Only Jesus

Only Jesus January 6, 2014

“Only Jesus”, I read these two words quite often in the types of books and blogs I frequent, but for whatever reason, they echoed down the halls of my heart when I read them earlier this week.  I couldn’t begin to remember which site I was on, but they spoke to me in a much more significant way.

Look at the story of the woman at the well (Jn. 4:4-26).  She tried multiple times to fill her heart with illegitimate relationships, only to realize that the only One who could fill her heart, ease her mind, and satisfy her soul was Jesus.  She reminds me of each of us who have ever been addicted to porn or sex.  Trying to find total fulfillment in a moment of steamy passion with another person will fail ever single time.  No one else on Earth can make a life complete.  Only Jesus.

There’s the stories of multiple rock stars, movie stars, and others who have had easy access to various kinds of mind-altering drugs, trying to fill a void  or be “taken away”, even if only for a moment.  I’m thankful for the stories of those who later realized that getting out of their current circumstance and experiencing true freedom comes from only one relationship.  Only Jesus.

  • Only Jesus can give lasting joy and peace.
  • Only Jesus can heal a broken heart.
  • Only Jesus can give Hope to the Hell you’re walking through.

No house or car, no relationship, no amount of fortune or fame, nothing can give your life worth.  Only Jesus.  No book, no amount of meditation, no number of days in rehab, no psychiatrist, and no twelve-step program can give you all the answers.  Only Jesus.  As we stammer and struggle to fill every void in our hearts, there is only one single thing that can transform our situation.  Only Jesus.

If you have “too much on your plate” and are “burning the candle at both ends” constantly, I pray that today you will be greatly encouraged.  I ask that the “peace I leave with you” (Jn. 14:27), which Jesus promised us, will wrap up your heart today and that you will soak up and breathe-in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

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  • LOVE the new look of your blog! … and of course what you blog about 🙂 Thanks for continuing to share from your faith-walk and the grace the Lord has shed into your life!!! Blessings to you as you glorify Jesus in your blogs and write about what He puts on your heart!

    • Aw shucks, Heidi. Thanks!!! I am really thrilled with the work Dennis did. If you don’t already, I would strongly encourage you to check out his blog at http://www.behonestordie.com He’s a beast!

      And thanks for all your compliments. I have struggled for quite a while with doing too many things and none of them to the level of excellence they deserve. This year, I am trying to narrow my focus and make it much more about Grace is Messy. Our God is so good, isn’t He?! 🙂

      • He is indeed so good! Recently, He reminded me of how frail my own attempts are and how big He is. It’s actually kind of silly to think we can do anything for Him … when all along He is asking us to join Him in HIS doings … I pray you rest securely with and in Christ as He takes your on the adventures of HIS workings … Blessings to you, brother!

  • LOVE the new look of your blog! … and of course what you blog about 🙂 Thanks for continuing to share from your faith-walk and the grace the Lord has shed into your life!!! Blessings to you as you glorify Jesus in your blogs and write about what He puts on your heart!

    • Aw shucks, Heidi. Thanks!!! I am really thrilled with the work Dennis did. If you don’t already, I would strongly encourage you to check out his blog at http://www.behonestordie.com He’s a beast!

      And thanks for all your compliments. I have struggled for quite a while with doing too many things and none of them to the level of excellence they deserve. This year, I am trying to narrow my focus and make it much more about Grace is Messy. Our God is so good, isn’t He?! 🙂

      • He is indeed so good! Recently, He reminded me of how frail my own attempts are and how big He is. It’s actually kind of silly to think we can do anything for Him … when all along He is asking us to join Him in HIS doings … I pray you rest securely with and in Christ as He takes your on the adventures of HIS workings … Blessings to you, brother!

  • Nice one Steve, as always.

    You are right, as someone that daily faces the struggle of rejecting porn in my life, I can say, it is so much easier if I have made the time to start my day right, with Jesus, than when I have such a busy day, that I do not make the time to spend in the Word.

    Only Jesus can fill that void!!!

    • Oh, how I understand, my dear friend. We still need to have coffee and a good Skype chat. We have much to talk about and I just know it would be a wonderful time. I hope your vacation was a great success.

      • unsafechallenge

        Hey Steve. That Skype convo will happen soon, and has to. The vacation was great fun, just a pity it is over now again.

  • Nice one Steve, as always.

    You are right, as someone that daily faces the struggle of rejecting porn in my life, I can say, it is so much easier if I have made the time to start my day right, with Jesus, than when I have such a busy day, that I do not make the time to spend in the Word.

    Only Jesus can fill that void!!!

    • Oh, how I understand, my dear friend. We still need to have coffee and a good Skype chat. We have much to talk about and I just know it would be a wonderful time. I hope your vacation was a great success.

      • unsafechallenge

        Hey Steve. That Skype convo will happen soon, and has to. The vacation was great fun, just a pity it is over now again.