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6. Longing to Surrender with All My Heart

The starting point for a wholehearted surrender is to be in love with something. We surrender for what deeply touches our soul and moves our interior.

“And Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second, similar to this, is: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Loyal and holy love frees us from spiritual weariness and boredom.
Boredom makes us vulnerable to destruction, but God shares with us the power to be in love with Him.

God has placed within us a yearning to love Him with all our heart. When we respond to Him with all our hearts, He loves us and gives Himself with all His heart for us.

It's a passionate relationship of pure and total surrender.

When we give ourselves to God with all our heart, He allows us to experience the height and fullness of what it means to be a HUMAN BEING.

Our emotional capacity to love is immense.

We were created for love, and God will enable us to receive His love, to love Him back, and to love others.

Let's look at some aspects of this yearning:

1. The Burning Emotions of God

When our ability to “crave something ardently” is denied, a terrible destructiveness is released within us.

Our emotions can take us to heights far beyond what we can imagine if we say yes to God's Grace, but it can also take us to the deepest darkness in our lives.

God, however, has zealous and burning emotions for us and created us to have the same emotions in response to Him.

2. A Holy Romance

The “Holy Romance” refers to what happens when a person's heart becomes radiant by receiving Jesus' holy love and feeling His holy love.

This is a love that causes human beings to sacrifice greatly in many areas of their lives, even to the point of facing each other to death.

3. Our Redemption

Salvation involves a glorious EXCHANGE in which Christ takes our sin and our guilt and we take His righteousness.

In addition to our legal cleansing before God, salvation includes intimacy with God in a relationship that involves receiving and giving deep affections between our hearts and His.

We are destined to have more passion for God than for anyone else who has done you great good.

CAUTION: The human heart does not function well when delivered halfway. He will be passive and therefore vulnerable to many destructive passions. In order to be emotionally whole, we need to live wholeheartedly.

4. The Power of Living for Love

When we live in order to find strength in the arm of God, we revolutionize our Christian life and start to live out of love.

Being in love gives us strength and tenacity when we are tempted to let go. Being someone who loves God only reduces exhaustion, but it also reduces temptation, because we find less satisfaction in sin.

Therefore, when we experience the powerful presence of God, we fight people much less and respond to difficult situations much better.

5. The Desire of the Heart of Jesus

Jesus' desire is our love with all our hearts.

“…may the love with which you have loved me be in them, and I may be in them” John 17:26

Therefore, delivering wholeheartedly means:

Our desire to give ourselves wholeheartedly to God is a gift to us. When God has our full attention, affection, and dedication to approaching Him, God sets the stage for a life of fullness.

Based on the book: 7 yearnings of the human heart - Mike Bickle


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