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God created us to be warriors. He made us for more than just sitting down, defeated by the battles that come against us. So often in my life, especially with my health, I have given into the temptation to settle for a wounded and defeated existence. I have concluded that my body is weak and therefore I must continue on with that weakness.

God has been bringing me through a process with my health and teaching me so many lessons. I have lived a certain pattern of thinking these past 12 years that God wants to change. Instead of consigning myself to my chronic pain, God has called me to fight back. He told me, “I made you to be a fighter. I have called you to contend for my Kingdom. If I have allowed this in your life, it is to make you stronger. However, you can only grow stronger if you get off the ground and fight back. Next lesson in being a world-changer: how do you handle the battles you have been given right now?”

These past few days I have been super active outside, and I have found so much joy and fulfillment from all the exercise. I have found a passion for being active, not because I enjoy the pain, but because I am fulfilled in stepping into my role as a warrior. And honestly, the pain has been minimal. I am at a crossroads right now. I could sit and think, “How terrible it is that these things happened to me and how difficult it is to deal with it!” or I could take charge of my health and say in another way to Satan, “You can throw what you want at me, and I will still get up.” I am choosing a new way of thinking and a new way of being. Struggles are part of the journey and they open doors to a greater adventure. I refuse to let anything get in the way of living an abundant and rich life for Christ and in Him.

And you know what? That includes mountain biking and hiking to waterfalls and riding horses and…..and….Life is Just. So. Beautiful.

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True Ownership

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I believe that God gives us things so that we might be a blessing to others. He gave us life so that we might lay it down at His feet. Two and a half years ago, my things were mine. I would have sacrificed, but only to a certain point. Here is the challenge that God has given me as I plan on moving to Idaho; here are some questions that I have been exploring with God:

What if I rented an apartment that had a big enough living area that I could bless others with worship nights, game nights, and meals that feed the hungry? What if I bought enough chairs that I could host a Bible Study with my neighbors? What if I bought folding tables so I could cook for families and friends who are struggling financially or need to see love and invited others to be a part of it? What if the car I bought was so dedicated to God’s work that it was constantly being used for ministry? What if my camera was used to bring joy to families that otherwise couldn’t afford family pictures? What if I literally saw everything I owned as a gift that I must in turn distribute to others?

Some might say: “That’s not wise. You’ll be a volunteer. You don’t have that kind of money. You don’t have that kind of time.” You know what? I believe that God has already picked out not only my future sponsors, but also my future apartment, car, etc. I can live without a few comforts if that means that I can bless others with what I have. If there is one thing that I have learned in this time in South America, it’s that God honors obedience and generosity. I live my life day to day responding to needs that God places in my path, and I have never lacked for funds or resources. God has always taken care of me. Not only has He taken care of me, but He has taken me to places I never dreamed and provided for every step. I have seen countless miracles with my finances. I have seen countless miracles in every area of my life that I wouldn’t have seen had I not held loosely what I had been given.

I’m excited to move to Idaho in just a few months for a lot of reasons. I think the biggest reason I am excited to move there, however, is to see how God would use the things that I have been given to bless others; to see how He uses my time and the love He has poured into me to bless others.  I am excited to invest in people, to respond to needs, and to love people in practical ways. Whatever that may look like, I dedicate it all to God. I know it will be an adventure!

Don’t Cut Off Your Legs

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Conversations on the Spirit vs. Flesh Part 3

With Rachel Hull

How To Appreciate Grace In The Midst Of Past Failures

Rachel: I think in our previous posts, there have been a lot issues that could be cause for some serious regrets for past mistakes.

Chelsea: Totally. That’s been a temptation for me.

Rachel: Me too.

Chelsea: But God’s been teaching me a lot about the journey.

Rachel: “The journey” is kind of a weird phrase… do you want to explain that?

Chelsea: So often we look at the destination… like we have to perfect to have anything with God, but then we realize that God is a god of the journey. He loves us and He brings us through that journey. It’s about responding to the light that we have received in our lives. It’s God who makes the change inside of us.

Rachel: That is so true. For me, once I became a Christian, it was hard for me not to despise basically the sham that I had been living under. I always wanted to clearly distinguish the “before Christ” and “after Christ” periods of my life, but I tended to take it a little too far. I would discount everything that had happened up until that point, kind of as if I didn’t have to be responsible or accountable for that period of my life. It’s only been in this past year that God has pointed out that He had done so many good things in my life even before I became a Christian, and when I write off my past, I’m not being grateful for the things He did.

Chelsea: It would be easy for me to look back over my life and be ashamed of the person I was before I experienced that freedom in Christ. I struggled with secret addiction, I wrestled with deep depression, and I clearly wasn’t the person I wanted to be, and I recognized it then as well. It would be easy for me to draw the line and think that all the years of ministry I gave were useless because I carried with me such a heavy burden. It would be easy to remember the negative and thank God that things are different now. However, I believe that God used the little I had to offer at the time and blessed it. I believe that He used me even in my brokenness to touch a broken world, but He was calling me to so much more. I see now all the ways He was pursuing me and wooing me into the place where I can hear Him say, “This is really what it means to know me. Come closer.” To say that the past was all useless and purposeless is to minimize the power of His grace and His love that brought me through many difficult things to the love I know today. He used me powerfully then, He is able to use me more now, and I pray that as I grow closer to His heart, He will use me in even greater ways in the future.

Rachel: Yeah, that is so good. It’s a blow to the pride to bring up the past, when honestly, I have a lot to be ashamed of. I mean, I was a huge hypocrite for 21 years. Admitting that to others kind of stings. But then I remember, this is God’s story, and it’s actually a pretty awesome testimony of who He is that during those 21 years, He blessed me and laid the foundation for my future relationship with Him. I mean, I am so blessed that I was raised in a Christian home where I learned about God my whole life and then had this platform of theology and belief that God existed before I even knew Him personally. And now that I’ve been made new in Christ, there’s nothing to be ashamed about in the past. The point is, God is good, and was good, and I’m so grateful for the ways He’s used me despite my natural shortcomings.

I love how we see this same realization in Paul. He showed us how to extend grace to our former selves. He acknowledged the sin and the flaws that existed before but gave thanks and praise to God for His ability to bring glory to Himself in the midst of that ruin. Paul, who used to persecute the church and hated Christ was bound by chains of legalism and empty religion. However, not only was he redeemed to then serve the Christ he once hated, he also gave thanks for the foundation of faith and the blessing of the law that he was given even before his relationship with Jesus. Romans 6-8 is the place where we see him clearly understanding that even though he fell into pitfalls under the law, the law was still a providential grace of God, and it was his knowledge of the law that eventually enabled him to even more so appreciate the freedom and life given through the Spirit. In Galatians, Paul gives thanks for the fact that God used the story of his transformation bring Himself glory. Of the Christians in Syria and Cilicia, Paul writes, “They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me.” (Gal. 1:23-24).

Chelsea: So good. During that time before we had a relationship with God, both of us recognize that God was pouring out so much grace on our lives and preparing us for the relationship that was coming. Basically He was giving us legs to stand on. As humans we tend to draw such black and white lines. We use the phrase “before Christ” to talk about our lives before salvation, but the truth is, there is no such thing as a “before Christ” period in our lives. He has always been active in our story. The freedom happens when we choose into a relationship with Him that grows over time as the Holy Spirit changes us and calls us out of darkness into His light. So don’t despise humble beginnings; don’t cut off your legs. God won’t waste a chance to weave an even greater story into your life.

Hungry

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“Give me the Love that leads the way

The Faith that nothing can dismay

The Hope no disappointments tire

The Passion that’ll burn like fire

Let me not sink to be a clod

Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.”

-Amy Carmichael

My prayer to God right now is simple: give me a hunger for Your presence and a passion for You fueled by Your Spirit. I want to go deeper. I want to be filled more. I want to burn for my Jesus.

Last night we watched most of the movie Finger of God. The part of that movie that impacted me the most was the part about the Church in China. The man doing the documentary said that often these Christians, persecuted by their government and prohibited to do what they do, meet and worship for over twelve hours at a time. They meet for hours starting in the middle of the night simply seeking the presence of God, praying for healing, and spreading God’s love and truth everywhere. God is exploding in the Church in China because they have an intense desire and hunger for God’s presence.

Here is the question for myself: what am I hungry for? So often I am hungry to be knowledgeable, effective, well-liked, productive, etc. I don’t want to want that anymore. I want to be hungry for one thing, and one thing only: Jesus. I want more of Him. I want to know Him more profoundly. I want to go deeper, know His love more deeply, and experience the power of Holy Spirit. I want this to be my one desire and my all-consuming passion.

Are you hungry?

Every Life

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“But God’s love is big enough to touch any life, to make light out of any darkness. Jesus came that we might have life, so that no more would we have to die in depression, anger or pain. He loved people back to life. He would go anywhere, talk to anyone. And wherever He went, He would stop for the one – the forgotten one, the one who was rejected, outcast, sick, even stone dead. Even a thief who was dying for his crimes on the cross next to Him. In the Kingdom of God’s love there is no sinner who cannot come home.” –Heidi Baker

This morning as I was praying for my teammates, God brought to mind one of the many lessons that He has taught me through those I live and work with every day. I have this teammate named Brandon, and he’s a pretty cool dude. I admire him for a lot of reasons, but one of those reasons is how he has maintained important and basic Kingdom principles even when these specific principles are not the focus of our specific ministry model here in South America.

In the Master’s Plan, we are called to look for leaders; we seek out those who can be trained and put in a position of leadership within the two years we are here. It’s a very effective model of ministry, and I am proud to be a part of it. However, there are many people that we see every day and have the opportunity to touch that most likely would not be ready to be leaders in the church in just two years. It is a difficult process to even get them to step foot inside of a church. We see alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, and those who live and work on the streets who are disabled and incapacitated. They know no other life than the life of a beggar or a thief. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that I love them. I truly do, but sometimes I don’t know how to reach out. It’s so much easier to just walk on by.

My friend Brandon, however, has modeled to me what it means to stop for the one. He has shown me how to see the people around me and to take the time to stop and show love. I don’t know how many times we have been walking from one place to another and we stop to talk to people along the way. Often God will bring people along Brandon’s path for him to reach out to; people with crazy stories and who many others would just walk on by. Because he has responded positively to those in his path, God has entrusted him with more people to love.

I realized by observing his life that I want that kind of love in my life too. The truth is, every life is precious to God; not just the ones who might someday “become” someone important. I know that we could never know by looking at someone what God might have for that person, but I think often times we love people for their potential rather than their God-given worth. Could I love someone extravagantly that would never leave the streets, simply because God loves them that much? Could I sing songs to a lady with Alzheimers, who will never know my name or remember that I came and see that ministry as just as important as any other? So many times in my life I have loved someone to a certain point and then shook the dust off my feet so to speak when they didn’t change in a time frame that I thought was reasonable. However, Jesus didn’t love people for what they could do for Him or even for the great leader that they might someday become; He loved people for who they were and called them to something more.  To Him, people weren’t projects; they were the object of His affection.

I have been challenged to pray into how I can be more sensitive to the people around me and how I can allow God to reorder my schedule as He sees fit. I want to have an attitude like Jesus had that valued every life He came into contact with. He loved the rich man and the leper the same, and honored those that society overlooked. I want to be one of those people that loves others back to life. Thank you, Brandon, for being an example to me of what it means to take the time to love and to value every life I see.

The Way We Were (Not to be Confused with the Barbara Streisand Movie)

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Conversations on the Spirit vs. Flesh Part 2

With Rachel Hull

Testimony Time

Learning what it means to live filled with the Holy Spirit revolutionized both of our lives. Here are our stories:

Rachel: I used to think I was a Christian, but I wasn’t really saved until I was 21, almost 22. It wasn’t until then that I had a relationship with Jesus and knew Him instead of just knowing about Him. That was the year I truly submitted myself to Jesus and began this process of walking in the Spirit.

After I was saved, it took me a while to work through my confusion about what had been going on in my life up until that point. I had been raised in a Christian home, I professed to be a Christian, and I believed everything the church told me about Jesus, God and the Bible. I prayed, I went to church, and my life had always had many evidences of God’s grace all around me. Things generally went well for me. I was a counselor at a Christian Bible camp. I even felt like I had “led” others spiritually in the past. I had seen God work around me a lot. But after a long time of praying about it, asking God about it, and learning what it really is to be living life through the Spirit, I can confidently say that I was spiritually dead until I was 21 and anything good that was happening around me and to me was just the abundant grace of God; His faithfulness to the unfaithful. It was for His own glory and by His own hand that He brought about any good fruit around me, but it wasn’t coming through me because I wasn’t in Christ.

Chelsea: When I first met you, I would have definitely believed you were a Christian. On the outside, you had all the appearances of having a healthy Christian life. We had some great theological conversations about what it means to live out our faith. It’s interesting to me to hear you make the difference between believing in God and knowing a lot of things about Him versus actually being filled with His power.

Rachel: Yeah. That distinction is one that I think is so important for Christians to understand. We need more Christ followers to speak out about this boldly, and to challenge the notion of simple ‘belief in God.’ Honestly, this is something that really worries me, because I think a lot of other Christians could be in danger of being deceived the same way I had been. It’s so easy to look at people who look like “good Christians” and assume that they are saved. It’s so easy to be that person and assume that you are saved. We need to take seriously the call to wake up and examine ourselves. In fact, the New Testament is full of exhortations for Christians to examine themselves and make sure they are truly following Christ. Haha, more on that later…

Chelsea: My story of seeking to live every moment in the Spirit is a little different. I grew up in a Christian home as well, but I would say that I genuinely became a Christian when I was nine years old. There was always a part of me that wanted to know God, serve Him, and please Him. We had a relationship and we communicated with each other. I believe that until the last two years of my life, however, it was God’s grace that led me and drew me closer to Him. I did not understand until recently what it meant to live in the Spirit. I thought that the Holy Spirit only spoke on special occasions and big defining moments. I lived with many chains in my life, and when God freed me from these things a year and a half ago, I began a journey of daily and constant discovery in this amazing partnership with God. Being set free was the ultimate defining moment for my life, because from that point on, I wasn’t living to try to push my own agenda on God; instead, I began to listen for and understand His heart. I am discovering daily what it means to live in response to Him rather than trying to get Him to respond to me. When I realized that my life is really His story and not mine, it changed everything.

Rachel: I love that; “it changed everything.” So true! Once you start to realize that the only things that amount to anything are the things born in the Spirit, all of your priorities are flipped upside down. Suddenly it’s not about doing certain things or anything external. Everything hinges on simply being faithful, simply being in the Spirit.

Chelsea: It was a game-changer for me when I started following the lives of Rolland and Heidi Baker, missionaries to Mozambique. They have an incredibly “successful” ministry, but their entire philosophy is built around “stopping for the one” and how there is no fruitfulness outside of intimacy with God. The first time I heard Heidi say that she needs her 4-6 hours with God every day to be able to do what she does, it caused a lot of extreme emotions within me. How could a woman who is so busy have time to spend so many hours in prayer? Sometimes I have a hard time getting my hour or two in. As I started to really pray about this, I realized that I had been looking at prayer all wrong. What used to be me going through my list of things to say became a relationship where I spend as much time listening as I do talking. The Bakers taught me about what it means to delight myself in God’s presence, and as I have begun to do that more and more, I have noticed God’s joy naturally overflowing more and more into all the areas of my life. The more time I spend with God, the greater my hunger grows to know more of Him and to experience more of who He is. I fight for that time with Him because I realize how essential it is in everything.

Rachel: Yeah, when it comes down to it, living in the Spirit is all about that intimacy. That’s what I was missing before becoming a Christian, and that’s what’s been added now. We must all go from knowing about someone (Jesus) to really knowing Him and loving Him actively.

Chelsea and Rachel: Our prayer for the Church is that we would all come back to this intimacy with God. When we start to know Him intimately, we long for more and more of Him, and we pursue Him with everything we’ve got. It’s an ever-deepening cycle of knowing and loving God more and more, and this is the source of the abundant life in Christ. As the Psalmist often prayed, let’s seek Him day and night, thirsting and hungering for the Lord, knowing that we will be filled.

Spirit Possession

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Conversations on the Spirit vs. Flesh

With Rachel Hull

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25

Over the past week, my friend Rachel and I have been talking in depth about the concept of living in the Spirit – and how this is the fundamental fabric of the Christian life. Without being in the Spirit, nothing we do pleases God, or really amounts to anything from an eternal point of view.

To be “in the Spirit” means to be completely possessed by Him, leaning not at all on human wisdom, strength or understanding. We must learn to have complete and utter dependence on the Spirit’s leading. He must be the One sitting on the throne of our life, to a point that seems completely impractical.

Imagine a person who makes no decisions for themselves, but they only do what they see their master doing. In fact, they don’t even say a thing unless they are simply relaying a message from their master. That would be a totally impractical and inefficient way to live, right?

Check this out: “So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.’” John 5:19.  And later Jesus also says, “I don’t speak on My own authority. The Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it. And I know His commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells Me to say.” John 12:49-50

Jesus lived a life totally in the Spirit. Though He was God, He lived fully as a man, demonstrating for us the way we ought to live and that it’s possible to be fully and only empowered by the Holy Spirit. Not only is this a possibility for us, this is the exact thing that we are called to. In John 17:18-21, Jesus prayed for Christians that we would be unified just as He was one with the Father, and that we would be in Jesus and the Father, just as the Father was in Him and He was in the Father. That totally dependent relationship, being totally possessed by the Holy Spirit is our calling. And God has given us exactly what we need so that we can walk in this: the Holy Spirit. “You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans 8:9b.

We wanted to invite you into some of our conversations on what this looks like practically. We have been talking about what genuine faith is and what it truly means to have a relationship with God. What does God ask of us? There are many things we “do” for God, and we may fool many people (including ourselves) into thinking our actions are pleasing to God, when in reality these actions are coming from and for ourselves. A truly free, rewarding, and God-pleasing life is marked by a very distinct and unique attitude of the heart. Please join us over the next few days as we explore how this relates to all areas of our lives.

Above All Else

“He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting Him might pass Him by. ‘Abba, Father,’ He cried out, ‘everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.” –Mark 14:35-36

A couple days ago in my prayer time, God posed a hypothetical question to me: “If it would serve Me and My Kingdom best that today you are hit by a truck and are paralyzed for the rest of your life, would you choose into that?”

God, what kind of question is that? TERRIFYING. Who would ever want that for their life? I then realized that I still did not value the Kingdom more than myself. Everything inside of me screamed, “No way!” However, at the same time, my spirit was screaming to God, “Lord, I desperately want to want that.” What would it mean to be able to pray with my whole heart, “Lord, may Your Kingdom come in my life, and may You use my life, whatever the cost”?

I am praying for the humility to say “yes” to whatever. I am praying for the Kingdom vision and passion needed to be so laid-down that this prayer isn’t painful anymore. I desire with my whole heart that I might be so aware of God’s love for myself and for the world that He might slay me and I would still praise Him. I pray that I might be so surrendered to His purposes that there is no hesitation in these difficult questions. Jesus didn’t want to die on a cross any more than I want to be paralyzed for the rest of my life. I can’t imagine the agony of that moment when He begged God to take away that “awful hour.” However, He surrendered Himself to the will of God. May I always do the same.

Anguish

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It’s a mighty brave thing to say to God: “Please share Your heart with me. Break my heart for what breaks Yours.” In the moments that I have prayed that prayer and God comes down to break my heart, it has been almost more than I could bear. In my personal journey, that has nearly always happened around the topic of the orphan crisis in the world today.

I have recognized in myself that when my heart is not open to feeling the anguish of the Holy Spirit, it is easy to be content where I am and complacent to anything outside my own current preoccupations. My spiritual life is minimal and does not have much fruit. My prayer life sees few results and I tend to push my own agenda in the secret place. However, when I open my heart up to the heart of God, the painful but fruitful process begins.

Honestly, anguish is the heart of true intercession. We can go down our prayer list and say, “God, help Jane Smith with this issue in her life,” but until we feel the anguish of her situation and God’s deep desire to inundate her life with His love, we have not even breeched the surface of what it means to truly intercede for someone. How many of us are willing to put forth the energy and the effort to dive into the heart of God? We will often study theology or have spiritual conversations all day long, but we shy away from following through on the common “break my heart” prayer. It sounds pretty and poetic, but are we ready to truly anguish over the things that anguish God’s heart?

I pray that I am. I pray that tomorrow I will be even more ready. Lord, here I am.

The Great Banquet

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“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! Fear the Lord, you His godly people, for those who fear Him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”

I can say with absolute certainty that I have never regretted spending time in God’s presence. Every morning that I get up to enjoy Him and learn from Him, I come away filled and challenged. I can also say that many times I have spaces in my schedule throughout the day, and in the process of deciding what to do, the thought of spending time with God comes up. Often I will choose to do something else, not because I don’t love Jesus, but because doing something else feels more attractive in the moment. Laziness wins out, and I fill myself with junk.

When we think about Americans and our general societal problem with obesity, we could place the blame on a variety of things. The way I see it, however, is that it is often a problem with what kinds of foods we are filling our stomachs. I see it in my own life too. Candy, potato chips, and carbs are cheap, quick to fix, and readily available. We fill ourselves up on these things, so that when the good food comes, we can’t eat much. What are we constantly fighting with our kids about? “Wait until after you eat your meal to have that candy.” We are trying to get our kids to at least consume some vitamins. I have found also that when fast-food and unhealthy food is a part of my regular diet, I don’t even like the taste of good food. It doesn’t have the flavor I’m used to and isn’t attractive to me. I feel a little concerned sometimes when we go to nice restaurants and I end up ordering a grilled cheese sandwich because nothing else looks good to me.

When I think about my spiritual life and how I spend my time, I realize how sad it is that I have this incredible and luscious banquet literally set out before me of all the riches of God, His presence, and His Kingdom and I often choose out of it. I choose to eat the trash and junk food of entertainment, activities, and social outings that the world offers me. A lot of the time it is a laziness thing – the junk food is readily available, and little to no effort is required to partake in these things. Comfort cries out, and I answer. I fill myself up on these things, and when I enter the presence of God I have nothing left to offer. God has little space that He can fill. I don’t like the taste of the Kingdom, because my taste buds are used to the taste of the world.

My friend Rachel and I were talking yesterday about the normal Christian Bible Study or Home Group that we have experienced. Everyone shows up, chatty and excited. When the actual Bible Study begins, however, it is like pulling teeth to get people to talk. Often their prayer requests involve wanting to know God more, but when you ask them how much time they have spent in prayer the past week, they struggle to come up with an answer. Then, the Bible Study ends, and everyone returns to the excited chatter about the latest football game or TV show they saw. I have definitely been guilty of this. Why is it that we struggle to be as excited about Jesus as we are about sports or media? Because we are used to the taste of these things, but have not developed the taste buds for the presence of God. We don’t have a hunger for the Great Banquet. We are too busy snacking on junk food. We are constantly filling ourselves up with things that bring no nutrition to our lives. The good stuff doesn’t even taste good to us, because the fake stuff does.

I guarantee that if we truly spent time with Jesus and developed a hunger for Him, we would have no desire to return to a life of junk food. Why? Because we were created for the real stuff! When we discover the richness of who He is, we discover who we really are and there is freedom in living that way! We discover what it means to be filled with fountains of living water that never run dry. When we are truly romanced by the Creator of our souls, no other love even calls for our attention. When we partake of God’s Great Banquet, we discover that there is no need for anything else.

One thing that we hear from many short-term missionaries coming down to Ecuador is how shocked they are at how good the fruit tastes. They talk about the flavor and wishing that the fruit in the United States was so rich and tasty. Why is the fruit in Ecuador so much better? Because it isn’t filled with all the hormones, preservatives, and pesticides that the fruit in the States has. In trying to make the fruit more attractive, more available, and less bug-infested, Americans have actually ruined a good thing. How often do we do that with the Gospel? The raw Gospel needs no add-ons and certainly does not need to be protected. What if we preached more about laying down our lives and picking up our cross? The true and unashamed call of God is what we need in our churches, universities, and government offices. Anything less is just not worth the effort.

Are you snacking on junk food or are you developing a taste and a hunger for the Great Banquet of God? He wants to revolutionize your life, draw you into the deep recesses of Himself, and overflow in your life. Don’t settle for something that brings nothing but trash to your life. Choose the abundant life in Him! I guarantee that once you have truly tasted of Him, you won’t even want to go back to the junk you knew before.

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