Fulfillment Through Christ
The reason I took the time to write all of this is because I want us to understand the entire fulfillment we will receive if we follow Christ, correctly (Though we must be careful not to make Christ a means to an end). Everything you have been longing for, each one of your heart’s desires is completed through Christ. Early in this letter I discussed temporary pleasures. The love of Christ fills the void and feelings of emptiness that temporary pleasures cannot and will never be able to fill. Once you fully comprehend the Good News that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how the Bible is not a list of dos and donts, but rather the greatest love story every told and that you are very much a part of it…only then will your emptiness begin to be filled! Alcohol, marijuana, countless men/women, pornography, money, material things…none of these can fill the emptiness you feel inside, ONLY Christ can. Matthew 6 provides us with riveting descriptions. In regards to the temporary “things” of this present life, Christ instructs us to…
Matthew 6: 19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Christ is telling us anything we can desire here on earth is only temporary and prone to envy of man and is fallible. He instead urges us to seek after treasures in heaven that are eternal and infallible. And finally, He proclaims that wherever it is that we have our treasure, our heart is there as well. So it is impossible to indulge in the wants of this world and have a mind or heart focused on God. If our hearts and minds are truly focused on God, the treasures we store up would be the heavenly treasures that have no end. Furthermore, Christ discusses our necessity for food and clothing. He tells us to look how God cares for the birds and the grass and how we are much better than them! Christ proceeds to say in Matthew 6 that…
Matthew 6: 32-33 “… for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
God knows our situation and the things that we need and promises to supply these needs unto us. We just have to cut out the fat of our many wants and seek first the Kingdom of God and He shall supply the provision to sustain us because He is a faithful and true God!
We seek so much to help ease our pain and allow us to feel “good” but God promises us through the fruits of the spirit to add these feelings to us through righteousness! The Apostle Paul informs us what we receive once we leave the snares of this world and journey with Christ.
In Galatians 5: 19-24, Paul says “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
Paul outlines what he calls the “works of the flesh” of which we must flee from in order for all the fruits of the spirit to become manifest. If we continue in these works of flesh the Bible says we will NOT I repeat WILL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God! Everything you are seeking is completed through Christ and through the fruits of the spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, goodness, temperance, etc! We have to tap into these by first following Christ in fullness and in truth and by rejecting ourselves and crucify our fleshy desires and lusts. Paul, in Philippians, tells how the peace of God passes all understanding and will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. In other words, we cannot comprehend the supreme peace we receive from God as we follow Christ! That’s how wonderful this peace is! And I can boldly attest to this scripture!
I have one last thing to discuss with you all. Christ instructs us to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind as the first and greatest commandment. The Word of God tell us in 1 Corinthians that..
1 Corinthians 2: 9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
I really need us all to understand this! Everything you are hoping for on this earth is INCOMPARABLE to what God has prepared for those who love him. Our minds cant even conceive this goodness! Think for a second about what you would consider the perfect life for you, with all your hearts desires and everything you ever wanted and need fulfilled here on earth. Even over that thought, what God has prepared for those who love him is 1000x greater than any possibly “goodness” our human minds can conjure up for ourselves here on earth! This scripture really instills a desire in me to seek and follow God with all my soul! To think that the Creator of the universe has prepared something for us that does not compare to anything we can experience here on earth is an amazing testament to his immeasurable love! And I can say with full assurance that the pain of this world will pass away for those who love God with all their heart. In the book of Revelation we read…
Revelation 21: 4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Furthermore, the scriptures say we will reign forever and ever with the Lord. What a beautiful ending to the ultimate love story every told. The Lord our God is the Author and Finisher of our faith as His Word proclaims (Hebrews 12:2). All of this just leaves one question left to ask, Lost Nation, what more evidence do you need to abandon your life of sin and enter into the joy of the Lord?
May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Dante Paul Myers
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