Are You Hungry?

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Appetite can be a dangerous thing for those who lack discipline.   I love food and don’t make exercise a priority, so I’m overweight. No big shock there. I could eat less and exercise more, but that would mean I’d have to give up something I really like for something I really don’t want to do.

Do you find yourself in the same situation? How about other appetites? There is a cause and effect to all of them.

There are consequence for overdoing. Sometimes giving in just once has dire consequences. Especially if you hunger alcohol, drugs, or sex. (click to tweet)  

I understand the desire to come home and relax with a drink. But there’s danger in putting your trust in alcohol to bring a sense of peace and relaxation. Drugs can help us heal and ease out pain when used appropriately. Used illegally, or abused, we can grow dependent on their effects. Sex is beautiful in the context of marriage. Outside of that context, it can destroy.

I like the taste of alcohol. I will go even farther and say I like the way it makes me feel. But I had to stop drinking altogether for a couple of reasons. I have a long and terrible family history involving alcohol. Both grandfathers and a step-grandfather were alcoholics, my father was an alcoholic and killed two people, using alcohol as part of his defense. The other reason was that I was beginning to enjoy it a bit too much. It’s easy to fall in love with that which tastes and feels good.

Marijuana wasn’t a big deal for me to quit. Though I loved the smell and taste (yes, I inhaled), it made my stomach hurt. Acid, aka LSD, was an interesting experience. But I didn’t like feeling its effects 3 days later. Tobacco was my drug of choice. I still love the smell of cigarettes. Didn’t think I’d go there did you? Might as well be honest, right? I used to smoke a pack a day, sometimes more. I loved smoke break time at work, smoking while driving, after meals, the first one in the morning, the last at night. I loved smoking. This one I stopped because I’ve had asthma since I was a child. Smoking and asthma don’t get along. Another reason I stopped was that it controlled me. I didn’t just like to smoke, I had to smoke.

I could write about my personal experiences with sex, but I don’t want to and you don’t want to know. Trust me. I will just say that I know from experience that sex is easy to confuse with love. Sex can offer a counterfeit sense of closeness and relationship with other people. Uncontrolled sex can be addicting. It can cause children to grow up without fathers, break up families, bring disease and even death.

God offers so much more than temporal things can offer.  Through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, we not only have eternal life, but the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that offers everlasting comfort and strength.

In John 6:35 “…Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

Trusting in the power of Jesus to save and help is safe. It is in His Words that we find true fulfillment. Drinking from the waters of eternal life, quenches our soul like nothing else on earth can.

Are you hungry? Don’t trust in things that can destroy your body and your life. Trust in Jesus Christ, the “bread of life.”

Live your lives as a song for God.

Don, donterry@ising4God.com

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Searching for a Feeling

Emotions are an enemy.

The searching for a feeling can lead to addiction and death.

It was alcohol that killed both my grandfathers, and an uncle.  In my father’s murder defense trial, he used being drunk as a defense.  When he was younger, he lost his marriage of twelve years because he could not stop seeing other women.  Drug abuse killed my aunt.

The one thing all these family members had in common was an insatiable need for a feeling.

Even with such a history, there were times when I sought a feeling of joy through other things.   I’ve nearly poisoned my blood with alcohol, lost my sense of reality on drugs and inappropriately indulged in sex.

King Solomon overindulged as part of a quest for wisdom.   What was my excuse?  I wanted to feel!

It is tempting to seek a feeling of joy, rather than to make joy a decision.

Joy is not a feeling gained from something else.  It is a state of being.(click to tweet)

Just like peace and love.  We can decide to have joy, be at peace and to love regardless of any circumstance.  We accomplish this by seeing these as more than feelings.  Peace, love and joy can become part of our souls.  But, this can only be accomplished by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God.

What are you doing to bring peace and joy in your life?

We all have times when we lose our focus and forget the joy, peace and love we have by God’s grace.

Even King David asked God in Psalm 51:12 to “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” (NKJV)

Are there things or substances, other than those your body needs, that you can’t do without on a regular basis?

Do you drink alcohol occasionally?  Or, do you feel that alcohol fills the emptiness in your soul?

Are you taking prescription medications? Or, do drugs give you a feeling you can’t live without?

Do you eat because your body needs to?  Or do you eat for comfort?

Are you enjoying the pleasures of the world?  Or are they controlling you?

Some concentrate on a particular substance and say that it is wrong.

But, what I think is more important is concentrating on the frequency and your motivation being taking it in.  In my experience, addiction and death have taken those who use substances to get a feeling they don’t know how to get elsewhere.  Some have simply forgotten and gone back to the counterfeit.

If you find that something is controlling you, make the decision to root it out of your life.

Anything can take our focus off the joy of our salvation, even religion.

Karl Marx said in a critique against religion that, “Religion is the opium of the people.”

Religion is no more the answer to achieving an inner sense of joy than alcohol, drugs, food, or anything else.

One can try to use religion to bring fulfillment, just like they can use anything else.

Assurance in God’s salvation and presence creates enduring joy. (click to tweet)

Relationship is the key.   It is when we learn to live in God’s joy that we are able keep from trying to find that feeling through destructive behavior.

Determine today to live in the joy of your salvation.

Will you ask God today to restore the joy of your salvation?

If you don’t have a relationship with God, will you seek Him today?  Don’t trust in a counterfeit to fill your soul.  They will leave you empty and wanting more.

God will not leave you wanting.  God is waiting.

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