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Christ our Portion

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Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Psalm 63:3-5

We talk a lot about how much we love Jesus–how he is everything to us. Do we really mean it? Could we say that Jesus is enough, that we are completely satisfied with Him, if we lost family, friends, finances, and material possessions?

I’m not sure I could say that. My heart has become too tied to this world and everything in it. I don’t fully understand how Christ can be my everything.

But whether I know it or not, he is my everything and that is what I have to embrace. He tells us that everything he has is ours. Not only are we to inherit a wonderful kingdom and eternity of joy, but even now we can say, “The Lord is my portion.” And since we have him, we have everything that matters.

Octavius Winslow wrote a great piece on all the ways Christ is our portion.  Here are a few reasons he lists as to why we can be fully satisfied in Jesus.

1. He is our provider (Philip. 4:19)
2. He is our teacher (John 3:2)
3. He is our refiner (Mal. 3:3)
4. He is our bridegroom (Isaiah 54:5)
5. He is our Hope (1 Tim. 1:1)
6. He is our helper (Hebrews 13:6)
7. He is our healer (Ex. 15:26)
8. He is our deliverer (2 Cor. 1:10)
9. He is our saviour (Matt. 1:21)
10. He is our master (John 13:13)
11. He is our example (John 13:15)
12. He is our comforter, our burden bearer (Psalm 55:22)
13. He is our shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
14. He is our restorer (Psalm 23:3)
15. He is our light (Psalm 27:1)
16. He is our rest (Psalm 62:5)
17. He is our nourishment (John 6:55)
18. He is our peace (Eph. 2:14)
19. He is our song (Psalm 118:14)
20. He is our hope (Psalm 39:7)

With a God like this what else could we possible need? But our heart does not understand and our faith is often weak. And so we doubt.

How do we learn to rest in the truth that Jesus really is enough? Faith is the issue here. So how do we work on strengthening our faith? Even here God has provided what we need. He has given us his word and prayer and by these he causes our faith to grow.

We cannot have a strong faith apart from the word of God. It is a living book that will change us from the inside out. We also need that sweet communion with God through prayer. We must ask him to give us faith, to show us how to rest in his character, word, and promises. He is faithful, he will do it. If you say, “I believe, but I doubt as well.” So do I. But the smallest faith is evidence that God is at work in you, teaching you to trust him. So seek him and the gift of faith all the more and he will provide.

The creature without Christ is an empty thing,
a lamp without oil, a bone without marrow.
But when Christ is present our cup runs over,
and we eat bread to the full.
- Spurgeon

“My flesh and my heart fails; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.”
 Psalm 73:26

Looking to Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

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  1. Really love this. So thankful for the Word of our God. It’s so true: i will only be fully satisfied by praising Him.

  2. Hi

    If I should lose all my earthly goods today would I still trust God? only time will tell but I do believe God is my portion and He gives me all that I need from day to day.

    Jesus is my friends “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you”John 15:14.

    He is my father, For your heavenly Father knows that you need all…things” Matthew 6:32.

    Peace to you.

  3. I love the honestly in your posts, Jen! I love how gracious our Lord is, how He continues to teach us, love us and refine us more and more into His image. May we all let go of what this world has to offer each and everyday and cling to Jesus more and more…..love what you shared today! Thank you!:) Love!

  4. Of course you don’t say happily: “Bye kids…. it doesn’t matter that we have to part. I still have my Jesus, he is much more to me than you.” But if you have nothing left, sitting alone in the dark and you whisper in tears: ” Jesus, are you still here..?” then you know what it really means to say: “the Lord is my everything”

    • Oh yes, loss brings pain and tears, but if Jesus is our everything, then we can still say that he is good and we can still sing praises in the midst of our tears. It is a supernatural kind of power that comes through faith.

    • Thank you Eva, for this perspective. Jesus being our everything doesn’t mean life will not be hard and that we will not hurt deeply. It just means that we will get through it with Jesus and we have NOT lost everything even when we have lost all those mentioned. Losing a child is as close to losing your own life as you can get.

  5. I loved this post! It really hit home with me and am so glad I am not the only one that thinks these things! I thought if I felt this way I can’t possibly really have faith. It’s reassuring to hear that God is still working in me to bring me to greater faith. Thank you for this!

    • Sarah, I so needed this today, too! Isn’t it amazing how God gives us just what we need?!? Have a blessed day!

  6. Jen, this was so well written, pure, and honest. Thank you for being so transparent and allowing me to feel safe in my growing faith. It’s hard to imagine losing everything in this life and being content and satisfied. But, I have faith that Jesus is enough. I believe that He has blessed me with this life and all the wonderful people and things. I thank Him daily and trust Him every hour. By faith I say, He is my portion.

    Thank you for sharing your heart. This blog is so refreshing and encouraging.

    Ashley
    http://www.laughingwithashley.blogspot.com

    • Thank you, I am glad that it spoke to you. We all struggle with many of the same things so we might as well be honest and then help each other. :)

  7. I was thinking on this very thing this morning as I was in devotions. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to direct you in writing this blog today. Have a blessed weekend. :)

  8. It is so true that when your world seems to be crumbling around you and there is a really possibility that you could loose a lot of “everything”, if you are a believer , Jesus is enough! He carries you when you can no longer walk. I know for sure that Jesus is enough; and I pray that when I am tested again, that I replace the feeling of “sick with worry and hopelessness”, immediately replace those thoughts with the peace that come ONLY from resting in Jesus’ arms. He fights the battles and wins the wars. Praise God!!

    • This is so beautiful. Yes, we need to rest in the arms of Jesus when we feel hopeless and worried. Thanks for that encouragement.

  9. Great post, Jen! Without faith it is impossible to please God, and yet, if we ask Him for it, He will give it to us. What an awesome God! Love that list you shared from Octavius Winslow. Have a blessed week!

  10. Jen, I’d never heard of Octavius Winslow, so I had to look him up since we share the same name. Turns out my husband is a descendant of the same Pilgrim forefather who sailed on the Mayflower! I was inspired by reading about Octavius’ life and ministry, to see the faithfulness of God through many generations!

  11. This was an awesome post! I was led to stop and give a Jesus praise as I went down the list, reading how he has become most of them in my life. Thank you for this wonderful virtual ministry

  12. Dawn EmMa says:

    In the midst of pain and sorrow there is nothing more beautiful then discovering that Jesus is and was enough all the long, and when I discovered that, I received my joy back, and I also received peace and sure footing in the midst of the storm. Truly my lips and my entire being praises Him in all things and through all things. To God be the Glory!

    • What a great testimony! God is good all the time and if we cling to him and seek him during difficulty we will be blessed.

  13. I can’t tell you how much I have loved this study so far… and I truly expect it to get even better! I have been blogging about what I’ve learned from this Bible study. Here is the link for this week: http://wp.me/p2Xnc5-i1

    Thank y’all SO much for this. You have no idea what it has meant to me.

    Blessings,
    Molly

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