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Topic: FIZZLE (06/09/16)
- TITLE: Empty Promises
By Ramona Cook
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I love seeing the fire works on July 4th. Vision and hearing are impressed with the crackling of the flare and wow, what a beautiful sight, and then it is gone and another one must fill the empty void.
There are more than a few experiences in our lives that have the same effect upon us; short lived pleasures that pop with a wow, and then they leave a void that needs a replacement of the pleasure.
It is human, all this experience, and yet it is necessary that we identify the thieves of our time, and that we catch the tricks that keep us looking for fulfillment in things that quickly go away.
Unlike the fireworks on July 4th, too many of the experiences we seek leave permanent damage and there was never a point of satiation.
There are also some necessary repeated life experiences that are never going to be completely fulfilled with a final end in sight, such as eating for one example.
Every day of my life I have eaten, but even in the same day need to eat again. That is healthy. There is a facet of problem in the normality of food consumption however, when we seek for comfort from what we consume.
Everyone who has ever had a problem with weight gain is well aware of how the self-imposed trick works.
After I was married a few years and found that my marriage relationship was not what I had envisioned and it was not satisfactory to me, I would often sooth my hurt feelings with something I loved, a chocolate bar.
However, when the last taste of the chocolate had faded, I still had the problem.
True, I could find momentary pleasure in consuming another chocolate bar but the end result was to compound an unhappy soul with yet another harsh result, being overweight.
God has given us many Scriptures to help us work a solution for our problems in ways that are healthy and that never load yet another burden on us.
In the beginning of looking to Scriptures and the Holy Spirit to help us come to a place that enables us to find release from our source of bondage, whether it is a person, or a substance, or even food, we may not immediately experience the wow moment of joyful comfort, and then possibly we could, but the end result is finding a place of retreat; a Place to which we may retreat and find the oil of gladness is spread upon our heads, and we discover that our Source of comfort is truly the uplifting confirmation of the Holy Spirit; Who never disappoints us. There is not to be found anywhere on earth a more lasting and satisfying experience.
But be alert to the fact that even to that Place we will come again and again. The difference is, in that Source is freedom, solace, and unspeakable happiness, deliverance, healing for inside and outside hurts, removal of scars from the past, and Life eternal with God forever.
When we grow tired of the promises of things that leave us placid and empty when it promised activity, then we need to call on Jesus. He is the only Source for satisfying fulfillment of all of our needs.
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