Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Security and Completeness....in Him

Hehe...taking a break off study now =) Taking my thoughts off the New Zealand Health System for a while >.< Was just reading a few blogs (not a few...actually, quite a lot...that's the distraction when you connect to the internet and you use your laptop to type out your notes =P), and sort of made me think about a few things, and one of the things is completeness in God, and in Him alone.

I remember sometime ago I was having a talk with a dear friend, and we were saying how girls tend to feel complete only after they find their other half, and that they somehow think that they will only be at their best once they find a boyfriend / husband. And we were talking somewhere along the lines of seeking completeness and full security in our heavenly Father.

And I was just reading "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. And one of the things that struck me was the lie that "God is not really enough". Quoting from the book:

"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 problem; but it doesn't speak to my issues, my needs, my relationships, my situation.

Sure I need God. But I need Him plus close friends; I need Him plus good health; I need Him plus a husband; 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 / dyer, a garage and a fresh paint job.

Do you really believe that if you have God you have enough? Or are we looking to other things and people t fill the empty places of our hearts – food, shopping, friends, hobbies, vacations, our job or our family?”

I remember there was one point in my life I had to let go of something that forms part of my identity, something that sort of defines who I am for a very long time, something that “completes” me. And I suddenly lost it, I don’t know who am I supposed to be, and without that title on me, I don’t know where my foundation is. It is true that they say situations break you down so that God can build you up again, totally brand new, with a new heart and new attitude =)

And when you’re totally submitted to Him, it’s amazing how He sees your heart and that He blesses you with something that’s even heaps better! =D With Las drilling into my head everyday to put God as top priority and love Him above everything else (even though sometimes he said the right things at the wrong time – I feel like ahhhhhh!!! =P), I am really learning to find my completeness in Him, and nothing else – not boyfriend, not friends, not school work, not fame, not ministry.

Looking back, I am grateful that I was broken before, because God’s work was most evident in my life then. With that, I can truly say that I am complete and accepted in Christ. Of course, there are still times when I struggle, but Psalm 23 reminds me that “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. Claiming His truth everyday in my life, it’s a process, and He helps me along the way.

It’s true that I am a daughter, I am a sister, I am a girlfriend, I am a friend, I am a lifegroup leader, I am a law / economics student – and all that is good, but above all else, I am God’s child, I am a Christ follower – and that is the identity that I want to hold onto more than anything else and pray that my life does reflect the love and mercy that He has shown me.

“Yet we – fallen, condemned, unworthy sinners – can stand before God clean and unashamed, acceptable in His sight. How? Because Jesus – the pure, sinless Son of God – is acceptable to Him, and we stand in Him.”

It’s been a long time that I felt such peace =) Such… overwhelmed by His presence =)

Okay enough thinking already! Need to get back into the battlefield of trying to memorise how the NZ health system works >.< All the best for studies people!! =)


Blogger 12uth said...

:) Just what I need to hear at this point in time. Thanks Jess.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Ruthie: we all need a reminder like that from time to time :) all the best for exams!! (even though you start so late =P) *hugzzz*

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow..that's so true..>< just have to believe..thanks for that! =)

5:44 AM  

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