of our storm, we are safest in the middle of the storm with Christ than any other place without Him.”

Jude D’Souza 

 

Thoughts for Consideration:

 

When the Master calls for me, will I be ready to run to Him and bow at His feet?

 

“The presence of Jesus puts life in perspective.”

Matt Redman 

 

Inspiration:

 

“He is always near you and with you; leave Him not alone.”

Brother Lawrence 

17th Century 

 

Just think how you would have felt if you were Martha and after speaking with Jesus you were able to run quickly to your grieving sister with the grand news, ”The Master is come!” Those who had joined Mary in the family home to weep watched the interaction between the sisters and came up with the idea that Mary’s hasty departure meant she was going to the grave of her brother to weep. We are told in Scripture, however that Mary’s destination was at the feet of her Master. As J.R. Macduff so lovingly points out, Mary is “not away to the victim of death, but to the Lord of Life.”

 

In my study on this particular passage in Scripture, I came upon the sermon notes from a message delivered by one of my favorite old-time pastors, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In his eloquent style, he begins with the words of Scripture: “The Master.” He then continues by stating that the word, “Master” has a sweet ring. (Jesus) is the Master. He that is come is earth’s Master.”

 

However, it is the way Pastor Spurgeon personalizes the “Master’s” approach to the grieving Mary which should touch your heart and mine today: “What are your cares? (The Master) can relieve them. What are your troubles? (The Master) can overcome them, and sweep them out of the way. The Master has come. “Cast thy burden on the Lord: He will sustain thee’…The Master has come. Oh! lift thy head, thou daughter of Zion, for thy bands are broken. ‘The Master Is Come’ – does that not touch your soul? Whose Master is He but your own? And what a Master!…such a Master that His absolute sovereignty inspires you with sweetest confidence; for He binds you with the bonds of love…Master indeed is He!…How sweetly doth ‘my Master’ sound! ‘My Master.’ Why, if nothing else might move us to get up and run to meet Him, it should be the sound of that blessed word,  “‘The Master is here. the Master is come!’”

 

In my imagination, I can picture Mary, the quiet and shall we ever say, shy sister, taking off – running out of a room filled with sobbing voices. And the only question on the mourner’s lips is, “Where is she going?” Mary had only one thing on her agenda once she found out that her “Master” had arrived and He was asking to see her. Forget her reticent nature. Forget the fact that she might not be acting the way others thought she should. For when the “Master” of her life called her name, Mary didn’t let anything hold her back. I can really relate to the words J. R. Macduff chooses to describe this scene: “Mary’s procedure is a true type and picture of what the broken heart of the Christian feels. Not undervaluing human sympathy, yet, nevertheless, all the crowd of sympathizing friends; Jewish citizens; Bethany villagers – are nothing to her when she hears her Lord and Master has come!”

 

If you have found that the affliction you face, the pain you endure and the grief that grips your heart has in many ways locked you in a lonely place, where even the love of those you hold dear may not seem to reach, don’t forget, “The Master is come, and calleth for Thee!” As Pastor Macduff reminds us, “Yes! Thou poor weeping, disconsolate one, ‘the Master calleth for thee.’ Thee individually, as if thou stoodest the alone sufferer in a vast world. He wishes to pour His oil into thy wounded heart – to give thee some overwhelming proof and pledge of the love He bears thee in this thy sore trial. He has come to pour drops of comfort in the bitter cup – to ease thee of thy heavy burden. Go and learn what a kind, and gentle and gracious Master He is!” Go forth, Mary. Go forth, (your name), and meet your love-filled Master.

 

In the words of Charles Wesley, “Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high: Hide me, O my Savior hide. Till the storm of life is past! Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last!”

 

 

 

During the 1800’s, many beautiful Christian hymns were written including the treasure, “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee.” The text was penned by William Gladden and this song’s last verse encourages every person whom “The Master” calls today.

 

“In hope that sends a shining ray

Far down the future’s broadening way;

In peace that only Thou canst give,

With Thee, O Master, let me live.”

 

Affirmations:

 

“I heard the voice of Jesus say,

‘Come unto Me and rest;

Lay down, thou weary one,

Lay down thy head upon My breast.

I came to Jesus as I was,

Weary and worn and sad;

I found in Him a resting place,

and He has made me glad.”

Horatius Bonar

1808-1889 

 

“The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came unto Him” (John 11: 28-29). (K.J.V.)

 

“I will arise and go to Jesus.

He will embrace me in His arms,

In the arms of my dear Savior,

Oh, there are ten thousand charms.”

Joseph Hart 

1759

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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Encourage Yourself

by Lasserre Bradley, Jr.

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” (I Samuel 30:6).

 

David and his men arrived in Ziklag to discover the Philistines had burned the city and had taken their wives and children captive. They wept until they could weep no more. The apparent loss was overwhelming. In their grief and frustration the men blamed David and spoke of stoning him, but David encouraged himself in the Lord.  

 

Under God’s direction David then led a victorious march against the Philistines and recovered their wives and children without a single loss, but we want to give attention to David’s method of encouragement.  There was no friend at hand to encourage him; his own men had turned against him. But when it appeared everything was lost, he turned to God for his help.  He saw God as his God.  He did not consider God to be at such a distance that He would not come to his rescue.  He no doubt considered his many deliverances of the past and believed that as God had proven to be his help and refuge so often, He would not forsake him now.

 

You may have waited for someone to come and encourage you in your night of trouble, but no one has come. So you may ask, “How can I encourage myself.?” First consider that God is still on the throne. No matter how chaotic your life may be at the moment, God is still reigning. Secondly remember that daybreak may be just ahead. David and his men experienced the anguish of believing their families probably had been killed, but they were all recovered safely.  The old adage goes, “The darkest time of the night is just before dawn,” and dawn may soon be breaking for you.

 

But even if your circumstances do not change and you have suffered some permanent loss—you are not alone.  The Lord has promised not to leave you or forsake you. He will go with you through the deepest valleys and the coldest waters. Further you can also encourage yourself by remembering that trials are for a good purpose.  The trials themselves and burdensome and distasteful but the end in view is good as God teaches you more of your weakness and more of His strength.

 

But the question may be asked, “What if my present difficulties are a restul of my own failure and sin?” You can still encourage yourself in the Lord because He is the God of hope. Sin can never be defended or excused but it can be forgiven. Surely you can already see the mercy of God in your life and can believe that His mercy endures for ever. So today be encouraged, encourage yourself in the Lord.

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