Empty if I'm Without You

   "From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah" (Psalms 61:2-4)

   This human heart - frail and feeble at its best - can only take so much before it needs a rest. Taxing on it is woe and care, often times too much to bear. Strain and stress produce a cry, "Lead me to God! My Rock higher than I!"

   This fallen world is fading, but the troubles and affairs increasingly parading. Why have we wandered so far? Oh Lord, we need You! We all need to come running back under the shelter of Your wings. We all are searching for safety, but only You are the One true Strong Tower.

   Until our fill is found in You, all humanity is simply empty. We're all hungry for something more, but few know that only You satisfy, oh Lord.

   "Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalms 103:5)

   He renews us, and He revitalises our souls. He regenerates the life in us from what was once dead to sin and emptiness to what is now overflowing with love, redemption, and abundant joy!

   "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

   "Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:11)

   "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14)

   The burden of this world - all its sinfulness and the protocol of punishment - has been completely done away with. That's right, sin has been utterly pummelled into the dirt. No longer does sin hold any power. None. It's done for. Why is that, you ask? Well, I am so glad you asked!

   "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed." (1 Peter 2:24)

   Jesus Christ's humble and glorious atoning sacrifice is what healed our unrighteous, empty, and lost souls.

   "For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:25)

   We were drifting away from our Life-Source in Christ, but now, by the grace of our Lord, we have been reconciled! That means our once lifeless spirits are now filled with the Spirit of Life - the Holy Spirit of God!

   "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit" (1 Peter 3:18)

   Jesus gave it all, and He paid a price so grand and heroic that its potency can never be weakened or faded. The power of His might and glory still resonated with profound magnitude to this day! How astonishingly incredible!

   So today if you're feeling unworthy or empty like you have no vitality whatsoever anymore, come and call upon the Rock that is higher.

   Make your requests known to God, and let Him know that you feel empty. Express your unquenchable thirst for Him and Him alone, for only He can satisfy.

   Remember that we never did deserve this gift of Salvation, but rather by grace it has been manifested within us who receive Christ.

   Take that emptiness and offer it to God. He will use your heart as a vessel of His joy, peace, and love. Your heart will become so overfilled with Spiritual gifts from the Lord, causing others to want some too. Share in the delight.

   Come to the Father and delve into His wondrous beauty. He will revitalise your soul, and give you a renewed purpose. He does marvellous things beyond our comprehension. Don't try to make logic, just embrace His grace and receive the gifts!

   May the hope, joy, peace, and love of God abound within you today. May your cup be overflowing and captivating the hearts of others for Christ's glory. Let's all call upon the Rock and Salvation that is our Lord. His ears are tuned to our prayers, so let's tune our hearts toward Him. Blessings to you all.

   - The Introverted Evangelist


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