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Written by scoopsnews on July 15, 2018 – 8:04 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

True Satisfaction

Psalm 37:4

“Delight thyself also in the Lord;

and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

I remember a conversation I had with a friend a few years ago. It was a conversation that was filled with pain, confusion, and longing. I want you to know that my friend is a good person. Actually, a Godly person. And yet, there seemed to be some things that were simply out of reach . . . things prayed for, believed for, longed for. But, sometimes time can be an uncooperative thing. Especially when you’re praying, believing, longing and nothing seems to be happening.

That’s when my friend brought up Psalm 37:4:

“I’m doing everything I know to do. I’m serving Jesus. I love Jesus with all my heart. I’m delighting in Him. Yet, there’s this desire that’s going unfilled . . . a longing that seems out of reach . . . So, tell me what I’m doing wrong. I’m delighting in Him, so why?”

Can you relate?

Have you been there?

Are you there now?

I don’t think my friend is alone is asking these questions. We’ve all been there. We don’t understand why things are happening the way they are. Or, why they’re not happening at all. Maybe, we’ve even held on to Psalm 37:4.

I want to ask you a question.

An, honest question.

Please, think a bit with me.

Could it be that we’re making Psalm 37:4 say something that it doesn’t actually say? Is it possible that we’re using it to simply fulfill our worldly desires? Perhaps, there is a greater meaning to this text that will lead us to a level of true satisfaction. Let’s look at what the verse actually says.

To fully understand what the psalmist is saying, there are two questions that we need to answer:

The first, what does it mean to delight in something?

And second, what is a desire?

What does it mean to delight in something?

When considering the definition of delight, we realize that to delight is to gain great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment. It could be described as a feeling of very great pleasure, or what brings great pleasure.

If we apply this to the statement in the psalm it would look something like this:

“Gain your great pleasure, great satisfaction, great enjoyment in the Lord . . .”

What is a desire?

We’ll do the same here as we did before, we’ll simply define desire. Desire defined carry’s the thought of a craving, a wish, a longing, or what you really want. This longing, craving is for what will bring satisfaction or enjoyment. It’s an expressed wish with the objective to obtain.

So, let’s apply this thought to the second half of our verse:

“. . . and He shall give thee that which you crave, wish, long for . . .

He shall give thee that which brings satisfaction or enjoyment of thine heart.”

Do you see it?

The answer is right there in the meaning of the words!

“Gain your great satisfaction in the Lord;

and He will give you that which satisfies.”

In other words, when He becomes that which brings great satisfaction in our lives, He will give that which satisfies. He will give us more of Himself, His presence. Then, we’ll find what true satisfaction is all about!

When we’re always seeking other things we’ll never have enough. It will simply be a constant search for the next thing that will bring us temporary enjoyment, pleasure. But, when He becomes our deepest craving, longing – He’ll give more and more of Himself and we’ll find He is enough. Until He is enough, we’ll never have enough. But, when we understand He is enough, then we’ll have all we need.

So, let me ask a few more questions:

What is it that you crave? Long for?

Where is your great satisfaction found?

Is He that which brings great satisfaction in your life?

Only when He becomes our longing, our craving, our great satisfaction will we ever know true satisfaction.

Be encouraged this week.

Find your longings met in Him.


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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 8, 2018 – 6:32 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Just What He Needed

Mark 2:1-5

This week’s Rooted is a little longer than normal. I hope that you’ll read it all the way through. This is one of the most beautiful pictures that I’ve seen in Scripture – the way that Jesus deals with an outcast – in quite some time. I pray that it will speak to you like it has spoken to me.

He was tortured—not only by his condition but also by his mindset.  He was a paralytic. His body was useless. He couldn’t do any of the things normal people would do. Simple things such as going for a walk, feeding himself, going to the restroom alone, cleaning himself, and going to synagogue were all out of the question for him.

He was completely dependent upon others to complete these simple tasks that we so easily take for granted. Physical needs can be tended to. Perhaps begrudgingly, but there would be those who would care enough to do what was necessary. They would bear the burden of another. They would tend to this man’s physical needs.

We’re more than just physical beings, however. We’re packed with feelings, and powerful emotions. He was not exempt.

Of course, no one can know—no one besides the man—what he was truly feeling. However, we doknow how others felt about him. With the exception of his four genuine friends, others believed he was getting what he deserved. Surely his affliction was a penalty for a huge sin in his life. (Remember the question in John 9:1-5 that the disciples asked about the blind man: Is this man blind because of sin in his life or sin in his parents’ lives?) It’s the same idea as the leper; because of sin in his life God has removed His hand of mercy.

This was payment.

This was deserved.

Memory Is a Powerful Thing

If you’re told something long enough—regardless of reality—you begin to believe it. If a father tells his son he’s stupid over and over again, he’ll eventually believe it. Memory is why elephants can be controlled with simply one small chain attaching one foot to a tree stump.

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When the elephant is still a baby, the owner chains it to something heavy, so he won’t escape camp. It’s free to roam during the day, but each night it’s chained. Eventually, the elephant grows in size, weight, and strength. When the chain is put back on his foot and fastened to a small stump, he could easily pull the stump out of the ground or even break the chain. But because of the elephant’s strong memory, he believes the chain is stronger than he is. While his foot is chained, he is forever a prisoner to the chain.

Transition to the paralytic.

For years he’d been chained to feelings of inadequacy.

He was tortured.

Ostracized. The name-calling. And so many questions.

Why him? Why this? Will it ever end?

Maybe the stain went much deeper. Maybe he knew what he’d done. If the paralysis was the result of some terrible accident later in life, perhaps he could point to the sin, the cause for this result. No one else might know, but he did. He felt he deserved it, that this was fair penalty.

If only he could go back . . .

make different decisions . . .

his life would be different.

The mat was a sentence—

a life sentence that he would have to accept.

 

Taken to Jesus

He was tortured.

But, Jesus was in the house.

They carry him to Jesus.

You remember the scene in our last chapter. We witnessed the effort of the four friends. Their care and concern was evident. But, the house was overflowing. They’ve got to get to Jesus. This burden had become too much to bear. Touching Jesus was all that mattered.

The curiosity of the crowd kept them from getting through the door.  The desperation of their circumstance and the determination not to let this opportunity pass found them on the roof. They lay him down in the corner and spring into action. Unroofing the roof. Removing the tile. Digging through the thatch and mortar. As they labor, he’s once again alone with his thoughts. . . .

Was he embarrassed? I wish they wouldn’t. I didn’t ask for this.

Was he angry? You have no idea how I feel! And you’re only making it worse!

Was he self-conscious? Once again, the center of attention. The stares never end.

Was he grateful? Thank you! You’re enabling me to accomplish what I could never do on my own.

He Was Confused

He probably felt a mixture of all the above. Plus—he felt judged!

Let’s not lose sight of what’s going on here. He was the punished—the outcast seemingly as judgment of God.

Now, he’s had a stark reminder of how the people felt about him as they refused to let them pass through the door. He was able to hear the insults, to see the looks of disdain. It was simply the reality of his condition—the repeated percussion of worthlessness and despair.

On top of this, the men who had carried him here were now doing the unthinkable. They were tearing a hole in the roof. Do you realize how improper this action is?

Normal people don’t act this way.

The roof is there for a reason.

It affords shelter from the elements and shade in the day.

It’s protection from intruders of all kind and provides warmth on a cool night.

You simply don’t destroy another’s property.

What would the homeowners say?

What would they do?

This is completely out of line!

 

It’s an Interruption

Don’t forget what’s going on inside the house—what they’re about to interrupt. The Teacher is there. After all, that’s why the crowd has come. This is a teacher unlike any other. He teaches as though He actually knows what He’s talking about.

He speaks with authority!

Rabbis or teachers didn’t like to be interrupted.

It wasn’t looked upon favorably by either student or teacher.

But, that’s exactly what was going to happen.

Questions mounting.

An unclean, unwanted, unwelcome vandal. That’s what he has become.

What would be the reaction of the crowd?

How would the homeowner respond?

What would the teacher do?

 

Tortured.

There’s no other word for it.

He felt tortured.

It pulsated through his veins.

It taunted his thoughts.

It seared like a branding iron on soft skin.

All the questions would soon be answered. The men approach. With bleeding, dirty hands they take the corners of his prison. They lift and carry him to the hole they’ve made in the roof.

They lower him down. In front of everybody . . . right to the feet . . . of Jesus.

Look at him. Do you see the concern on his face? It’s written all over. The fear? The worry? Life has treated him harshly.

Jesus saw.

Wow. Aren’t you thankful that we have a Jesus who’s concerned about the entire individual? There it is: The benefit! Can you place yourself on that mat? It’s all about you. You’re center stage. Christ’s eyes are focused on you.

He saw his physical need. There’s no question about this. Everybody could see it. He’s on a mat. His body is a twisted, tangled, useless mess. After all, that’s why they brought him here. He can’t walk. He can’t do anything. Physically, he’s broken. His life had become nothing but a burden, to him and everyone else.  

 

What Jesus Sees

Jesus sees beyond the exterior to the interior. He is aware of much more than just the physical brokenness of this man. Looking beyond the shell, He sees the isolation, hurt, questions, and messy emotions. In other words, He sees the torture. He cares for the whole person.

Questions. Fears.

Feelings of inadequacy.

Tortured.

How would the teacher respond?

All questions are answered as Jesus begins to speak:

 

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,  

“Son, your sins are forgiven you”  (Mark 2:5).

Did you hear it?

“So . . .”

That’s how He begins. The first word He says is son.

That’s a big deal.

You see, it really is about YOU.

 

May we pause here for just a minute?

 

If we’re not careful we’ll read right over and miss the beauty of what’s going on. It’s easy to assume that this type of speech was common in Jesus vernacular. But it wasn’t.

This type of language is familial language. In other words, it’s the language of family. In the context of Jewish society in this biblical time if you were referring to one as son, he was actually your son.

Or, if you called someone child or daughter, she really was your child or daughter. It’s family talk. It’s very intimate. And, Jesus simply didn’t talk like this often. He would use the word son if He were speaking of one’s son, or daughter if He were referring to one’s daughter. But for Him to actually address someone as son or daughter was rare.

 

Three times.

That’s all.

That’s a big deal.

 

It’s a really big deal when you begin to realize that the only times you hear Him talk like this is to the outcast, the unwanted, the insecure. The words come from His mouth as an embrace to a fearful child. In the midst of turmoil He speaks comfort, peace, reassurance. Such a beautiful sound!

The only other times Jesus does this is in Mark 5:34 and in John 13:33.

They brought him to Jesus.

The callousness of the crowd made the house impenetrable.

A hole has been torn in the roof.

The instruction time of the Teacher has been interrupted.

The look of concern was on the man’s twisted face.

Tortured.

 

Jesus sees this man. Really sees him. Sure, He sees his physical need. However, He’s sees much more than that. First and foremost, He sees a heart that needs to be reconciled to his Father. He’ll deal with that for sure. His perception is perfect. There’s nothing hidden. He sees the feelings of inadequacy, hears the questions from his heart of why?

The incorrect thinking was obvious and needed to be corrected. So, with a word He verbally caresses the discomfort . . . erases all concern . . . embraces him with His word.

 

Son.

The first word He says.

He knew him.

He loved him.

He called him son.

Jesus lifts the man from the mat emotionally before He ever lifts Him physically.

His word spoke life.

Just what He needed.

 

Listen.

And, hear Him speak words today that you need to hear . . .

 


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Written by Staff on July 1, 2018 – 7:25 am -

An Unexpected Interruption

She Was Broken Physically. . .

“And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years,

came from behind. . .” (Matthew 9:20)

Mark adds this:

“. . . and had suffered many things from many physicians” (Mark 5:25-26).

Twelve years

4,383 days

6,311,520 minutes

378,691,200 seconds she had dealt with this issue.

It wasn’t normal. It wasn’t right. She had tried everything she knew to do. Doctors visited. Prayer after prayer has been prayed. Medicines taken and applied. Home remedies: Two chicken feathers dipped in lamp oil and matted with freshly shorn wool. She tried it all, but nothing would bring the relief she needed and longed for. What hopes were lingering now are beginning to diminish. She’s had her last doctor visit. She was no longer welcome to any physician.

She Was Broken Financially. . .

“She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse”

(Mark 5:26).

What little glimmer of hope she may have had in the medical profession was now gone. Considering that even if there were a wonder doctor that relocated to her area she wouldn’t be able to see him. Or, if some miracle cure was discovered, some newly researched medical breakthrough, it would be of no help to her. Why? She couldn’t afford it. She had written her last check. The bank had closed her account. Everything was gone. She had exhausted her funds. What a mess.

She Was Broken Spiritually. . .

Deserved. That’s what they thought. It’s a working out of the sin in her life. She must be some sort of pervert . . . she’s receiving punishment. God’s punishment. He had removed His hand from her life. She saw it in their eyes. The judgement. The disdain. All this had her an emotional wreck.

She Was Broken Relationally. . .

She’d never have a family of her own. Her condition made it impossible. Whatever bed she sat on, she would defile. She was unlovable, unwanted. Certainly she was being punished. She might as well just wait for it all to come to an end.

Broken.

That’s what she was. There’s just no other way to put it.

Completely broken.

What do you do with broken things?

Throw them out.

Get rid of them.

Carry out the trash.

The garbage must be discarded.

But, not the Artist. . . He’s at work and He sees a masterpiece.

She matters to the Father. He’s willing to move heaven and earth to help her. It’s all about her.

That’s how long she’s been waiting, how long she’s suffered. That’s how long she had been broken. But today something’s about to change.

“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd

and touched His garment. For she said,

‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well’” (Mark 5:27-28).

With the words “If only . . .” on her tongue, she makes her way to Jesus. I’m sure her heart sinks as she sees the crowd crushing in. She uses what little strength she has to edge her way through that crowd. They’re relentless. She’s weak, frail.

Tossed around like a ping-pong ball, she pushes her way through. In an instant she’s thrown to her knees. . . but, she can’t stop now. She’s almost there. When she gets within an arm’s length of Jesus, she reaches out her frail, trembling hand and grabs the edge of His garment and:

“Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up,

and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction” (Mark 5:29).

Immediately.

In an instant what she had given everything for she received. What she had sought after for twelve long years she found in a touch of the Artist. Reworked. Restored. She came to Him in pieces, now she leaves in His peace.

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

An unexpected interruption.

That’s the only way you can describe what just happened.


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