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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: Escape From Reality
By Virginia Gorg
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Escape from reality – escape from stress – escape from financial difficulties – escape from unhappiness.
I have searched and searched but could not find anywhere to escape from the difficulties of life. As a child, I looked for new toys and dolls, but I was never satisfied. As a teenager, I tried to be friends with the ‘in-crowd,’ but I never really fit it. As a young adult, I decided that marriage would be the answer to my happiness and I would finally be able to escape the trials of life. After ten years in an unhappy marriage, I escaped that way to life and tried to find happiness in being a single parent to a young daughter. For many years, I was content, but never happy. I was still searching for an escape – a way out of this humdrum existence.
Finally, I found it - an escape from materialism, an escape from daily struggles, an escape from unhappiness, and escape from melancholy.
I found Jesus Christ – the risen Lord, who is alive and well! I must explain that I was raised in a church that only taught about God. Several years ago, I joined a Pentecostal faith and WOW! It was incredible to learn that God is real, living, and wants to be part of my life. More than that, I can read my Bible, take notes, WRITE in it, and escape from the everyday into the awesome and living Word of God!
As I escape into my daily reading, I am giving Jesus the chance to speak to me. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
God has truly opened my eyes to the realities of who He is and what He has done for me – and wants to do for everyone. God takes an ordinary, drab day and turns it into a day filled with His knowledge, love, and insight. I seek to learn more about Him, focus on Him, and know that my future is secure. The day will come when I escape from this materialistic world and join Him in Heaven.
Psalm 68:20 reads: “Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.” As I read that verse, I think about the word escape again. Jesus has given me a way to escape everyone’s ultimate fear – death. Jesus, by His death on the cross, has shown me the way to eternal life. In order to escape the evils of the world, I must embrace Him. I do not need artificial man-made things to help me escape; I need only the living Word of Christ.
For me, escaping is the key – escaping the fools of the world and falling into the loving, open arms of my dear Savior. Some day, I will truly escape the confines of the earth, this body made from dust, and escape into eternity with my Lord Jesus! He alone is worthy of all my praise and I will lavish Him with it forever.
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