Addicted to More

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Ok.

I admit it.

I am addicted to more.  It seems I am never satisfied with what I have.  I've tried to be content with what I have - but it seems I simply can't be.

I've really tried.  

Honest!

But it is so very, very hard. That little voice inside keeps calling out to me.

More.  Always more.

Others have told me that I should be content with what I have. I'm not sure they are right anymore.

I'm not even sure when this addiction started.  It just kind of crept up on me.  I no longer know how to be content.

There have been times when I didn't give in to those cravings.  But to be honest, for me those weren't the best days I've had.  I always seem to feel better - do better - when that craving for more sets in.

But you know what?  God is pleased with my addiction to more.

Why?

Let me answer that with Scripture. (Emphasis mine)

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Phillippians 3:8-11

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,  but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 9:23-24

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13

I think that the lyrics to a the  Michael Smith song "More Love, More Power" express my desires for more quite well.

More Love, More Power,
More of You in my life.
And I will seek your face
With all of my heart
And I will seek your face
With all of my mind
And I will seek your face
With all of my strength
For you are my Lord
You are my Lord!

It's too easy to get content with staying where we are.  To settle down into a comfortable place with God, and not want more.

But our God promises us so much!

Even though we may face chronic challenges - the one thing we can do is continue to seek His face.  There are so many verses challenging us to know Him more - to go deeper into His love - to understand His power.

Oh, how easy it is for me to settle into complacency!  To stop seeking Him with all my heart!  To build excuse upon excuse that I know as much about God as I need to know.

What foolish thoughts.  How we limit our lives when we stop seeking Him.

No, it's not always easy.

And yes, it's easy to be discontent with our situations, yet God has so much more for us.

And I'm not talking about the things He can do for us.  Too often I have viewed God as a "gimme box," where I submitted my prayers and waiting for them to be answered as I did my own thing.

What I am talking about is knowing God.  Learning more of who He is.  Learning to walk in His love.  Seeking, ever seeking to know more.

I pray you take a step into wanting "more" today.

Father God, I pray for each person who reads these words, that they may be filled with a desire to know You.  I pray you will fan the flame of a hunger for you in their hearts.  I pray you will encourage their seeking and grant them joy as they discover more.  Amen and amen.

Youtube Video "More Love, More Power/How Great Thou Art"

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