8.09.2009

Sunday Snippets

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."

Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV

Last weekend during our girlfriend getaway we were blessed to study God's word together, the focus being this passage from Ephesians and the concept of God's measureless love for us. Some of the points have been churning around in my mind and heart all week, so I thought I would share a few of them.

Who am I trying to measure up to? Who am I trying to measure up for? Who am I trying to measure God by?

The concept of measuring up to others really hit home to me. I don't know why I'm 40 years old and still struggling with comparing myself to other women (real life friends/people and those in media/advertising). I mainly do this in a physical way (hello, insecure much?) and also in a personality/character/spiritual way (again with the insecurity). Sometimes it can motivate me to change or try harder at something, but often it feeds my insecurities and leads to jealousy. Not good.

More thoughts...

The more filled up with Jesus I am, the less I will seek other ways to fill the emptiness.
The devil seeks a stronghold through our insecurities and our emptiness, steals our effectiveness.
All excess is rooted in emptiness. (Ouch!) Our culture has forgotten moderation. (Ouch again!)
If we are so filled with other stuff it's hard to be filled with the Spirit. We must continually empty ourselves and ask to be filled with the Spirit--filled to overflowing.

My prayer is that I will identify areas of excess (some are blatant, some are sneaky) and change my behaviors; that I will stop measuring myself against others (big one) and that I will empty myself out daily so that there is more room for Jesus. I want to grasp how wide, how long, how deep and how wide God's love for me is. I want to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

How about you, any thoughts?

6 comments:

  1. All are great thoughts, Holly. My church book study is reading The Prodigal Son and I have been thinking alot about the thoughts I have that make it harder for me to come "home" to God. Too often I measure myself worth by what others think, by money/success, etc. when really, how much does any of that matter?

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  2. This is a beautiful & important message- that I really needed to be reminded of (thanks)

    for some reason (insecure here? duh) I struggle with this off & on. satan sure knows what he is doing-

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  3. I didn't want to end on that bad note-

    Christ is more powerful & ALL knowing!!

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  4. These are great thoughts! I share your struggles with these issues and intentions as well (I think it's a woman thing) and often have to remind myself that I am enough the way I am, and that my heart is good. I want to be pure and Christ-like from the inside out, so I am always working to stay focused on goodness, and try not to get caught up in the jealousies and distractions that cloud that focus. It's a daily (sometimes hourly) effort!

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  5. Did you write this for me?? I've been thinking a lot about insecurity this week, too, and how I rely on earthly things to fill my cup, instead of God. I don't know why I *get* this at certain times and completely miss it at other times. But thank God His Word is living and active and proves He is a God who continually meets us where we are. Thanks for this post!

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  6. This could so apply to me too. You are way too hard on yourself. We see the beautiful Holly that works so hard to be perfect. But, God doesn't require perfection. Just Holly.

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