Have you ever said:
- I want/need more of God
- Let’s go deeper with God
- We need revival, Revival starts in us
- I need to trust God more
- Jump all the way in
- Get deeper in the water
- I need to chase after Him with all I am
- I want to feel more of God’s love
I have said these words many times. Lately though, when I hear these statements made, there was something that made me go, Hmmmmmmm???? When that happens I start asking questions. Why do we say that? Is this just some type of Christianese statement? Is this necessary? Or maybe the most important question…Father how do You see this? Well that’s where I was at Monday morning. Some of my friends and my husband, as I talked to them about this added some of the above statements to the ones I had. If you have been in the church or around Christians you may have heard or used one of the above statements. Monday morning though I was asking God specifically about, ” I want more of You, I want to trust You more and I want to know/feel more of Your love”. When God speaks to me (and YES He SPEAKS to ALL believers) I hear Him, see the words, usually get a picture, and emotions all at the same time. It is usually a full body experience for me. So, when I say the words He said there was a large experience in this moment that I am hoping to capture for you. It was very simple…He said:
I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN MY ALL.
In that moment for me though came a rush of understanding with scripture and visuals that I would like to share with you.
The first was an emotion of complete peace. I understood I already had/have/will have all of Him in me, on my side I never need more of Him. How completely He loves me no matter what. He is working all things for my good. I NEVER have to chase Him, He is ALWAYS chasing me. There is no next level for me to get to because I have received it completely by believing in Who His Son is. All of us believers are on the same level, we all have issues God is working on and no one is better than someone else in God’s Kingdom. We dove fully into the water when we said yes to His Son and received His Holy Spirit that He breathed into us. And last but not least Revival is not a thing but a PERSON–the person that is right in front of you. Revival has and always will be simply walking in His Spirit which shines His light to the world around you. Share God’s freedom and love with those around you.
As the emotions and understanding were coming the scripture stories came. He reminded me about:
How a seed must fall to the ground and die to live (John 12:20-25)—this is what happens when we come to realize we can’t do this life without Jesus. Only through His death can we become free, alive and righteous (Romans 3:22; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 2:21; Philippians 1:11, 3:9; and 2 Peter 1:11) As we believe in Him-so we die to our old selves and then He breathes new life-and we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I have talked about faith and the mustard seed before in Do I Have Faith As Small As a Mustard Seed?!? Yet again this analogy holds true. I saw the faith that we come with as the mustard seed, which is all we need (Mark 4:30). This faith, this only commandment we must follow in the New Covenant is to simply believe in Who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us on the Cross (1 John 3:23). With that little seed of faith God does something wonderful for us. I did not say we do something!! He does!!! Let’s look at a tree (this is what God was showing me). The seed dies and life comes, and the tree grows. Does the tree cause itself to grow, NO!! Does the tree cause itself to flower, grow leaves, does the tree do anything…NO! Who caused the tree to flourish…GOD!! (Mark 4:26-29) It is the same with us. When Jesus talks about how Father takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers, Jesus is telling us God has us taken care of (Matthew 6:25-34). We, like the tree, do not have to work at having more faith, going to another level, getting deeper in the water, somehow thinking we are attaining something or getting it right. NO!! God is changing us, from glory to glory, growing us. We just believe in Jesus. He is our righteousness. I believe Who He is, what He says is true and rest in that…knowing He will cause ALL THINGS for my good (Romans 8:28). Just rest in His good soil and good water (Matthew 13:23). Rest in Him, you already have His more. You have His All. All His love, All His Holy Spirit, we have everything we need at any given moment, He chases after you relentlessly.
We really need to understand who we are to the Creator of the World. I had read this quote and want to share it here because I truly thought this was well said and is exactly how I understand my Father in Heaven feels about me and all of His sons and daughters: “What if I tell them, us, His people, there are no lists to follow? What if I tell them I don’t keep a log of past offenses or how little they pray, how often they’ve let me down, made promises that they don’t keep? What if I tell them they are righteous with my righteousness? They can do no wrong right now. What if I tell them they can stop beating themselves up? That they can stop being so formal, stiff, and jumpy around me? What if I tell them I’m crazy about them? What if I tell them even if they run to the ends of the Earth and do the most horrible, unthinkable things, that when they come back, I’d receive them with tears and a party? What if I tell them that I’m their Savior? They’re going to heaven no matter what. It’s a done deal. What if I tell them they have a new nature? Saints. Not saved sinners who should now buck up and be better Christians. After all, look what I’ve done for you. What if I tell them I actually live in them now, that I’ve put my love, power, and nature inside of them at their disposal? What if I tell them they don’t have to put on a mask? That it’s okay to be who they are at this moment with all their junk? That they don’t need to pretend about how close we are, how much they pray or don’t pray, how much Bible they read or don’t? What if they knew they don’t have to look over their shoulder for fear if things get too good, the other shoe’s going to drop? What if they knew I will never ever use the word “punish” in relation to them? What if they knew that when they mess up, I will never get back at them? What if they were convinced that bad circumstances aren’t my way of evening the score for taking advantage of me? What if they knew the basis of our friendship isn’t how little they sin, but how much they let me love them? What if I tell them they can hurt my heart, but that I will never hurt theirs? What if I tell them I like Eric Clapton’s music, too? What if I tell them I never really liked the Christmas hand bell deal with the white gloves at church? What if I tell them they can be open with their eyes when they pray and still go to heaven? What if I tell them there’s no secret agenda, no trap door? What if I tell them it isn’t about their self-effort but allowing me to live my life through them?”-Bill Thrall- Truefaced
This has been the essence of exactly what the Lord has been showing me over the last year or so. This is exactly what I desire and God desires each of His sons and daughters to firmly be planted in and believe. This is where we come to know we no longer need the above statements because it is already a reality. This is the reality I live in…come join me.