Smeagol vs Gollum

You ever feel there’s this shadow side to you that keeps you doing stuff you wish you wouldn’t – or that prevents you from doing the things you really do want to do?

Almost like Smeagol fighting with Gollum in the Lord of the Rings

Even the Apostle Paul struggled: ‘I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?’

Well, here’s good news 🙂 Grace. Grace is ‘God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure’ (Philippians 2:12-13)

Need to ask God for more of that kind of grace today?


Craving God?

This morning I’m thinking about something I heard this week: ‘We were made to crave.’ It makes sense when I think about what I’ve done to fill the void in me. Why make me so full of desires, God? To crave you, right? To allow you to fill that deepest part of me that needs to belong and be affirmed.

Jesus, you told us how…

‘Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.’ Matthew 6:33-34




In the dry places…

Here’s a prayer for anyone in a dry place searching for things that satisfy deep desires…

‘O God, you are my God, I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you, my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself, how I praise you!

I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you, I think of you through the watches of the night.

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.’ Psalm 63v1-7

Cool song on this by Tree63 here:

Digging For Water In The Desert

So what’s up with all that stuff that trips us up so often? Imagine a guy crawling through a desert, dying of thirst. Next to him is a great oasis full of fresh, cool water. But he won’t go there! Instead, he scratches at the sand seeking moisture.

Crazy, right?

Except that’s what we do when we seek to satisfy our deep desires for things like intimacy in broken places.

How much of the sexual sin so many people reading WordSpace said they struggle with is because we try satisfy our longing for physical intimacy in things like porn or fantasy or hooking up or …?

Your desires might not be the problem – just where you’re digging.

Ask God to show you the real thing that satisfies?

Read Jeremiah 2v13 here:

and Isaiah 55 here