Thursday, January 23, 2014

the most important video you will ever watch

This is the most important thing you will watch on video:


Oh friends, I want to live in this truth. I so want to be what God wants me to be- His love is overwhelmingly good, and I am so undeserving of it. I love Him so very much. He is so very good, and  the more I know Him, the more I see how much I am not good.

Truthfully, the last few weeks have been pressing on me. My heart keeps going to places I'd never expect, in a hard {and good} way. I can only tell you from my own experience, but Jesus has been so very good to me to lead me to places where I didn't want to go, and hold my hand and walk me through it all.  I wrestle with fear and anxiety on a daily basis, but I know it isn't from God. He is so kind to give me peace when I seek Him. Every single time, He is faithful, yet so often I forget to do it. 

I want Jesus to be at the forefront of everything I do in this life. I am so sad to see how selfish I am, and how much I cling to my flesh and the ways I know and love, but I know that the things He has prepared for me are so much better than my silly plans and fleshly pursuits. I long to walk in Him in these few years I get to live, and oh, how I long for the same for you. 

Before we know it, our short days will be over, and what will we have left? It is on that final day that we will fully understand what Jesus has done for us. I want to rejoice with all my heart that I ran the race well on that day. Oh, that we would walk in Him and have faith in the work of Jesus on the cross while there is still breath in our nostrils...

Oh, friends. I want to give up all of this world for the pearl of great price. 
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

6 comments:

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for posting this! Your heart for the Lord is so wonderfully encouraging. :)

daddysgrace said...

This presentation of the Gospel was so beautiful.... as was the rest of this post. I relate so much to everything you've said and have also been walking through a season of fear and anxiety. Even so, Jesus seems to use that too to draw my heart ever closer to Him.
Thank you for being so candid in sharing your heart here. May the Lord bless you as you continue to grow in His grace.
-Grace
P.S. Not sure if I've ever commented on your blog before or not, but it's about time! I've been encouraged and inspired many ways as I've followed your blog.

Anonymous said...

There truly is nothing more important than that He would know us and we would know Him. My heart also longs for this, even amid all the cares, concerns, joys and trials of this life.

Jody Dake said...

You are right Mandy, we cannot do anything on our own, or in our own strength. Yes, we must SEEK Him. This is my One Word for this year of 2014, to SEEK Him in all things, to seek who He is, to seek Him when I am having my fear and anxiety, which can even happen when I try to go in Walmart! But, I am choosing to seek Him, in my Godly, Christian Dr., in my friends, and especially in His Words. Deut. 4:29, "But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul." Prov. 8:17, Ecc. 7:25, Hos. 10:12, Matt. 6:33, Matt. 7:7, Luke 11:10, John 8:50, Col. 3:1, are some of the Scriptures I am holding to.
I will pray Col. 3:1 for you and I today, "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep SEEKing the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God."
Thank you for a wonderful post; I enjoy hearing Paul Washer as well. I had just pinned him speaking on "How a Christian Woman is to Adorn Herself." Wow! I needed that again too. He is a man of God.
Thank you again Mandy, and come over and check out my blog as well, I am not very consistent at the moment, but I am working on a new post at this moment.
Be blessed this day and love on that sweet family of yours.
Have a great homeschooling day! You'll miss it someday...

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Anonymous said...

The message in the video would have been a wonderful answer to something I heard on the Christian radio a couple weeks ago. It was a pre-recorded message of a speaker saying that he's had many people come up to him and say something along the lines of: "If Jesus is God, then what He suffered on the cross must have been a walk in the park. And if that's the case, then why should I even bother with believing in Him?" The answer this speaker gave was unfortunately and sadly lacking in a moment in which he could have made a much stronger point. He said that we're drowning and there is someone on the shore who is reaching out to help. So why would we reject that help instead of accepting it?

Aside from the fact that his answer was was unsound in that we are not drowning creatures who need help to safety on the shore, but DEAD creatures in need of a SAVIOR to bring us back to LIFE, he also diminished what Christ actually endured on the cross. As Paul Washer said, it wasn't the beatings and pain suffered at the hands of the Romans that Christ saved us from...it was the very wrath of the Father (of which Christ took the WHOLE cup).

Again, the message in this video has much more substance than what was broadcasted all over the world by the speaker on the radio station, and I truly wish that the speaker could have been more direct in his answer to those critics of Christ's suffering and their own need of the Savior.

ZingDay said...

Yes, oh how I want His thinking. More of Him and Less of Me. Thank you.

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