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LOSING DESPERATION

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:28

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,…” Hebrews 12:2

One of the endless blessings the Lord has given me is desperation. It may not feel good; it’s incredibly and sometimes indescribably hard in fact. But oh what a blessing it is! I’ve struggled every day of my life for so exceedingly long that I am ever desperate. For love, hope, help, support, peace, comfort, direction, wisdom, mercy, compassion, friendship, fellowship, teaching, growth, healing, deliverance, stability, security, protection, provision, protection, wholeness, and the list goes on. Now that I know the answer to all of this need and desperation is the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s ways, I am continually desperate for more of Jesus.

Something unbelievably dangerous I’ve noticed about people sometimes is what happens when they lose their desperation. Sometimes they lose their hunger and thirst for the Lord. They cry out to Him and follow after Him when they’re desperate for help and hope and one thing or another, but as soon as they’ve gotten past whatever trial they’ve faced, they seem to lose interest in the Lord. They become less devoted, less committed, less dedicated. If they even bother to think of the Lord at all anymore. They somehow skillfully nonchalantly place Him on the back burner of life.

Friend, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t a temporary deal. It’s forever. And our commitment to Him shouldn’t be limited to crying out to Him only when we’re desperate. It should be about being devoted to Him and His ways each and every day no matter whether we’re going through incredibly hard times or totally wonderful times or somewhere in between.

We should be desperate for Jesus no matter what. For He is the beginning and end of our faith, He is our reason for being, and it is in Him and through Him and for Him we should live the lives He so blessedly gives us.

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