From an early age I began praying, “Lord Jesus, save me and forgive me.” While trusting Him I have sought to honor him in my earthly pursuits. Through the years I have sought to be successful for Him of course, and hoped to be able to enjoy the finer things of life. But neither marrying my dream wife, nor having amazing kids, nor working my dream job, nor enjoying incredible vacations, has ever brought the sense of meaning and fulfillment that I though it would. Paul David Tripp says, “God (is the only place) where my heart will be satisfied… The heart of every human being looks for pleasure, fulfillment… because the heart of every human being is looking for God… Physical pleasures… are like the sign that points me to Disney World. When I see the first sign… I don’t stop there and have my vacation, because a sign is not the thing – a sign points me to the thing. I go on to Disney World and I have an awesome vacation.” I’ve been to Disney almost every year of my life – it’s one of my favorite places – but even Disney has not brought satisfaction that can last the trip home. Disney is an amazing pleasure of this life that is a road sign pointing us to the ever more amazing pleasure and satisfaction we are to find in Christ. “All my life I had a longing for a drink from some clear spring, that I hoped would quench the burning of the thirst I felt within. Hallelujah! I have found Him whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies my longings, through His blood I now am saved.” Bill Gaither
But how do you find this satisfaction and pleasure in the Lord? So many times following Jesus through the years I have found myself in a valley of loss and trouble. It’s dark sometimes, and full of fear. But I have met Him in the valley. And I have learned to abide in His anointing. I John 2:27 talks about this anointing saying, “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” His anointing has taught me the way and leads me through every time.
Do you want to find Him whom your soul has craved? Do you want to find the satisfaction to all your longings?!
How about you join me for family devotions tonight? No I’m not hosting a Facebook live… But you can take a Bible and read aloud I John 2:27 with your loved ones.
Then you can pray aloud with me…. “Lord Jesus, please save me and forgive me of my sins. You promised in your Word that you would baptize or immerse us continually in the person of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8, Eph. 5:18), and I want the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) with me today. I want to abide in your anointing Lord Jesus! Abiding in your anointing is all I need. When we’re in the valley or the enemy attacks, Lord we know you surround your servants (Psalm 34:7). We know you’ll provide everything we need (Romans 8:32, 2 Peter 1:3). Lord we know you deliver us from every fear (Ps 34:4). Lord we know you promised that those who take refuge in You will not be condemned (Ps 34:22), but You will deliver them from all their troubles (Ps 34:19). Lord Jesus we magnify you (Ps 34:3) in our family, and pray that the goodness of God will pass before us (Ex 33:19) in ways that we will never forget. We pray that our loved ones will taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8). Lord we abide in Your anointing. Lord we bless You at all times (Ps 34:1) and our faces are radiant (Ps 34:5) with Your goodness in our lives. We have tasted and seen that You are good and we praise You. You’re a good God and we love You. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Please play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfW2mkkMTAg