Friday, February 25, 2011

What Does Desperation Look Like?

In my post on Monday, I asked if we are really desperate for God.   I wrote that post because I don't think I am desperate for God; not really desperate.  So I want to know what desperation for God looks like. 

In the Gospel of Mark, we read the account of a woman with the issue of blood.  We don't know exactly what was wrong with her, but we know she had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.  (Mark 5:25)  This condition made her ritually unclean.  According to Jewish law, if you were unclean, you had to avoid social contact.  And anyone who touched her (or that she touched) also became ritually unclean.  (Leviticus 15:19)  This unclean woman was willing to risk everything to get to Jesus.  She was desperate.  

Are you willing to risk everything to get to Jesus?

In our Bible study the other night, we were talking about giving up certain types of food in order to become healthier and grow closer to God.  It was said, I could never give up carbs, sweet, soda, dairy, etc.  Maybe you feel that way too about certain foods.  Or maybe, for you, it's something like the tv, computer, your phone, or shopping. What about your family?  If I said that you could NEVER have ________ (fill in the blank) again, would you break out in a cold sweat?  

Do you feel the same way about Jesus?

Do you stop eating on the weekend?  I bet that answer is no.  You wouldn't think of going the entire weekend without food.  

Do you go the weekend without spending time with Jesus?

Have you been in that place where there's no money and lots of bills?  Have you received that foreclosure or repossession notice?  Have you received that dreaded diagnosis from the doctor?  Have life circumstances left you feeling desperate?

Do you really feel that same way about Jesus?

We know that we need Jesus, but do we really live that way?  I don't.  Not all the time.

Maybe all this is coming from a longing for more of Jesus.  I want to feel like the woman in Mark - that I'm willing to risk everything to get to Him. 

So, what does being desperate for Jesus look like to you?  I really want to know. 
 

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.

13 comments:

  1. "Do you stop eating on the weekend? I bet that answer is no. You wouldn't think of going the entire weekend without food.

    Do you go the weekend without spending time with Jesus?"


    Can I just say "OUCH!" That hit me like a ton of bricks. Thank you for this reminder that if He is God of anything, He must be God of ALL! I'm prodded to do better on the weekends! Thank you.

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  2. When I think of true desperation, I think of the people who meet in underground churches that have the constant threat of someone catching them and imprisoning them or killing them. But they meet anyway because they are desperate to know more about Him.
    Wow! Am I that desperate? No. Do I want to be? Yes. I've made it a matter of prayer for Him to make His word and my relationship with Him the desire of my heart. I am desperate to be desperate for Him!
    I can see Him working on me and I continue to seek Him.

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  3. Wow, Lisa, this is so good... convicting and thought provoking. It's true, we eat, we live... we move on constantly without Jesus. I know I carry Him with me in whatever I do and honestly He is at the forefront of my mind... most of the time... but still I can't shake the feeling that it should be more than it is. Maybe we'll always feel this way? Maybe it's what keeps us seeking and longing as you said for more of Him? Blessings for your weekend ahead!

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  4. I am thinking about how many times I wanted to solve my problems by myself and my way. Or the times when I make big decisions my way and not seek His wisdom and direction. What about the times I was in a hurry to do something and did not take time for Him...
    Great thought provoking post Lisa.

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  5. Encouraging post! I have felt 'desperate' for many things, but have I ever felt truly desperate for Christ? I want that 'NEED GOD' feeling. That 'I'll do anything for Him' feeling. Thanks for this encouragement!

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  6. I love this, today I'm desperate. I know I'm desperate because I feel like I can't take one more breath, one more step without knowing Jesus is right next to me. I'm desperate for hope, desperate to feel His hand in mine. I want to feel like this at all times 24/7 but sad to say I don't, but I'm learning and I know He will honor our plea for more of Him.

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  7. Your post made me think of the song Breathe. One of the verses says "I am desperate for You" God so desires for us to realize our great need for him all the time...not just when we are in the valley. I desire to be desperate for Him but I have to remember to make Him a priority every day!

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  8. I enjoyed reading your post today. I had to smile because recently I gave up chocolate for one week and discovered how addicted I really am. Your post gave me food for thought on my own struggles physically.
    Right now we are reading the New Testament in our church and I have been enjoying it very much this year. When I think of the poor woman who had such faith that she knew if she touched the Savior's robe; she would be healed. In our family we have had many miracles brought about through faith. I can say that I have a deep faith in my Savior Jesus Christ and I seriously do not know what my life would be like without that faith.
    Check out my Living WAters Blog;
    http://lgwilliams.blogspot.com

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  9. I want to know it too, Lisa. We are probably crawling closer to that place through trials. It takes a lot for God to wrench away from me everything that is between Him and me. Ouch, is right.

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  10. Wow Lisa, this was excellent. I think in many cases we take for granted the relationship we have with God, when in fact we really should be desperate for drawing closer to Him all the time.

    Lots to pray on here... Thank you.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  11. Wow Lisa, this was excellent. I think in many cases we take for granted the relationship we have with God, when in fact we really should be desperate for drawing closer to Him all the time.

    Lots to pray on here... Thank you.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  12. I love this, today I'm desperate. I know I'm desperate because I feel like I can't take one more breath, one more step without knowing Jesus is right next to me. I'm desperate for hope, desperate to feel His hand in mine. I want to feel like this at all times 24/7 but sad to say I don't, but I'm learning and I know He will honor our plea for more of Him.

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  13. When I think of true desperation, I think of the people who meet in underground churches that have the constant threat of someone catching them and imprisoning them or killing them. But they meet anyway because they are desperate to know more about Him.
    Wow! Am I that desperate? No. Do I want to be? Yes. I've made it a matter of prayer for Him to make His word and my relationship with Him the desire of my heart. I am desperate to be desperate for Him!
    I can see Him working on me and I continue to seek Him.

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