robert lindsay

Robert Lindsay, MSW, LCSW is a licensed family practitioner who specializes in mental health talk therapy. For over 23 years, Robert has been working with "at-risk" children, adolescents and their families. Robert serves as the Director of Clinical Operations of a mental health non-profit. He also consults with physicians in the local Emergency Department on patients, who are experiencing acute mental health crises. Robert is an author, columnist, consultant and speaker. Robert is the author of the new book, Rise Up.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (1)

God‘s always teaching us about Himself.  Sounds vain?  It would if we were to do the same, for we are a self-absorbed people.  God, on the other hand, is pure.  And being pure, He wants us to experience Him now, thereby experiencing real peace, real purpose, real life, and real freedom.

 

It’s fair to say, based on what we know; a baby in the womb knows not what awaits him or her beyond the womb.  The baby’s world is small by comparison to what awaits.  In the same way, each of us is being birthed into another realm.  This world’s like the womb.  We aren’t designed to be in this form long term and will outgrow it. 

 

Think of the mother talking to her baby in the womb.  She speaks softly, “I can’t wait to hold you.  You are amazing.  You have no idea what’s waiting for you here.  I love you and will do all I can to insure you know experience this love.”

 

As children, what do we desire most?  The answer is the presence of our parent(s).  Children mostly want us near, to hold, to snuggle, to experience our warmth, grace and love.  Like children, we are no different.  When anxious, scared or in need, if we believe, we seek God’s presence.  We want to know He is with us.

 

God is Spirit.   We discover Him in His creation, through His Word and through the person and Deity of Jesus.   Its only when we submit to Jesus that we truly can experience being born again and living by the Spirit.  Just as the baby is born in the womb and born again into this world, we too must experience the life changing power of the Holy Spirit to connect with God.

 

If you struggle with depression, self-worth, anger, relationships or any number of overwhelming thoughts that beat you down each day, choose Jesus.  Peace and liberty aren’t found in self-denial, mediation and the like; for these exercises, of themselves, are rooted in self.  Think on Jesus.  Mediate on Jesus.  Consider Jesus.  Seek the Jesus.  There’s a difference.

 

As you and I seek Jesus we become less absorbed and more focused on Who is truly for us.  “For if God is for us, who can be against us.” (2)  Dwelling on Jesus, reading His Scriptures and thinking on the character of Jesus is the only way to experience God’s presence.  For He alone is enough.

 

1: Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

2: Romans 8:31 (NIV)