Do you thirst for more?

I have felt this longing, this deep thirst for more; for more of the Lord, especially the Holy Spirit in my life. I am a believer and follower of Jesus and have professed that through baptism, and yes, that means the Holy Spirit dwells in me. I know that, I believe that, and I am extremely thankful for that. The Lord loves me deeply, this I know.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?”
Psalm 42:1-2

God has blessed me with so much: an amazing husband for 27 years, 2 remarkable children, a nice home, a church family, multiple ministries that I am involved in, and I have several families I claim including birth families, adopted families and in-laws. For all of this, I cannot express my gratitude enough!

Even so, my heart has felt like I was missing something, or missing out on something. Not a physical item or tangible thing, but a deeper, stronger connection with God.

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:1

It seemed wrong to me to ask Him for more. With so much, why do I need more? That is what I kept asking myself. The Lord has done and given me so much. He has healed me, with NO scars of any kind, from being sexually abused. He has taught me forgiveness from being abused and abandoned. Not to mention He has forgiven me for my own sins and died in my place. So I didn’t ask God to grant me more, accepting what He has blessed me with already.

ALL OF THAT CHANGED YESTERDAY.

“You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst, And You told them to enter in order to possess The land which You swore to give them.”
Nehemiah 9:15

When God decides it is time for a revival, He goes in all the way. He prepares people’s hearts for it, He prepares the locations for it, and He puts those needed to work in place.

Why? Because He is ready to move among His people! He draws us to himself. He is ready to give us more of Himself, more of his Holy Spirit, for many purposes, but ultimately, for his glory.

In North Georgia, a revival has been ongoing now for over one year at a church in Dawsonville. A friend invited me to attend this revival with her and her husband, so with a nod from my husband, I went.

Let me tell you, if you are willing to sit in God’s waiting room for a visit, an intimate, personal, heartfelt touch from Him (as I did), then you will not be disappointed! He is SO real, and very willing to completely satisfy and fulfill all you need.

“..and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.”
1 Corinthians 10:3-4

Compare this to the days of dating your spouse. The beginning was exciting, new and fresh. As you learned more about each other, you began to grow closer, to have deeper feelings, stronger emotions. You developed such a meaningful bond, to the point of realizing that spending a few hours a day together just wasn’t enough. You were so committed to this relationship, that you were ready to take that next step of marriage. Marriage led to both of you having a more fulfilling and satisfying time together in every aspect.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Matthew 5:6

Look at it this way: if you skip a meal or two, your stomach growls and you feel weak. Those are good signs indicating you need to eat. If you don’t drink enough water, you begin to thirst and feel lethargic, parched. That tells you to get some water in your body quickly. So, if your soul aches and you are yearning for something, the Lord is putting this awareness in you for a reason, a holy purpose!

It is NOT wrong to be thirsty, to have a hunger, or desire MORE from God. That is a part of our growing closer in our walk with the Lord! He wants to bless us with a deeper relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit moving in our life. I know this now, very well.

Our Heavenly Father is passionate about sharing Himself and his gifts with us because we are his children. Don’t deny yourself whatever it is that He wants to give you. The Lord has already provided us the free gift of salvation, redeeming us from eternal separation from Him. Now maybe He has more for you?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7

Ask Him – boldly.
Seek Him – earnestly.
Trust Him – confidently.
Thank Him – regularly.

Food for thought: There are many gifts of the Holy Spirit. Read this passage for a better undertsanding. 1 Corinthians 12 .

Fun facts: Humans have an unquenchable thirst for water. If you are thirsty, this means you are dehydrated. A loss of 1-2% of water in your body can trigger thirst, leading to dehydration. This also leads to those painful kidney stones, foggy memory, and irritability.

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Topokah Falls of Sequoia National Park

Do you have a testimony about what the Lord is doing or has done in your life? I would love share it, publicly or anonymously, with the SnapInspire readers!
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