In this week’s video we discuss how nothing in this world can meet our need for God. And as we look at the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well, we learn that not only is God able to satisfy but is anxiously waiting to fulfill all our desires with good things. What’s on your heart today Beloved? I hope you find all that you need in Jesus Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing all my needs and fulfilling my deepest need for You. I pray I continue to seek You for all my needs, satisfaction and fulfillment. You are able. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.
Read Today’s Message
Had Jesus performed the miracle at the suggestion of Satan in Matthew 4:1-11, had he ate the bread, He would have placed trust in the physical to win a spiritual battle and He would have lost. Now you might be wondering, is it really that wrong to eat bread? No. But for Jesus it was not time to eat. It was not God’s will for Him to eat right now. Once the devil leaves we read that angels come and minister to Jesus. His time to eat was soon coming but it was not now at the suggestion of the enemy.
I wonder how many of you are dealing with this temptation. To do something before it’s time. I wonder how many of us fall into this temptation, we get tired of waiting on God and since we have the power to take matters into our own hands we do, but we do so out of the will of God. I wonder how many of us, had we simply waited on God would quickly realize that God was right around the corner of our temptation. That we did not need to take matters into our own hands that we did not need to force a situation.
But here is Satan appealing to our flesh, appealing to our desire to live for ourselves. And here is Jesus showing us that God is the only one who can truly satisfy us. That our life is not from this world, therefore this world cannot satisfy us.
Jesus teaches this same lesson to a woman He meets at a well. Let me share the story with you from John 4:7-15:
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” – John 4:7-15 NIV
This woman came to the well looking to satisfy her physical need for water not realizing she has come face to face with the One who can satisfy her greater spiritual need for God. When Jesus says, if you knew who I was you would be asking me for living water, He is explaining the same principle that He shows us in the wilderness by not turning the rock into bread. That God is greater than our physical needs, because not only can he support our physical He also supports our greater spiritual need for Him. And this woman needed God. But she did not understand what Jesus was saying. She was so busy looking at the physical she almost missed being filled spiritually. Let’s not let that be us. Let’s not be so focused on money, or titles or popularity or looks that we miss the greater spiritual satisfaction that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
See, the enemy wants you to stay focused on the things of this world. He wants to fool you into thinking that they can truly satisfy you, that they can complete you and make you joyful and whole. But they can’t. Only God can do that. Your spouse, your kids, your career, education, and bank account; they are not bad things, but they cannot fulfill you. They cannot fill the God sized whole in your soul. That feeling you get sometime like something is missing in your life that confuses you. That, although things are well and you have all you need but it still does not seen enough, that’s God’s nudge to you as a reminder that you desperately need Him. This world is not enough but God is enough.
But the enemy wants you to think that God is not enough. That you can have God but you still need this world too. You need that boyfriend, or lifestyle or paycheck to be satisfied. Many appreciate God for inspiration on Sunday but have fallen into the lie that He cannot satisfy Monday through Saturday in all areas of our lives. But this too is a lie.
Psalm 107:9 tells us the truth:
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. – Psalm 107:9 NIV
God knows what you need, and He knows what you need most. If you crave the things of this world it is not because God is not enough, it’s not because God can’t satisfy you, it might be because you have believed the lie that God is not enough and you have made it a practice to fill your desires with this world and not God alone.
I need to make this personal now. Do you truly believe God is enough? Do you truly believe that He alone can satisfy you? Can you turn down the bread of this world to accept the bread of Life? Are you surviving on plain water or are you refreshed from the Living water of having a relationship with Jesus Christ? The truth is God is enough, but as much as I can tell you that, I cannot make you believe it. But I encourage you to take God at His word. If He says He’s enough, if He says he can satisfy and fulfill and bless you with every spiritual blessing then let’s let go of this world, let’s step out on faith and let’s live like we believe God.
It ain’t over yet, let’s keep this conversation going. Comment below and let me know, how has God helped to fill the voids you face in your life?
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