The Passionate Pursuit
Psalm 84:2 (NKJV) My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
As I'm spending time with Jesus tonight, all I can think about is His incredible undeserving love for His Bride. I feel as though this is my first time in His presence. I come before Him a little nervous... heart pounding...I take this very seriously. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me and give me the words to describe my love for Him. I don't want to waste a minute repeating what I prayed last night or just spouting off what I think He wants to hear. I want each word to be heartfelt and to somehow describe...no matter how clumsily... just how much I appreciate every incredible detail of His love for me. The blood He shed to save me... His written Word to guide me... His Holy Spirit to comfort and lead me... the open doors and those He's closed.... the salvation of our children and their spouses... the list never ends.... there's just so much love that He shares...
I don't understand the love, presence or anointing of God. It's too wonderful for my limited comprehension. All I know is that I'm desperate for Him! I've been spending daily time in worship, with tears flowing as I cry out for more of His presence. It's not just that I need Him, which I absolutely do, but the secret to my intimate relationship with Jesus is...I WANT HIM! It's not my need that motivates my praise, but my desperate pursuit of His presence and a desire to know Him better. It's a passion that's burns deep within. I WANT HIM with every ounce of my being! He's done so much for me.
Yes, there have been so many tangible miracles that I've experienced, but the greatest one was that He chose me as His child and extravagantly displays His love in the intangible. It's His presence that causes me to shout, cry and dance. It removes all fear, worry and doubt and it's replaced with the incredible knowledge of the fact that He cares. Of course we know that through His Word, but it's more then head knowledge. It's a heartfelt peace of knowing He's got it all under control and all we need to do is keep flaming our passion and remain focused on Him! What an incredible God we serve!
Don't waste another moment dwelling on all of the problems and stresses of life. All of your answers, comfort and peace can be found in His presence! Forget about yourself for a moment and begin to appreciate the incredible love of God!
Yes, there's much more to our Christian walk and lots we need to do in helping people and sharing the Gospel, but it's in experiencing His love in His presence that we are equipped to do what He calls us to do! Passionately pursue Him!!
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (TPT) For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that He has given His life for all of us. This means all died with Him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for Him —the one who died for us and now lives again.
Psalm 91:1-3 (NKJV) Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.
Psalm 23 (MSG) God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your Word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.
Song of Solomon 2:14 (NKJV) “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.”