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.

love is life

Sometimes I neglect to marvel at the wonders of the cross.

The marvels of God’s deep, rich, indescribable love for me.

Seriously, stop what you are doing and reflect on that.

Reflect on his glory. Consider his majesty. Stop and consider this, written by Brennan Manning:
“The slant of the earth for example, tilted at an angle of 23 degrees, produces our seasons. Scientists tell us that if the earth had not been tilted exactly as it is, vapors from the oceans would move both north and south, piling up vast continents of ice. If the moon were only 50,000 miles away from earth rather than 250,000 the tides would be so enormous that all continents would be submerged in water- even mountains would be eroded. If the crust of the earth had been only 10 feet thicker, there would be no oxygen, and without it all animal life would die, had the oceans been only a few feet deeper, carbon dioxide and oxygen would have been absorbed and no vegetable life would exist. The earths weight has been estimated at six sextillion tons that a six with 21 zeros behind it. Yet it is perfectly balanced and turns on it’s axis. It rotates daily at the rate of more than a thousand miles per hour, or 25,000 miles each day… this adds up to 9 million miles each year. Considering the enormous weight of 6 sextillion tons rolling at the fantastic speed around this invisible axis, held in place by bands of gravitation, the words of Job 26:7 take on unparalleled signifigance: ‘He poised the world on nothingness'”

THINK ABOUT THAT! He created all of this for you… so that you could live! Every detail scientifically calculated, from subatomic physics to the quantum physics to the color of the sunset… He loves you so deeply and passionately that he created the scent of mountain air, the softness of an infants cheek, the beauty of the morning dew resting in the sun rise! Our lives are packed full of meaning!

The meaning of our lives is love! Love created us and love propels us through the universe at 9,000,000 miles a year on a tiny rock that only weighs 6,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo,ooo tons.

Nothing motivates love like love. Nothing in all of creation has the impact of love. Why? Because love wasn’t created… it always was! It is the very nature of the ever lasting God, who was, and is, and is to come! Love is the one thing that sustains us all.

Take a minute and reflect on that. Love is the reason that you are abel to read this right now.

Do me a favor, stop and consider that, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, think of the significance of you, so insignificant in comparison to the universe, and yet you are being sustained by things that are perfectly calculated… consider for a moment that it’s not by chance, but rather it was created just for you, to sustain your life; that your perceived insignificance is the distortion of the truth of your actual significance to something that loves you so deeply that it gave up everything to see you breathe. That your breath was the most precious thing in all of creation. Consider the possibility of a being so great that it was actually able to breathe LIFE! That breath was life! Not metaphorically speaking, but literally life.
Consider that the being had been separated from the very thing that it loved so much that it created the perfect environment to sustain life. Imagine the heart break of that, imagine the heart break of having what you love more than anything turn it’s back from you. And then consider the joy of that being when a new way was made possible; that the rift in the relationship was not irreversible. Consider that the tiny rock you are on flying through space and time on was created for you to come back to the original love that breathed life into you. Maybe, just maybe, the creator of all of this, created it just for you… just for you to come to him. Maybe, just maybe, he is waiting on you to come to him, and maybe… just maybe he created all of this to sustain you, but possibly he created it so intricate to point you back to him, so that you could not forget the extravagance of his love for you.

The significance of your life is immeasurable. You are valuable beyond human comprehension. When you compare your worth with the intricacies of the universe and the fact that they are created to sustain you, you begin to see glimpses of your actual value to the creator.

I neglect this love constantly. The amount of time I spend reflecting on this, when compared to things that are worthless in my life is insane. I would rather check facebook than check myself reflecting the glory of this love… Why do I do this? Maybe I’m not reflecting that glory and maybe I want to avoid that thought. Maybe it’s easier to fill my life with insignificance than to allow that love to take control… maybe it’s safer.

But the beautiful thing about love is that it has no regard for safety! When I begin to reflect on that love, so extravagant, I begin to throw caution to the wind and want nothing more than to live a life reflecting that love to the world. I want to live my life alongside the one that created me and sustains me through greater means than I will ever be able to fathom.

Safety is an illusion that separates us from life. Comfort separates us from love.
Love is an adventure, full of danger… and life.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

love is life