‘Longing is like a seed that wrestles in the ground.’ Emily Dickinson
“I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God” (Psalm 84:2 NLT).
Longing is a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need. A yearning desire, a craving, hunger, thirst, urge, lust, hankering, need, zeal, ache, burning. My heart longs to be known, to be heard, to be seen, to be loved, to be free. My heart longs for meaning, purpose and destiny. My heart longs for joy, for rest, for peace, to be in the presence of God. “As a dear longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1 NLT). What is your heart longing and living for?
If you are longing for life then you better be longing for God
Jesus speaking: “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33 NIV).
What ever you are longing for is what you’ll be living for
‘Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts is restless until it finds its rest in thee.’ Augustine of Hippo, Confessions I would add; Our hearts long for you until we find rest in you.
What gives you meaning and purpose? What drives you every morning? Have you lost your way? Have you lost the longing to live? If so, who or what stole it? Do you believe you have an enemy that longs to destroy you? The Bible tells us we do (1 Peter 5:8). It also tells us that we have an advocate (Luke 4:18). “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV). Jesus is our advocate. He is our champion. He has never left us nor forsaken us. He has never lost a battle and never will. He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, king Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15 NLT). David knew who his champion was. “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head” (1 Samual 17:46 NIV).
What is getting in your way to living the abundant life?
I personally am longing to know my meaning, purpose and destiny in life and to live it out to the fullest. I’m longing to know who God is and who He created me to be. How about you, what are you longing for? Are you pursuing it? The major problem we have in pursuing our true destiny is that lies spoken to us about ourselves have stolen our true identity. We don’t know who we truly are and where we are going. Without an identity we are lost.
What is the stronghold that’s preventing you to live out your true destiny?
Stronghold: A castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness. Anything on which one relies upon. Arguments, lies that go against the knowledge of God. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV).
If your heart is longing to live out of the strongholds of fear, anger, guilt, unforgiveness, lust and/or shame, your heart will long to give them power. As long as you are stuck living out of these strongholds you will never discover the true you. There are plenty other strongholds that will take hold of our hearts. It would be wise to root them out. If you don’t root them out, confess them and repent, you will continue to mask them and continue to live in fear of being found out. Seek wisdom (James 1:5). Seek freedom (1 Corinthians 7:21). Seek truth (John 14:6). Stop longing to live out a lie and start longing to live out the truth. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 NIV).
Discover the root of your stronghold
‘When solving problems, dig at the root instead of just hacking away at the leaves.’ Anthony J. D’Angelo
Here are some stronghold roots: injustice, trauma, rejection, abandonment, neglect, and abuse of all kinds. Dig out the root of the problem, get healing and your heart will be released. Have God search you and test you (Psalm 139:23,24). Ask Him to heal you. Move out of darkness and into the light. Our power should come from God alone.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war against the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthian 10:3-5 ESV).
‘Are we reaching up for the powerful hand of God or are we holding tightly to a problem (stronghold) that will only pull us down.’ Diane K. Chamberlain Parenthesis mine