Do you know what you need?

There are so many needs in the world. Everywhere you turn, someone is in need of something or someone is lacking something. We all have needs. Some are bigger than others. Some are materialistic. Some are emotional. Some are spiritual or physical. I don’t think we will ever meet anyone who doesn’t have a certain need. Some people might think that they don’t need anything but they do. I believe until we are with the Lord we will always need to grow and to get closer to Him. He is the only One I have met who has no needs. The Lord and Him alone has no needs. He has everything and He is here to meet our needs. He is here to provide, to assist and to help. Do you know what you need? You can probably come up with a long list of needs. What about the needs you have that are not as obvious? Do you ever try to find out what they are? Jesus doesn’t have to think hard to write a report of all we need. He knows the needs and He knows how to meet them. Why do we look for answers and for provisions outside of Him so much? He is the One who can save, bless and set us free from those needs. He is standing in front of us smiling and telling us that everything is going to be just fine. He is also saying “Come to Me you who are heavy laden.” A need can be a burden. We can unload all those burdens on the Lord. Today I want to encourage you to go to Jesus with your needs. Go to Him with your list and go to Him with the unknown list of needs. He will fix your life and give you all you need and more.

Before I knew the Lord, I had no idea what I needed. I believed I knew it but I was so wrong. With Jesus I found out that my spiritual life needed a major upgrade and that it was what I needed to focus on more than anything else. He taught me that His Spirit was my best friend. He became my favorite companion in a short period of time. It all happened when I was in grad school and I spent a lot of time alone. I had very little human distraction that got in the way of developing my relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was my number one need. I needed Him a lot more than I knew. I didn’t need a massive paycheck. I needed His payback. What payback might you ask? He paid me back for all the years the enemy had taken from me. All the time when I had no clue who Jesus was. All the years when I had lived in bondage, in the dark away from the light of the Lorld. I found peace when I found the Holy Spirit. I found joy when I found the Holy Spirit. I found love when I found the Holy Spirit. I found Jesus when I found the Holy Spirit. His Spirit is always talking about Him and always exalting Him. That is what He makes you do. He gently directs you to praise and worship Jesus. That is something I had needed my whole life and I didn’t have it. There was a major void in my life because I had not learned how to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. I thought I needed a fortune but I needed a fortress and its name was the Holy Spirit.

When I asked the Lord to show me what I needed the most, I had not been prepared for His answer. His answer in many words was that I needed to die to self. I needed to let go of the past, let go of oldl thought patterns, let go of preconceived notions, let go of doctrines and ideas that had been presented as if they were coming from Him. I had to give up on “being right” all the time and learn that I was wrong many times. I had to take off the garment of lamentations and whining and put on the garment of praise. I had to be taught what love was and to accept God’s love. I had to undress myself and burn the old clothes of the past that carried so much shame, weight, judgment and destruction. The Holy Spirit dressed me. He gave me the helmet of salvation and the uniform of faith. Faith had to cover my entire spiritual body. I had to be completely covered so that doubt couldn’t get in and put layers of worry over me. If you are wondering what you truly need, ask God. Ask the Lord to show you and to help you understand and embrace what He tells you. There are needs that might be bigger than you know and until you are made aware of them you will have a void. The good news is that God can fill those voids and give you exceedingly more. Ask and you shall receive. Receive the revelation of your needs and then get on the journey to have those needs met in Jesus’ name!

Suggested reading: Matthew 6:8;  Matthew 6:33; 1 Peter 5:7

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