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Taste Deeply!

It’s not that Jesus can’t satisfy—you’ve just not tasted deeply enough!

This is my reply to those struggling with the “whys” of doubt that come after another discouraging defeat—the woman who’s been addicted to “cutting” since her teens, the college student who keeps falling prey to porn, the former meth addict that caves to the pull of her old lifestyle. Tripping and falling can happen a lot in the early stages of the Christian life—especially if you’ve got long running habits.

Don’t listen to two common lies of the enemy:

  • You can never get victory over this sin (2 Peter 1:1–11 answers this).
  • Christ is not sufficient to bring satisfaction.

If you keep getting tripped up by the same old sin, it could be that you’ve only nibbled around the edges but not tasted deeply of Christ. 

O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8).

What do I mean by “tasting deeply”?

♥      Climb into the heart and mind of Christ by saturating yourself in His thoughts.

Pour His Word into your mind. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Look deeply for His purpose in communicating those particular statements. Ask Him questions about it. Ask Him how He wants it applied to your life.

If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me (Psalm 119:92–93).

Drink and eat His Word. That’s the best way to get to know Him. When you consume His Word you’re living on His thoughts.

♥      Taste deeply of Christ by clinging to Him when hit with temptation.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation … (2 Peter 2:9).

Cry out to Him when you see the temptation coming. Don’t walk through the door of temptation, but run to Him for safety. Allow Him to rescue you by turning to Him and asking for help!

♥     Taste deeply by focusing on what Christ did on the cross.

That sin you’re attracted to . . . that seductively lures you and seems so innocent when you’re intoxicated with desire . . . you know the one I’m talking about? Got it pictured in your mind right now?

Jesus shed blood to cover that sin.

Do you think about the blood He spilled?

When I focus on the horrific cost of my sin, it loses its appeal.

“. . . Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:1 –4).

♥      Let His love for you and your love for Him defeat the power of sin.

No one . . . No one . . . NO ONE loves you like He does. Do you know that? Do you realize that? Let that truth soak in. Let it really go down deep. Ask Him to help you understand and appreciate His love and then ask Him to give you more love to give back to Him.

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf (2 Corinthians 5:14–15).

Let your love for Him grow to such an extent that it outgrows your love for sin.

Are you struggling in your Christian walk?

Have you become discouraged by your lack of endurance?

How much joy are you experiencing?

Consider whether you’ve tasted deeply of Christ.

Allow Him to be your sweet reward. Talk to Him about your desire to move beyond nibbling at the edges of knowing and experiencing Him, and ask Him to allow you to taste deeply of Him.

9 Comments

  • Vivian Etherington

    Love this post Kim! There is nothing so satisfying and nothing that can break the power of sin like tasting deeply of Christ. I am so thankful for who He is and that He drew me to Himself!

  • Alyssa Faith

    Kim, you directed me here to leave a comment so you could contact me about your book. Thank you so much! And I am glad you sent me here, because I read the post and it is truly encouraging. Christ is enough if we would only GO to Him with all our hearts.

  • Kay

    Kim, This post really resonates with me. When I teach at my Satisfied…at Last conferences, I consistently encounter women who claim to have “tasted” but got no results. Your answers are dead on. And when we indeed taste deeply and consistently, learning to eat only from Him and going to Him multiple times each day for more, we will be satisfied to the point that we no longer run to the cotton candy of this world. “The satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7
    I love your teaching!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    So true, Viv ~ Thanks for sharing. May you have a day filled with reflection on the fact that He drew you to Himself!! 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Alyssa ~

    So glad you found the site. I hope you’ll become a regular reader here. You should be getting an email soon from the site administrator so she can get your mailing address. We’re getting ready to put a page here on the site for women to tell us how God spoke to them and is using what they read in “Fierce Women” to impact their lives. I hope you’ll let us hear from you!

    Blessings, friend!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Kay!

    Good to hear from you again. I would love to hear you teach sometime ~ I think we’re kindred spirits 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!