WHAT’S NEXT: "Be Satisfied" by Singles Leader David Skidmore

“God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” John Piper Did you know God wants to satisfy you? God loves it when we turn our desires to Him and live with an expectation that He will quench our thirst. God satisfies our desires in different ways. One of my favorite verses is, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:16). Most singles like me are looking forward to love, yet there is an incredible opportunity for intimacy with God at this very moment. God looks forward to satisfying your desires of love by sharing His delight in you. The Psalmist continues by writing, “He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” (Psalm 145:19). God loves to satisfy our desires. When we are filled with evil desires, God wants to satisfy us with the good things found in Him. He opens His hand and satisfies our desires. When we long for good things, we can find those in God as He fulfills the desires of those who fear him. How much energy do we give to things that won’t satisfy us.

In another place the Psalmist says, “Turn my eyes away from worthless things.” (Psalm 119:37). If there are worthless things, then there must also be worthwhile things. That’s why Paul writes in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”

This isn’t to say you won’t have moments, hours or even days of loneliness and sadness. This Scriptures are not exits from struggle. Instead, they strengthen us to struggle against the fears, evil thoughts, and impulsive desires that Satan loves to destroy us with. These Scriptures turn our hearts and minds back to the Lord of Glory, the one who is jealous for your soul. And you are created for His glory. (Isaiah 43:7)

God wants you to approach His throne of grace with confidence. God wants you to find Him as you do. When we ask God to satisfy us, we see that out of all things He could give us, He gives us Himself. This can only be received by faith. So the Psalmist writes, “Whom have I in heaven but you, and earth has nothing I desires besides you.” Psalm 73:25.

Lord, I ask that You will satisfy me. Though I do not deserve Your grace, I ask for Your grace. I ask that Your presence will fill me, and I will live a life satisfied in You.

David Skidmore

WHAT’S NEXT: "Be Patient" - A new series for Singles by David Skidmore

I don’t like waiting. I want dinner to be ready five minutes ago. I want my friends to show up at the scheduled time. I want to have a deep loving relationship in a matter of a few weeks. The truth is that many of the things I wait on in life are out of my control. I don’t get to choose what time my friends will show up. I don’t choose when I will fall in love. If the person cooking dinner is slow, then dinner won’t be ready until they are done. If you are like me, you don’t like waiting. It isn’t easy to wait. I don’t know a relationship that doesn’t have some kind of waiting involved in it. Waiting is part of life. Consumer culture says, “You can have what you want when you want it.” The Apostle Paul writes, “Love is patient.”

Patience is the opposite of the consumeristic mindset today. When I think of patience, I think of waiting. Patience is not a measure of time. Instead it is the measure of your trust in God, your kindness to others, and your hopeful expectation of a good outcome in the face of adversity. The Bible talks a lot about patiently waiting. The question is, “What do you do while you’re patiently waiting?” Here are four keys to living a patient life in Christ.

  1. Saturate your mind with the Word of God. The more you fill your mind with the Word of God, the more likely you are to align your life with the ways of God. God’s Word leads us to live God’s ways.
  2. Serve someone daily. I find when I intentionally serve one person, I end up serving other people. Service spills over. Service connects us to the heart of Jesus when He said if we do these things, we will be blessed. (John 13:17.)
  3. Exercise. Paul said, “Physical training is of some value.” 1 Timothy 4:8. It isn’t the only valuable thing you can do, but it is valuable. Get yourself fitter than you’ve ever been, walking with some confidence as you take care of the body God has given you.
  4. Praise God in this season. How can you praise God in difficult times? Praise focuses on who God is. You can praise God knowing His promises are true in any and every season.

Lord, help me learn to work while I wait on you. I want to have a patient heart, but I don’t want to use patience as an excuse for laziness. Help me seek You, serve Your people, exercise, and praise you in this season.

David Skidmore

 

WHAT’S NEXT: "Be Still" - a new series by David Skidore

I love what happens when Jesus is in the midst of a storm. The disciples find him sleeping in the boat, and they wake him up. He tells them that their faith is weak. Then, Jesus rebukes the wind and waves, and the sea becomes as smooth as glass. Peace is something people love, and notice most when it is absent from our lives.

Are you at peace? How busy are you? How many things do you have to get done today? How many things are distracting you?

One time, Jesus went to visit some friends. Two of them were sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary sat at Jesus feet, and Martha was working on all the tiny details for the party that night. Martha got frustrated that Mary wasn’t helping, but Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen what was better and it would not be taken from her. Amazing isn’t it? There was so much to do, but Jesus wasn’t worried about those things. Jesus wanted the full attention of Mary and Martha. For that to happen, they had to be still. Mary chose to sit down. Martha kept going.

It is easy to keep going. You can even keep going while sitting down today. Sending texts, instagramming, facebooking, tweeting, finding new music, and waiting for someone to respond to you. What we might be missing while we’re looking for the next thing to do is the very presence of God in our lives. It is for this reason that Jesus wants us to be still. In the most chaotic moments of our lives, Jesus is not intimidated. He is the one who calms winds, waves, and even the hearts of His people.

A person who can be still before the Lord is a person who can be at peace in a world that is falling apart. The person who learns to be still in Christ’s presence can also bring peace to a marriage. And a peaceful marriage is one of the pillars of an awesome marriage. Ask Jesus to fill you with His peace.

Here is my challenge. Take just one minute to be completely still. No phone. No music. No one else. Just you and Jesus. Be still. Listen. Rest in His presence. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. He himself is our peace.

Lord, I trust you with my life. In the midst of the frantic pace around me, help me to be still and know that you are God, and that you will be exalted among the nations. You are God. I rest in your presence Jesus, and your presence is heaven to me. Amen.

 David Skidmore

WHAT’S NEXT?: "Be Present" - A New Series by David Skidmore

When I was eight, I thought about what life would be like when I turned sixteen and could drive.  When I was sixteen, I thought about what it would be like to be a grown-up and be on my own. For as long as I could remember, I always thought about what life would be like in the days to come. One day, my friend Adina told me I needed to live in the moment. Adina thinks people waste a lot of time trying to live in the future, because they miss out on the present. We get so caught up in “what’s next” that we miss out on what is happening right now. Adina likes to meditate while sitting on top of boulders. She likes to be fully aware of the flavors of the food she is tasting. While people discuss future plans, she dances on the beach under the moon to the rhythm of the waves. I don’t know many people who live more fully in the moment than Adina.

I think we could learn from Adina in this, because she is living the words Jesus spoke to His disciples. “Do not worry about tomorrow.” When you live with bold faith right now, you join the Apostle Paul in “making the most of every opportunity.” When you live with fierce love in the present, you “encourage others according to their needs.” When you live with eyes open to God in this moment, you are able to “delight yourself in the Lord” and “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Consider the marriage you want to have someday. Do you want to be with someone who is always in some far off place, or do you want someone who is fully present with you? Are you becoming a person today who is fully present with the people you are with?

Instead of obsessing over what is next, be fully present with God right here right now. Focus on being completely with the people you are with. Open your heart to the people around you. Love the people God has given you instead of devoting yourself to the people you wish God would give you. Live fully alive today.

 

Lord, help me to be fully present where I am. Help me to make the most of every opportunity. Let me give people the gift of my presence today, and let them see you through me.

 David Skidmore