Monday, February 21, 2011

Desperation

Yesterday at church, we sang the song, I Need You More
More than the air I breathe,
More than the song I sing,
More than my next heartbeat,
More than anything.

Have you ever held your breath?  My kids and I were recently having a contest to see how long we could hold our breath.  As I sat there with nose plugged and mouth closed watching the seconds pass by, my lungs began to burn and my heart beat faster.  Finally the need for air became more overwhelming than my need to win a contest.  I was desperate for air.   

We need air to live.  If our heart stops beating, we will not survive.  Do we have that same desperation for God?  Do we really need Him to survive? 

In his book, Radical, David Platte tells of spending time in Asia with believers meeting in secret home churches.  These men and women took great risks to come together and study the Bible.  They were willing to risk EVERYTHING to know God more. 

What have we risked today?

When I was having that contest with my kids, I wanted to win.  I wanted to be able to say that I could hold my breath the longest.  But desperation overcame will.

Has your desperation for God surpassed your desire to be in control?  

I wonder . . . Has God become more of something we do, then Someone we Need?






Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:15-16
15.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16.  Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.

9 comments:

  1. I NEED God! I am desperate for Him. I crave Him and want Him. I need Him more, more than anything in this world. Love this song, one of my many faves.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am desperate for Him to survive... I've got some risking to do today. Some things I'm not letting go of and He's not letting me get away with it. Thanks for breathing conviction and encouragement into my heart today. Great post :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I need God more than anything. There are times I cry out for Him just because I want to feel Him. I like the way you have put the two together. It is always nice to win and we are all winners when we know the Lord. Thanks for a great post, Lisa. Blessings to you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great post. I was recently thinking about the same thing. We can't see the oxygen we breathe in order to sustain our life. But we need it. Similiarly, we can't see Him except through our faith and we trust that He will sustain us!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Like the air we breathe, I can't begin to imagine life without Him, His saving grace or His comfort. Thank you for this great post.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The further I travel in this life, the more I realize that I need Him. He is my everything, my reason for living.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The further along His Path I proceed, the more I understand just how all-encompassing He really is. I'm dependent on God in my life, and quite happy to shout it out!

    Thank you for a wonderful reminder Lisa, and have a Blessed Day!

    ReplyDelete
  8. The further along His Path I proceed, the more I understand just how all-encompassing He really is. I'm dependent on God in my life, and quite happy to shout it out!

    Thank you for a wonderful reminder Lisa, and have a Blessed Day!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am desperate for Him to survive... I've got some risking to do today. Some things I'm not letting go of and He's not letting me get away with it. Thanks for breathing conviction and encouragement into my heart today. Great post :)

    ReplyDelete