Desperation can lead to freedom and joy

Your heart-cry doesn’t echo in a canyon of inner emptiness. It continually reverberates within you, ever calling you to wake up to deeper reality.

In the recovery community the desperation that leads to freedom and joy is called “hitting bottom.” If you’re desperate, that means you’re still alive. If you’re still alive, then there is still hope.

Desperation is a fork in the road. It offers two options, the hopeful and joyous pursuit of God or the despair of panicked hopelessness.

Desperation as a sign of hopelessness is devastating. Desperation as deep hunger to be closer to God is gloriously life-altering. Let the debris in your life make you desperate for God. The long-term guilt and pain produce by sin should make us so desperate for God’s peace that we avoid its short-term pleasure.

Finite faith (trust in the temporary) will always be disappointing because it can’t ignite an eternal perspective. The more desperate I get for hope, the more I pursue and surrender to Jesus.

To desire the life and light of God, we must be willing to continually behold and pursue His majestic holiness. To hunger and thirst for righteousness is called repentance. It’s an overwhelming desire and ongoing search for God’s deliverance, healing, and holiness. It’s a never-ending inner cry for God to bring justice through mercy, to fix us with His compassion, to free us from our heart’s corruption. It’s to throw overboard every thought, feeling, desire, activity, and possession that in anyway hinders our pursuit of the presence and power of the risen Jesus.

It’s hard to pursue something that you don’t believe is possible. If you’re not aggressively and passionately pursuing the kingdom of God and His righteousness as your first priority, perhaps you don’t really believe the promises of Scripture.

“Love never fails.” It even extends to enemies. Ex-love is a misnomer. Focus on and care about your neighbor the way you focus on and care about yourself.

To gain
From your pain
Let it make you
Ever desperate
For God.

God always hears
A human heart-cry
Even when people deny
That He exists.

Christians are called
To soar in God’s glory
Not to sink
In their worry.

If you continually flirt
With moral danger,
You’ll make yourself
A stranger
To God.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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