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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/5/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 57:20-21 “But those who still reject me are like the restless sea. It is never still but continually churns up mire and dirt. There is not peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.

There just is no peace to be found for the soul apart from the Lord. All the promises of the world for peace are so shallow and empty. The soul is restless without the Lord and will never settle down to a life of peacefulness. The least little thing can break the appearances of peace. Because the soul without Christ is self-centered, it will always have problems with those who do not cater to its wants.

Living without the Lord never satisfies the longing of the soul. It is impossible for the soul to be content without the Lord. There will always be a craving for something else to satisfy. No matter what a person does or accumulates in life, it will never be enough. There will always be an emptiness, a lostness of the soul. People will crave for a sense of purpose and meaning for their lives, but will not find anything in the world which can give it to them. The restless soul will always be threatened or jealous of the accomplishments of others. It’s a life that never finds rest. There is no such thing as a wicked soul who has it altogether and is satisfied with it.

God gave us souls with a need for Christ. Only Jesus can clear up the muddy waters that encase the soul. He alone can give us what our souls need. He alone can give us purpose and meaning for living. When the Lord has control of the soul there no longer is a longing for something else. A relationship with God is what we were created for. In Christ alone we find the peace the soul craves for.

In those times in which we wander from God and reject His role in our lives, we find ourselves restless and unsatisfied. Peace eludes us and life is miserable. Dear friend, if you have wandered away from God or have rejected Him altogether, you will never be satisfied or find the peace your soul desperately needs. Only in Christ will you find what your soul craves for. Do not let another moment go by without the Lord. Turn to the Lord, confess your sins and the foolishness of your ways. Ask the Lord to forgive you and He will. In place of the emptiness of your soul He will give you a peace that passes all understanding.

Don’t believe Satan’s lies that you can find peace in the world apart from Christ. The only thing you will find is misery and death for your soul.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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