WE MUST HAVE MORE.
Everyone who has encountered the Presence of the Living God knows what it feels like. We all know in that place that we must have more of God. What we have is not enough. We need Jesus, and in desperation when we cry out to Him with expectation that He will move, HE MOVES. He comes with fullness. He comes with power. He comes with joy. He comes with passion.
Do not be afraid to cry out to God in desperation.
Do not be afraid of what other people think of you when you cry out to God. Do not think about what other people are doing because in that moment it doesn't matter. When you fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith, there is nothing else that matters because your gaze is upon Jesus. When you cry out to Jesus with everything in you, there is an exchange that takes place. When you give God all of you, He gives all of Himself to you. When you give Him your ashes He gives you His beauty. You give Him your struggles and He gives you uncontainable, unexplainable JOY beyond compare. He gives you joy because you are worthy of it. You are not a slave to depression. You are not a slave to fear. You are not a slave.
In that moment of complete trust and surrender when you say to Jesus, "You can have it all. You can have all of me. I don't care about anything else except YOU. I do not care about the future or what happens I just know I must have more of You. I must have more of your Spirit and what we have is not enough. I need you. We need you Jesus." Putting the name of Jesus on your lips is the most moving, humbling, and powerful thing you can say. When you say "JESUS" your Spirit is instantly humbled in that place and you are completely still before the Lord. God is a big God, and He can take your pain. He's not going to give it back to you. It's buried, and from then on it's declared dead in your life. It's up to you to leave it there.
But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury the own dead." Matthew 8:22
It is not our job to find a shovel and start digging at the grave. It's not our job to dig up the past because of fear. We are not called to be afraid of the future because of our past. We are called to walk in freedom and love.
We are called to walk in a romanced, crazy, passionate love relationship with Jesus.
With faith the size of a mustard seed you are capable of moving mountains into the sea. With faith and trust in Jesus, you are called to step away from that grave. You are called to walk away and never look back because you're not going that way. You have to keep going forward. One foot in front of the other. Keep walking. The season in front of you is far greater than the season behind you. The season you're about to walk into is far greater than the season you just walked out of. God always has a purpose for every season. Press into Jesus. Jesus' voice speaks high above every other one.
In the Presence of God every other voice is forced to be silenced because they no longer have the authority to speak.
Do not be afraid to trust Jesus. He is trustworthy, and worthy of love. Your love. Pour it out to Him. Because He is worthy of love, YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE. You are worthy of being loved by the Father because it is a fruit of the Spirit that we cannot live without. We cannot live without the love of Jesus. It's called surviving. We survive without it because out Spirit is constantly running on empty. And if you only fill yourself on Sundays and Wednesdays when you come to church, how hungry is your spirit? How would your natural body feel if you only fed it once or twice a week? Your Spirit needs to be filled with the love of Jesus every single day because you cannot live without it. It is a dangerous place to survive becaue there are so many other voices and opinions that try to tell you that you aren't worthy of love. That you don't deserve it. Those voiced have been silenced by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
YOU do deserve love because the one Man who is capable of giving you that love died on a cross for you. That one Man who died on the cross took 39+ beatings from a spiked whip for you. He had a crown of thorns, literal thorns pushed into his head for you. They nailed HUGE nails into the palms of His hands. He carried a wooden cross up a mountain while being beaten and persecuted for you. His body bled every last drop out for you. All because you are worthy of being loved and that was how He made you worthy of it. He took the insults, and the pain, and the guilt, the shame, and ALL of the sins and struggles of mankind on His shoulders- FOR YOU. Jesus was, is, and will always be enough for us. When we ask for more, we better ask humbly. When we ask for more what I mean is, "If there is more of God than I have right now, I MUST HAVE IT. I MUST ENCOUNTER HIM LIKE NEVER BEFORE."
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." John 19:28
JESUS WAS THIRSTY!! At that time if Jesus was thirsty, how much thirst should we have? Yes, He was thirsty for literal water but we should be so thirsty for His Spirit. Jesus was thirsty when He had bled almost all of His blood out. He was thirsty at the point where He was minutes from death. He was thirsty, so we should be thirsty and hungry for Him. If you never encountered God in your entire life, I don't know how you made it. I know for myself that I must have more of Jesus at any cost. I sacrifice all of myself for Him because He is my King and He deserves all of me.
When He had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit. John 19:30
When Jesus bowed His head and gave up His Spirit, He wasn't faking it. When He said "It is finished." He meant it with His whole heart.
He said, "It is finished." so that it would be- FOR YOU.
Those were His last words out of His mouth before He gave up His Spirit. You know why? He said it because we needed to hear it. He came to fulfill the prophecy from the Scripture, and that is exactly what He did- FOR YOU.