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Is God enough? It is a question that life constantly brings me back to. If I lost EVERYTHING that I deem of value to me, immense value, top value, the tangible stuff like my husband, my adult children, my home, even my health, money…if all that was gone, what would be left? God. And despite the evidence that may to some minds point to the contrary, a God who loves me more fully and completely than any one else ever could and a God who if I have lost everything, has allowed it to be so.
Through different circumstances in my life I have learned that not only is God enough, but He has to be. If He is not, than I clearly am putting something in front of Him in importance and value (also known as an idol.)
It takes effort, a conscious choice, to stay in that truth. Do I get the intensity of what God did for me in salvation? What did He do? What was I given? Who am I?
I was designed for more than pursuing things or pleasure. We can keep pursuing, we can have more and more, but yet, we will never find relief or full satisfaction through people, through possessions, through activities. We may think we are, but it still does not satisfy that hole deep within. Our behaviors show that to be true. Take a close look, an honest look, at yourself and your habits and behaviors.
So, back to God. God has given me an inheritance, that I possess right now, in a down payment form of sorts. The fullness will be mine in completion when the time comes. It is huge, it is of more value than anything else. And if I choose to focus on it, all else fades away. That doesn’t mean that these other things are not important, God gave them to me, to enjoy. They are gifts from Him. BUT, should they go, one thing will always remain. THIS!
I have God’s unbreakable promise that I will receive my full inheritance. This inheritance and as the meaning of it as my understanding, knowledge, heart, mind comes to know it more and more, deeper and deeper, is an energizer, as the entire purpose for my existence here on earth takes on a new meaning and purpose. And it is in this focus that more and more I grasp that God is and will always be, enough no matter WHAT happens in my natural life. Let’s take a look.
- My destination when I die here on earth, is now to everlasting life with God. Heaven (Colossians 1:10-14).
- The flesh (my sin nature) is crucified through the cross of Christ (Galatians 5:24).
- I am dead in the sense that my old unbelieving self (soul) has died (Romans 7:1-6, Romans 8:2,4).
- My old stony heart has been removed and has been replaced with a new heart of flesh (soft, pliable) with God’s laws written on it (Deuteronomy 30:6, Jeremiah 24:7, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:3).
- I have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
- I am a new creation, a new soul (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- My source of strength is “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is why the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)!
- I have an incredibly beautiful new identity, for here and for eternity. My inheritance!
I, Diane, am strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued me from the domain of darkness, and transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And although I was formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled me in His fleshly body through death, in order to present me before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach if indeed I continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that I have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven. I was washed, I was sanctified, I was justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Therefore as I have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so I walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in my faith, just as I was instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. In Christ I have been made complete. When I was dead in my transgressions and the uncircumcision of my flesh, He made me alive together with Him, having forgiven me all my transgressions. God has given me a new heart, and put a new spirit within me: His Spirit. My life now is walking out (experientially here on earth) what has already been credited to my account (positional identity in Jesus); empowered, energized, enabled, excited by that new heart and God’s Spirit put in me! Therefore, my beloved (God says to me) as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Romans 3:21-26; Colossians 1:10-14; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Colossians 2:6-15; Colossians 2:6-15; Romans 8; Ezekiel 36:26-29; Philippians 2:12-13)Is God enough for me? Absolutely! No matter what happens to me in this life. Scary sentiment on the one hand. And yet, even in the Tanakh (Old Testament) there is a powerful illustration of that through Job.
I pray for you, and I, to be brought deeper and deeper in understanding and immersion in God’s gospel. Jesus is truly our all in all, for those who believe.