Thomas Nelson, published 2004, Christian Non-fiction, 146 pages
This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
The subtitle is "Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy."
Why do we spend our lives searching for happiness? Isn't happiness fleeting, here today and maybe gone tomorrow? Doesn't sometimes what makes us happy this morning is not what makes us happy by this afternoon? This search for happiness is really a reverting arrow back at our own pride, our own need for elevation/glorification. I believe that what we are really searching for is not happiness to feed that whole in our heart, we need Jesus and to place Him first.
Max has a God given talent in writing; he writes word pictures that anyone can relate to and understand. I ate this book like a slice of chocolate pie, savoring the delicious tid-bits--that were not really tid-bits; but morsels of teaching that soaked in to my bone.
"When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or a favor from God, but God Himself, we cross a threshold. Less self focus, more God-focus. Less about me, more about Him."
It's Not About Me, it's All About Him.
Pride stops us from believing this, pride stops us from accepting Jesus as our Savior and Master. Pride masks itself in achievements and beauty; but it is a ravenous bear.
I loved this book! It is a good book for individual reading and would be excellent for discussion group use.
Have you ever considered the holiness of God?
Max writes that, "God's holiness silences human boasting."
"Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come."
Revelation 4: 6-8
In the Isaiah 6: 1-3 passage these seraphs cover their faces and their feet. They cover their faces and feet in the presence of the Holy Lord God Almighty!
When they speak continuously, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come." This should not be looked at as a repeated echo of the first, but a continuous statement proclaiming that He is Holy, He is the Lord God Almighty!
He is God, and we are not.
It's Not About Me, it's all about the Holy Lord God Almighty!
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