Thursday, June 21, 2012

Portion of Pursuit

A Daily Portion

These last few days I have been hearing the word "pursuit".  I have felt the need to write about the pursuit of God, and although it's not my intention to go deep into this topic, I do want to write about what I feel God is speaking to not only me, but to those who are also in a pursuit of God and His presence at this moment.

Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.  -2 Timothy 2:22 [AMP]

Pursuit involves passion. We can't be in pursuit without having focus, conviction and passion. Why? Because eventually, all the effort of being in pursuit  will become more of a burden when the obstacles the enemy sends our way to make us lose focus from our pursuit become greater than what we originally were in pursuit of. When we begin a pursuit of God, His presence, His gifts, characteristics and virtue, we need to understand that it will not be easy because this means we are willing to look for, find and apply something new to our lives. It is not easy because we have an enemy that is always trying to distract us and to stop our advancement in our walk with God. Just as any other area in our lives, when we are in pursuit of something, we do not stop until we find it. We should not stop, lose focus, get tired,  or allow something to deter us from our pursuit of God, His love, righteousness, faith and peace, because we know this is necessary for us.

As human beings, we were created since birth with a desire to pursue intimacy, love and caring and the protection and nurturing of our parents. It is that characteristic that should also propel us to pursue God and have an intimacy with Him. I understand how difficult it is to maintain an active and intense pursuit, when there are so many daily situations that arise and try to distract us, but today, I want to tell you  that He is in constant pursuit of you. He pursues us daily; in each moment of our lives, He is looking over us. I heard this saying: "The work of a parent is never done, no matter if the child is 18, 30 or 50 years old." This is true, a parent is a parent forever. Just the same, our Father is our Father forever and He pursues a relationship with us. Sometimes, we, ourselves are the ones that deter and don't allow that relationship because we don't pursue Him fervently.

When we realize that the pursuit has nothing to do with us, but with God, and we allow Him to be glorified in us, it is then that we are completely satisfied and then the pursuit becomes a lifestyle centered around Christ. Today, I encourage you and tell you to continue in your pursuit because it is necessary; don't give up, continue in your pursuit to be closer to God's heart. Let Him be glorified in you and understand that this process is not about you, but about Him. 

It is my prayer that this reflection be a part of your daily portion.

Love & Blessings,

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