We’re always looking toward the horizon—hoping to see what we long for. Believing for something better. Longing for the next great move of God. Knowing that our big breakthrough is just around the corner.
Through 28 years of full-time ministry, I have listened and searched for where God was moving next. I looked for the next great outpouring. I watched for the next revival. I hoped. I prayed…and I prayed some more; but the next great thing always seemed just beyond my grasp.
Of course, there have been many signs and wonders along the way. Hints of things to come. Miracles to draw us into the future. And of course, there have always been men and women of God declaring the good things God is doing in diverse places.
But still, the questions loomed in my heart, year after year…decade after decade. Where next, God?
Well, more recently, a new sense of things arose in my heart—a fresh understanding. My soul stirred with renewed hope. The answer was staring at me in the face all along. Jesus’ response to my question was unexpected. It confronted my normal mode of operation—my earthly thinking. It challenged my perceived needs. The Lord was revealing something afresh in me—I was becoming aware that my search was almost over.
Then it came…like a flood…the thought hit me, “I believe because I am loved. I’ve always been loved. I’m not waiting for anything more real than what I have right now.” I did not need to be made more right. I did not need to be taught better success strategies. I did not need another move of God.
I simply needed to know that I am not alone. God was with me. I had everything I needed.
The truth is so simple. At the deepest places of the human heart, our need is pretty plain. When we get past all the natural longings of the flesh, we all want what everybody wants…to know that our lives matter…that someone cares about us. When you strip away the veneer of religious trappings, whether they be the traditions of church culture or the atmosphere of the supernatural, we are all the same. We want the meaning that flows from being loved and loving others.
Over the next several weeks, I want to partner with you in a journey of searching out the depths of this Gospel and its power to transform life and all its surroundings.
You see, the secret to the longings of our heart is this: there is no new move of God to look for; He has already done it all! Every promise is already fulfilled in the cross. It’s wired into all of creation. This is the gospel—Jesus paid it all! No one has a special access card to the power of God. There is no individual ministry or church out there that has the keys of the Kingdom more than anyone else.
For all who believe, they already have access to everything that is heaven and Spirit!
For now, consider these heartfelt sentiments of the Psalmist, “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.”(Psalm 139:4-6, ESV) Listen to the Word. The hand of God is already upon you! He is not far. The Lord is already working!
How are we to live, then, under this awesome “good news?” Let’s find out!
© March 8th, 2018; James Sheen