Hungering for Holy Things

 

We are interesting. We are physical. We have mass. We can touch and feel. We can see ourselves. But then we are spiritual too. We can’t see that. But we can feel it.

We exist on 2 planes of reality at once. Jesus spoke of a kingdom that is “not of this world” and I believe that we have direct access to that and all of the glory that it has to offer at all times.

I believe that our desire for “more” is because we are designed to be intimately connected to something that this world can never offer. And because we are both physical and spiritual we attempt to achieve fullness through physical, because it’s just the easiest.

What generally happens is that we try to reach completeness and end up feeling more empty that before. Because our means of completeness have wildly false expectations.

We attempt to fulfill this hunger. This Desire. This NEED. With things of this world.

But in truth this is a hunger and thirst for the Holy things of a kingdom unseen.

We thirst for a living water, translated from the Greek as a water from a spring. Clean and pure.

We hunger for justice and mercy and redemption.

John the Baptist shouted “Repent. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” And then Jesus exploded onto the scene.

turning Water into wine

flipping tables

hanging with Samaritan women

calling men who the ministry already rejected to follow him

building a church on a man who fell more times than we may ever

restoring sight to the blind

feeding thousands with a child’s lunch

healing the crippled to walk

dying to defeat death

 

You want to know what that void in your life looks like fulfilled? It looks like Jesus. Complete and total connection with that world that you can’t see but you feel calling your name.

That void is full of submission, service and sacrifice. That void was never meant to be filled by anything that you or this world has to offer. It wasn’t meant to filled by a man or a woman. It wasn’t meant to be filled by success or achievement. It is fulfilled with direct and intimate connection with the Father.

It is filled by the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit. The direct presence of God dwelling in in you. Nothing will make a man or woman feel more complete than the moment that the Holy Spirit says, “Alright, I’m here. Now let’s get to work.”

When the Spirit of the Living God takes up residence in you the things you feel change. The unseen kingdom becomes almost tangible. The stories of the bible of the blind seeing, the lame walking the water turning to wine… those stories become real. God begins to ask us to partake in those modern day stories.

He uses us to bring healing.

He uses us to continue his work.

He uses us to preach the good news.

He uses us to prepare the soil.

He uses us to scatter the seeds.

He uses us to harvest the crops.

Crops of redemption. Crops of salvation. Crops of wholeness.

There’s one thing that is consistent in scripture. Where ever the spirit of the Lord went things were impacted and history was changed.

Are you so addicted to control of your life that the Spirit of God in you is being restrained?

Let go of control today. See what it looks like when leave control and pride at the alter. Allow the Spirit of the Father to direct you.

Allow healing and restoration to flow from your finger tips.

Allow miracles to be a part of your life.

Allow your broken story to become complete.

Allow praise and prophesy to flow from your lips.

That void that you have held onto has held you back for far too long. Today, dive into the water. Sing at the top of your lungs. Dance before the Lord. Today is a new day. Today is THE day that you allow the Spirit of the Lord to be free from the tiny box that you put him in and stored away in the corner of your heart.

Today, live.

 

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Hungering for Holy Things

Healed hands heal many.

A friend of mine once said something that has always stuck with me,

“Healed people heal people, hurt people hurt people.”

I can acknowledge so many places in my own behavior that is true. I can see where I have hurt people because of my hurts and I can see where I have helped bring healing because of healing that I have received.

I believe that we are designed to pass healing to the world. In fact we (Christ followers) are called to be ambassadors of Christ, be his representatives. Which would put a responsibility of healing on us. Spiritual healing is a gift, and we love to share our best gifts.

Our responsibility is to receive as much healing as we can! The overflow of that will be the passing on of that healing. The only way to receive healing is to die to the things that are holding you back from that. Generally, pride.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

One thing about the truly poor, they can’t hide it. It’s out for us all to see.                          Loud and not so proud.

We, however, have no idea what that’s like.

We play our highlight reels on social media daily.

We show our riches to the world.

We hide our poverty behind our pride, we hide behind the jealousy of others, we mask our poverty with Instagram smiling faces.

I’m not saying that we should be tweeting ashes and sackcloth clad selfies, that would be the same thing as the smiling photos that are masking the pain… it would be a façade for the actual spiritual poverty.

What I’m saying is maybe our poverty would be best put on display by not displaying anything for a moment.

Maybe our poverty would have a chance to actually gain a voice if we silenced the constant public broadcast of ourselves.

 

The cure is in the silence.

The kingdom of heaven begins to whisper to us quietly in those moments when we take a moment to listen and not talk.

When the selfies are put on hold

when the highlight reel freezes

when we are too broken to care about those things.

In those moments, listen… be patient. Be still. Just know.

Healed hands heal many.