I have written a few times about God’s order in previous posts. Order is important to our God. In my personal walk I often come to this place of feeling a void. When this happens I have choices. I can allow myself to become victim to the emptiness I feel (which can manifest itself into ungodly isolation, depression, anxiety, etc.) or I can take the time to examine myself and focus on the Lord so He can let me know (by Holy Spirit) what the root of the issue is. Often times the void I feel comes because my focus has turned away from Him. When my focus turns away from Him I am no longer hungry for His Word or His presence. In essence, I am out of order meaning at some point I have turned away/against His divine order.
Why am I sharing all this with you? I am sharing this with you first to ensure you do not fall into the same snares I have in the past. That is what we are all called to do. When we get out of a tar pit we are to help others to not fall in. We are also to help others that have fallen in to get out. When I notice that I am no longer hungry for the things of God I turn around (many times this is because of the godly people in my life praying for me, loving me, and being obedient to the leading of Holy Spirit to help me out of the tar pit).
After I turn around, I repent for not keeping my focus and love on Him and I cry out to Abba Father. When I cry out I find myself crying to know the Lord more personally. After I cry out to know Him more personally, I find myself asking Him to make me more hungry than before for His word. Because our Lord never forsakes us and His desire is to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:31-32), He answers these prayers every time.
The other reason I am sharing all this with you is to set the scene of how the Lord has answered me in the past few years. First I want to remind us all of a few things:
Matthew 5:3-12 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 7:7-14 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Here are excerpts from my personal journals to show you what happened the first time I genuinely prayed to be more hungry for God’s Word. The plan, in this series of writings, is to share some of the revelations the Lord has given me so we can all grow deeper in our understanding of who the Lord is by gaining a deeper understanding of the tribes of Israel (look at the picture at the top again and allow Holy Spirit to jump start this understanding within you).
Journal Writing from November 09, 2012:
Later I saw a lion in the background area [of an ongoing vision] (it was distant but looking at me). I prayed, “Come closer, Jesus.” I was thinking of the verse that says if we draw near to Him, He will draw nearer to us [James 4:8]. I was also thinking that I didn’t want to seem like I was commanding the Lord in any way. I was basically asking to be closer to Him. I then saw a key plain as day (in my mind’s eye) being dropped down. I almost left this area to do my Bible study but I could feel the slight “nudge” of the Holy Spirit to stay for a few more moments. I did. I am glad I did. I saw the key open a lock and then I saw this huge heart. It looked like a big Valentine’s Day card. My chest felt like water was running through it. My body, from fingertips to toes, felt tingly. Even as I write this I feel such a cool warmth flowing through me….
Journal Writing from November 12, 2012:
What is happening? Simple. I asked the Lord to show me who He is. I want to know Him, love Him, and be more like Him by being full of Him. I want a deeper relationship with Him. Why? Because I love Him and He has given me so much more than I will ever deserve….Then I told the Lord how I wasn’t as hungry as I used to be and asked Him to make me hungry for His word. He did….I was instructed to do this [follow Holy Spirit’s leading as to which Bible verses to study] for seven days continuous. I said yes. Don’t know what’s after the seven days but excited to find out….
What happened after those seven days? You are seeing the fruit as you read these writings. God bless you all and stay tuned.
Alicia R. Shipe