Godly Angst

2014 Linger Conference

The adage, "you can never have enough of a good thing" often falls short of truth. However, there is one area of life where appetites should be insatiable, where you can truly never get enough.  In this 54-minute session from the 2014 Linger Conference, Matt Chandler works from Romans 8, contrasting the common contentment many believers have in their relationship with God against the biblical example of sons and daughters of God who live with a godly angst—never satisfied, but always desiring more and more of Him. Matt Chandler is Lead Pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, TX and President of the Acts 29 church planting network. He is author of The Explicit Gospel and Recovering Redemption.

Do you ever wrestle with accepting or believing that you've been completely justified through Christ's sacrifice, that God has fully pardoned you of your sin? Why or why not?
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Do you ever feel as though God perhaps likes some future, better version of you, but doesn't really like you? How does this run counter to the reality of your justification and adoption?
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Matt drew a contrast between guilt and conviction, "guilt makes you run from God, conviction makes you run to Him." How have you experienced this distinction yourself? Why should it be a comfort to our souls when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin?
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Matt exhorted, "Don't despise your dark days. They are a gift. They reveal so much about your heart." How does a firm grasp on the reality that you are an heir, a son or daughter of God, bring strength and purpose to seasons of suffering and trials?
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What hinders you from lingering in the presence of God? What has a tendency to curb what should be a godly angst, a holy desire for more and more of Him in your life? Is it a failure to believe in your full justification before God or adoption as His son/daughter and heir?
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As one who is in Christ, you are fully justified before God and adopted as His own. This news fuels a sincere desire to passionately pursue Him. As Matt said, "the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that you get God and he's going to be enough, regardless." Whether you are struggling with a lack of desire to pursue Him or are in a position where you burn with a godly angst for Him, press in to the truth of who you are in Christ. Take a moment to pray the Scripture passage below back to God, asking that He grant you an ever growing desire for more of Him.

Psalm 63:1-8 (ESV)

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

1O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,

beholding your power and glory.

3Because your steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise you.

4So I will bless you as long as I live;

in your name I will lift up my hands.

5My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,

and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

6when I remember you upon my bed,

and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

7for you have been my help,

and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

8My soul clings to you;

your right hand upholds me.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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