You are so much more than what you or others can see or touch.
You are so much more than what you’ve known or done.
You are so much more than what others think or how your perceptions frame your self-image.
You could never be accurately measured by what you own or lack.
You are more than your age and therefore cannot be tethered to the adages of young or old.
You are a child of the eternal realm.
You are more than single, divorced, widowed, or married.
You are far more than your gender.
These attributes are tangible expressions of the structure that houses the real life that is you. They represent how our lives appear to be, but they are not our source of life.
Our Spirit is Frustrated by the Confines of the Body
We were created in the image of God, and God is spirit. Though it is invisible, this spirit is as real and as near as the very breath we draw. The God of fire and love consumes all that hinders the expression and reception of his love.
Presently, the flawed confines of our human frames are an awkward fit for our spirits. The tension between our longing for release and the reality of our earthly containment is often the very thing that awakens a desire for more.
Young and old, we are frustrated by limits and betrayed by the same. So why would any of us ever imagine that a human physical experience would have the power to heal the human spirit?
Our Spirit is Frustrated by Cultural Labels
The limits of the letter of the law are not simply the humanly impossible legalities of religion—the law also includes what our culture has written on our flesh. It is the labels we are encouraged to wear.
Until we see that living by labels and letters is spiritual death, we will continue to turn to the wrong source for the right thing. We need someone to speak spirit-to-spirit to the depths of our longing and bring clarity to our human confusion. You are made for intimate, spirit filled connection with the Father.
God is Your Best Friend
God is not ignorant of our pain or repulsed by our condition. He sees us wrestling with confusion. He does not pull away when he sees us struggling. His spirit draws nearer, waiting, lingering, oh so gently, like a mother beside a frightened or fitful child. This is the adamantly intimate, steadfast nature of our Creator, who is at once around us and within us. Intimacy leaves no room for shadowed spaces, so do not hide. Your Father sees and loves the real you. Trust that the One who formed you will also breathe his life into you.
- He will not repeat the lies others have spoken over you.
- He will not allow a lie you’ve spoken over yourself to be called truth.
- He will not allow a label to be your limit. In his presence, every label falls away, even the ones you’ve written on yourself.
- He calls you by name, not the names you’ve been called.
- He calls you by the name the Spirit sees when it hovers.
- He’s been face to face with your deepest longings and darkest fears.
- He sees the disappointed hope.
- He sees the heaving tumult of humanity in crisis.
- He hears the cries of the frightened and the lonely.
- He feels the pain of the shamed and the isolated.
- He sees the snare of sin and shame.
Our God is unwaveringly intimate. He knows my fears and spoke directly into my spirit. This is how he wants to speak to you as well. He has forgotten our sin and shame and buried our transgressions in a sea of forgetfulness. He draws us nearer to heal and mend. We can run and hide in him, and he will speak truth to the most intimate places of our heart.
There are places in each of us that can be touched only by him. There are places within us that were created to respond to God’s spirit of intimacy; places of deep and desperate desire.
We long to belong… because we were created to belong.
We crave intimacy… because we were created for intimacy.
We need to love and be loved… because we were created for love.
We are all spiritual beings having a rather rough human experience. This earth is not our home, so it shouldn’t surprise us that at times our bodies feel awkward, limiting, and constructive. They will never feel otherwise until our mortal, corruptible frames put on their immortal bodies.
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God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4: 24)
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6: 22)
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20: 21-22)
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ. (Colossians 2: 2)
Adamant by Lisa Bevere