We spoke yesterday about how singing is a blessing to God, a gift to us and also a weapon in our armoury against the atmospheres that the enemy, ‘the prince of the power of the air’, Ephesians 2:2 NASB, creates all around us. I mentioned too that I believe it is also a key to releasing a fresh spirit of revelation in our spirit, whereby old truths become richer in meaning and more powerful in our journey of transformation.
The truth is this – there is always more with God. Not only is there always more revelation for us to receive, there is always more to learn and understand, more to grasp of His infinite wisdom, more to fathom of His boundless love, and more of His power and presence to experience. He truly is beyond anything we can imagine in our wildest dreams. And the good news is that not only is there more of, and more to God, in whatever area we are needing more of Him, He Himself is highly delighted when He sees that hunger in us for more.
With God we will never ever find ourselves in an Oliver Twist like scenario, where we are ‘told off’ for wanting more. On the contrary God loves to ‘fill the hungry with good things,’ Luke 1:53. In fact His invitation in both Old and New Testaments is to come thirsty and hungry for more, to ‘Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.’ Isaiah 55:1 Then there is David’s testimony, ‘because the Lord is my Shepherd ‘I shall not be in want’ Psalm 23:1 which encourages us even further that, not only do we have a heavenly Father who is rich in all the things that I need, but I also have a Shepherd who is delighted to lead me and supply all those things.
The Lord doesn’t mind us feeling hungry for more, in fact He loves it. From His own mouth we hear Him say, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.’ Matthew 5:6. And let’s not forget that the Laodicean church was rebuked for claiming, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing”, not realising that spiritually they were ‘wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked’ Revelation 3:17.
The truth is that it is a good place to be in when I feel my ‘lack’ or ‘poverty’in an area, because whatever I need ‘more of’, the Lord has it, and provided that it is in His will for me, He will give it and give it freely. Let’s have a look at a few scriptures that will build our faith in this respect. His purpose and plan for us is that we should find ‘fullness’ and, untill we think we have reached that place, we can always be asking for ‘more’.
We can always ask for more forgiveness, and more of His righteousness. 1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We can ask for more ofHislife to flow into us spiritually, ‘I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.’ Revelation 21:6. And ‘whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely’. 22:17 AV
And what about His wisdom and guidance? ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it shall be given him.’ James 1:5.
In fact whatever we realise that we are lacking and need in order to grow spiritually, is ours in Christ. ‘He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?’ Romans 8:32.
We have a generous and giving God, whose heart’s desire is that we should receive in full measure all the riches that Jesus paid for on the cross. That is – every blessing pertaining to our New Life in Christ, 2 Peter 1:3. God’s desire is that we, Christ’s body on earth, should be ‘the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.’ Ephesians 1:23. Paul also prays for the Ephesians that they might know the height, breadth, length and depth of the love of Christ that passes knowledge, in order ‘that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’ Ephesians 3:19. And the reason that God gave the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, was in order that we might attain to ‘the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’. Ephesians 4:13.
We can be so thankful therefore that when we feel our lack in an any area, it’s the start of feeling ‘hungry’ and therefore the pre-emptor to being filled. I’m not thankful that I ‘lack’ in some area of my Christian life, but thankful that I have become aware of that lack. So instead of bemoaning the fact that, for example, I am lacking in faith, or love, or patience etc, I can turn to the Lord and say “thank you Lord that you have allowed me to recognise my poverty in this area, that you have stirred my hunger, and that you are wanting to fill me to overflowing by your Spirit.” Then, as we have written now so many times before, that thankfulness will also put me in the best possible place to receive all that my loving and generous Father wants to pour into my life.
I can know, with confidence, that He is always more than happy to respond when I say, “Please Lord, can I have some more”.