Thirsty?

Are you thirsty? Thirsty for success, significance, sex? The

thirst is legitimate, but we get in trouble when we use

illegitimate tactics or means to quench the thirst. What’s

illegitimate? It may be legal, but if the action displeases God

it’s illegitimate in His eyes. And what He sees and says…counts.

So how do we quench our thirsts…fulfill those longings and

desires that at times seem uncontrollable? We drink of Him,

Christ. He said, “If you drink of me, you will never thirst again!”

Folks are looking for a drug that will do that. A sexual

experience that will do that. Enough money to fulfill every

fantasy. This thirst quencher is FREE! All one has to do is

come with an empty cup (you can’t fill something that’s

already full) and say, Jesus, I need you. I want you. You have

what I need. If you can quench my thirst, I’m willing to try

you. Here’s my life. Fill me with you.”

It’s not just a one time filling, though, just like we don’t eat one

meal and say that’s it, I don’t need to eat any more. No, we eat

several meals a day, not to mention the snacking. Some of us

drink  multiple cups of coffee a day.

This is a continual refilling of our cup…of His flavor.

I love doing this in the early morning. Starting my day,

offering my cup to Him, emptying myself of myself,

 acknowledging His Lordship, His rule in my life, and in the

 Universe. I take my mind off of me and place it on Him…

His sovereignty, His greatness, His awesomeness. My

problems seem small when I do this. I meditate on His

 Words before I hear other’s words.

I need to get His perspective on life before I read the day’s

latest news. I plug into His agenda for my life. I find that when

I feast on Him, eat His words, drink of His unfailing love, and

take in as much as I can…I am FULL.

What difference does this make? A lot. If I am full of Him

and satisfied by Him, it makes it easy to say “No” to illicit

lovers, quick thrills, quick schemes, prideful thoughts,

depression. I’m full. I’m satisfied. I’m not needy. I don’t leave

the house looking for love in all the wrong places. I’m full of

 love…pure love. I’m full of joy. I’m full of contentment.

This offer of getting your thirst quenched is available to

anyone.

I thought about it this way this morning. Remember when you

were a kid and sports groups were forming and the captains of

the teams were choosing players. Maybe you weren’t a very

good athlete and you’re standing there hoping and praying that

somebody would pick you? Everybody knows you aren’t

very good. All you want is not to be left there standing alone.

Picture this scenario…Jesus walks on the scene and says,

I pick you (and He points to you!). In fact, He picks you, not

last, but first. You can’t believe it. Everybody around you know

you blew the last game! Jesus knows that too. But that doesn’t

matter. He specializes in choosing the broken, the downcast,

the depressed, the drugged out, the sexed out, the bottomed

out and says…I want You on my team. I can resurrect

whatever is dead, restore what is broken, make dreams come

true. Just follow me, drink of me daily…and you will

NEVER thirst again.

Expecting great things of God,

Cheryl

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