Saturday, March 17, 2018

All Wrapped Up

August 16, 2010 by  
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Do you fit in?  Are you normal?  Or, do you feel different or unique, perhaps as if you stand out as a nonconformist?

As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, our lives should be different and we should be FAR from normal (whatever that is).  Our lifestyles should be extraordinary, peculiar, different, and abnormal. The world shouldn’t understand us; they should see us as going against the flow, so to speak, and even more so as the world wanders farther away from purity, righteousness, and holiness.

More than twenty years ago when our family was very young, six energetic children along with the pressures of everyday life caused me to experience what I thought at the time was more than I could handle. I was serving the Lord, active in church, faithfully reading and memorizing the Word, praying, and worshipping Him…He was everything to me. All I did, I did for Him. There was hardly a waking moment that my motive was to do anything other than serve Him with all my heart. Yet, even in the midst of my zeal and passion for Him, I was experiencing an emotional breakdown.

Through a series of events, I soon found myself talking to a psychiatrist. Without spending too much time with me, he soon came to the conclusion that I needed to be admitted to a psychiatric facility for intense rehabilitation. When my husband questioned the psychiatrist asking what his opinion was concerning my emotional struggle, his final diagnosis was wrapped up in a few short words: “She is obsessed with God!”  Needless to say, we rejected that option and worked through my emotional state with God’s help and with the prayers and help of friends and loved ones.

It is not unusual for someone who loves the Lord to be totally wrapped up in Him. Think back when you first met your spouse.  They couldn’t do anything wrong; they captured your thoughts, your dreams, your meditations. You thought of them throughout the day and dreamed of them all during the night. Why should it be any different with the Lord? Even the Psalmist admitted that he would meditate on the Lord day and night; He would think of Him upon his rising in the morning and upon his lying down at night. To be obsessed with God is to be captured by His love, to yearn for Him as you would the love of your life.

“I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” (Psalm 77:12)

How much do you love Him today? How much do you mediate on Him?  How much do you talk of His works?

You cannot love Him too much.  This kind of love is a love that is returned back to you to a degree that is totally unfathomable.

He’s more than worthy of all our love, so go ahead and give Him your all. Love Him with every ounce of your being, night and day, through the hard times and the good … with everything you have in you.

Dear Lord, I love you … and the love I have for You grows day by day. Help me realize, Lord, that my passion for You is what You desire even though it may separate me from the world, my friends, and even my family. Father, help me when I feel peculiar to remember that You have called me out from the world, set me apart, and have set Your affection upon me.  Father, may my meditations be of You, may my thoughts be stayed on You … consume me, Lord, and let me be consecrated wholly to Thee. There is no one like You, O Lord, no one who could ever hope to capture my love like You have. In the name of Jesus my Lord, Amen and Amen!

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:5-76)

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