More of Jesus . . . we long to experience more of Him as we grow closer to Him. Jesus longs for you to experience more of Himself too.
Yet often when Jesus leads us into an experience of more of Himself we hold back.
If more of Jesus is truly what we are longing for it will involve the:
- Stretching of our faith
- Deepening of our prayer life
- Strengthening of our willingness to obey His voice at a moment’s notice
- Developing a daily practice of going to places and into situations that He is inviting us to join Him in
In our longing, Jesus’ offer to us is often that of Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Also see Colossians 2:1-3)
In answer to our longing, Jesus invitation to our hearts is often that of Isaiah 50:4-5 (ESV)
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward.
And yet in both Jesus’ offer and invitation to our longing, sadly we do turn backward and go no further.
In my work as a prophetic intercessor, partnering and interacting with ministry leaders, I have the privilege of interacting with many mature believers who have long ago committed their lives to serving and following Jesus wholeheartedly and unwaveringly.
Again and again through conversation, I have heard their heart cry of longing to experience Jesus in a deeper way.
In talking with one of my mentors and friends, a pastor of 30+ years, he described this tug-of-war of the heart as:
All I know Angela is that if you’re crazy, then I must be just as crazy as you. We all long for more of God and biblical Christianity, and then when Father reveals Himself and speaks, we question and doubt.
It is in our questions and doubts that we have the opportunity to go forward in faith or backward into our comfort zone.
Jesus always has and always will challenged His dearly Beloved children’s comfort zones.
What comfort zone is Jesus confronting in your life?
What comfortable beliefs is Jesus challenging in your heart?
Like the father of the son with a demonic spirit, do you need to cry:
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Is Jesus reassuring your heart as He did with Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue whose daughter was dying:
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Jesus longs for you to experience more of Himself and His hand is reaching out for you to take hold and join Him in an adventure that will transform your heart and life to the point that you will never be the same.