Exhortations

Emptiness

Emptiness: we can have everything, but without God, there is no hope and joy.

When you feel something is lacking in your walk to righteous living and cannot define it, you probably need to go outside the box of fundamentals. However, you cannot just leave the faith you have rooted into, maybe because of fear that you might lose something, especially if you are fortunate to have more than enough in life and do not want to take a chance to lose it. You probably believe that your faith gave you that good life. Nevertheless, why is the conscience telling you something is missing? Feeling emptiness is incomplete happiness.

We can be happy for having enough, but we do not have the joy to break the barriers to have the fullness and contentment in life because of fear that if you do something out of the faith you are in, accepting the truth that is at your hand might become the reason to lose everything that you are happy about. If you are a Christian, you do not need to leave the faith you have believed in, but stirring new freshwater may add to your already acquired knowledge and, hence, the revelation of freeing yourself from the spirit of confusion.

Emptiness is the issue of getting out of your comfort zone. It is hard to give up, but if your conscience is bothering you, meditate on this scripture: Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples, indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Knowing the truth freed the disciples from deception, errors, and heresies. The truth will guide us to grow and open our eyes that behind the emptiness, there is a gate of understanding that once we decide and put the fear behind us, we will find a new life full of joy, long and lasting joy, free of worries because we have the truth that we received the kingdom which is within us, the kingdom of the chosen ones entrusted to us to sustain.

Luke recorded in 17:21 that the kingdom of God, Jesus replied, is not something people will be able to see and point to. Then came these striking words: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! On the other hand, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Now that the enlightenment is within us, our hearts will be whole; our emptiness will be replaced with God’s presence, and the Spirit of God will remain in us.

Let us be strong and courageous, let fear destroy its own, and we must not be discouraged during our journey, as many enticing promises will tempt us as we start protecting the kingdom. Those we will encounter are all deceitful acts of our adversary, just as how he tried to deceive Jesus with hard-to-reject promises but eventually failed. We must not be afraid or discouraged, for God is with us wherever we go. The devil cannot harm us in any situation, especially when feeling defeated. We must cast cares to the LORD, who will hold us not to fall. Give your trust, and he will never let you be shaken.” “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6.

God will take over when we present ourselves and confess that without Him, it is impossible to win the crown of victory. We do not need to be worried, scared, or anxious, for nothing is more significant than God. Let us humble ourselves and depend on His word that He will never leave nor forsake us, especially when the flesh is fighting against principalities in the heavenly realm. Trust and love God, and all things work together for the good of those who love Him.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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