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. Or me, when I don’t honor God with my eating choices!
Tripping and falling can happen a lot in the early stages of the Christian life—especially if you’ve got long running habits. Being lulled into a nonchalant acceptance of a “seemingly small” sin can even happen when you’ve walked with Christ for several decades. If you keep returning to a “pet sin” an old idol, it can seem to have invincible power. But that’s just not true.
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.
[box]O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8).[/box]
Or maybe, you’ve tasted and you think you’ve experienced all He has for you, but let me assure you, there is more to taste, there is a deeper knowledge of Him that awaits you.
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.
[box]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).[/box]
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.
[box]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).[/box]
[box]The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation … (2 Peter 2:9).[/box]
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 ever think about the blood He spilled?
When I focus on the horrific cost of my sin, it loses its appeal.
[box]“. . . 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).[/box]
- 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.
[box]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).[/box]
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.
Remember how I battled the temptation to grab that box of chocolate covered cherries? (Which I could’ve inhaled in one sitting!) The power to say “No!” came when I challenged my heart with the question of love. What do I love more? Or really—Who do I love more?
It’s really a love issue.
Are you struggling with an old idol today?
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