The Passion of Pursuit

When I go after anything in life that compels or draws me to that which I love so very much that I can’t seemingly experience truly fulfillment without, then I have a tendency to get very overzealous and can sometimes go overboard and be relentless in my chasing after it. I can drive myself to exhaustion and depletion in the process. To some that can come across as being too intense in my expression and such intensity can make them feel uneasy at times. Is that a virtue or a vice? Well it depends on how you may choose to look at it.

I guess I am wired to passionately pursue on purpose with what moves me. If it doesn’t move me it is because it has not “caught” my attention. It must catch my attention in order to capture my heart. If my heart is not in it then you won’t find me there most likely, at least not for long. So why do I seem to be wired as such? I sense it because I cannot sit still with what moves me to chase after what stirs inside of me, to merge with the essence and nitty-gritty of who I am. I have to merge and become one with what is likened to the nature of what is most alive within me.

It becomes almost like an obsession with me at times. However what ends up stopping me in life in most cases? It is in being patient with the process in which all of this involves. I may want what I want and want it now and when doors do not seem to open fast enough, I can become given to formulate and begin to “work” self generated agendas to “make it happen” rather than patiently pursuing the process. May I propose an example from the Word of God?

In 2 Kings 9 we find the account of the anointing of Jehu as king over Israel. You might want to go and read that. Here was a man on a mission where nothing would stop him. “And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.”(2 Kings 9:20) We see pictured the idea of driving, transferred from driving horses harnessed to a chariot, to driving a motor vehicle. How is your driving in life? Are you driven? By what? Jehu was a famously fierce soldier whose chariot-driving followed his temperament. What constitutes one’s temperament?

What drives you in life? Are you passionate or merely passive? Where does passion begin and where does it end and how does this participate with the process of discovering true and lasting fulfillment?

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
(Hebrews 10:22 ESV)

What catches your attention in life? What thus captures your heart and consumes your energy? Or do you just seem to want to be passive and take life as it comes at or to you, you know; easy come and easy go? Easy with little go, tends to equate to little or no flow. Life is meant to be in reciprocal motion, is it not? Give and take; a harmonic balance. Then you must “go” for and “with’ that which you seek to know or experience and make your own in life.

You have truth within, that which God has spoken into existence. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3) Be set apart through truth for his Word is truth. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Draw near to what catches, captures and compels you to move toward making it part of who you are. Align all within the context of God’s Word; written and spoken into you. Fully assure yourself in believing God, taking him at his word concerning what He says of you and of who you are. Strengthen and encourage yourself in the Lord. Ask him the questions that you need to ask; ones in which their answer will require you to take action; to take a step. Don’t wait for God or someone to do it “for you”, because God is waiting for “you” to respond to Him posed in what surrounds you and makes up what is your’s to occupy. At the Cross, Jesus sacrificed his all, his life to provide everything for you now at every level. Have you received his ultimate gift? Occupy that which He has deposited within you and thus is being reflected around you.

Draw near, with a true heart, in full assurance of faith. What are you waiting for? Passionately pursue on purpose, that which is ready to propel you to “participate” in life. I invite you now to put it fully into practice.

“An overwhelming Love”

Having come to a place in my life where I’m full but I’ve not satisfied
this longing to have more of the presence of Jesus fill the depth of my soul.
And I can feel it with a fullness that my heart is convinced it must be all of Him and nothing less as He is my righteousness. Aside from this relentless pursuit of being fully in His love, the heart cannot rest. Only by walking in the Spirit and giving no place to the flesh can one ever pass the test that comes with living life. Abide in him as His Word abides in you is what I would say unto you.

I’m thirsty as my soul can’t be quenched and He already knows that after Him I must relentlessly pursue and go wherever He wants me to to go and do whatever He asks me of me. To only be about the Father’s business and everything else I must let go.

I have to ask him continually to dismantle the containment that I have tried to place Him in. It is only His love that teaches who He is once again, taking me back to the place where my heart was only about Him and all I wanted was just to be with Him fully present. Positioning me where the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His goodness and grace as I relentlessly run this race with only finishing well being worn as bands upon my mind.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like or what I feel or see, for the only thing I can cling to is His promises to me. I am His, and so what else matters? When the waves of the sea crash over me, it matters not whether I seem to sink or swim because in a beautiful way I need to be reminded that I’m in over my head lest I forget that it is always about Him and not to be about me. This I am made to more and more see, that in Him I am always so forever free. Is there any other way to truly desire to be?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(Luke 4:18,19 ESV)

In this world, as a voice in the wilderness, crying; preparing the way of the Lord;
making straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” This is the mission of the messenger who comes to solely serve the Master. To fulfill living to live abundantly, to love endlessly. To be as Jesus is, to embody the Father’s heart. What else can it it be as the temporal continually fades and passes, only the Word of God abides forever. He or she therein continually abides living for the eternal which never perishes and knows no end.

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
(Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV)

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me? I was lost but He brought me in.
Oh His love for me is everything. I’m a child of God, yes I am.
In my Father’s house there’s a place for me, I’m a child of God, yes I am.

I sing unto the Lord a new song; “I am chosen, not forsaken, I am who You say I am.
You are for me, not against me, I am who You say I am” This is my story and song which unto my Saviour, I praise all the day long.

To what or whom does your story speak and in your heart what is your song?

Will you choose to live to live to love, all the day long?

“Divine Provision properly Proportioned”

Is there a hunger in your spirit for the things of God?

I recall when the Word of the Lord came to Elijah. “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

“So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. There come seasons where we must wait upon God, seek His face and He will speak and then we submit to his process as He gently leads us on to our next step.

Then comes specific times of pouring out. “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
(Acts 2:17)

Then there is the account of Elijah and the widow’s oil.
“Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” (2 Kings 4:1,2)

Are you perhaps holding inside you a portion that God gave you to in order to be poured back out?

Elijah asks the widow; “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”
Receiving and Releasing

There are seasons of being filled up of God. What about that little jar of oil? What is in your hand? There comes time to start pouring that out. There is a river. Rivers flow. Waters that do not move become stagnant such as The Dead Sea. Life is meant to be in reciprocal motion.

Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Did not Jesus say that it is better to give than to receive?

Spare not; and give away in abundance when it is your hand to do so. Why do we sometimes feel inclined to hang onto and hoard? Is it not because we feel our supply may run out? So giving place to fear or remaining in the right of the need to know the outcome can become our choice. Let the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. God’s business is in his capable hands. Why is there a tendency want to work the hand of God? Out of His love He so freely gives us all things that we truly have need of. Be as the sparrow.

Perhaps we move beyond being able to trust God? When all things are freely given at His hand, why may we be inclined to hold onto what is not ours to retain? When we let of what is physically tangible then we make room for more new to come in. Are you perhaps poised in stagnant waters?

Then Elijah proceeded to say to the widow; “go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.”

Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” ( 2 Kings 4: 4-7)

Abundant provision is commensurate with liberal pouring back out into perhaps awaiting provision that God has placed within you to be given away. The gift that keeps on giving, they say. That gift you are.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

The oil of God’s Holy Spirit is in abundant supply and shall never run dry. Freely have we received, so freely may we give.

Reproof, Mercy and Direction

​Do we ever come to end of ourselves? That sounds like a loaded question, right? It is certainly a two-sided one.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ (that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior), he is a new creature (reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit); the old things (the previous moral and spiritual condition) have passed away. Behold, new things have come (because spiritual awakening brings a new life)”.
(2 Corinthians 5:17 Amplified)

When you say “yes” to Jesus you take on a new identity just as when a woman is married to a man she releases her maiden name and takes on the name of her husband. As the years together are experienced as one with her husband, she forgets her old identity she carried as a single woman as she chose from the moment she said “I do”, a new life for her began. The former days in the old identity are overshadowed by the latter and the former fades into a distant memory. I share this analogy​ as I observe​ a couple I know in ministry that has​ nearly 30 years together and to me are a very example of the relationship between Jesus and His bride; the relationship you and I are designed by God to choose to live, move and have our being in.

We see the other side of the coin in this example and that being that in order to take on a new identity to walk out the story God wrote for each of us we do indeed have to come to the end of ourselves in order to say “I do” or “yes” to God when we choose Jesus, we are to let go of entirely the reliance and dependence on who we think we are and can be focused​ on​ our self. Jesus says “without me, ​ you can do nothing”.

Have you or do ever felt or feel that you are called to something greater? Greater than as you see yourself right now? Does there seem to be something standing in the way and blocking you from moving into that? Perhaps you carry a dream and vision inside of you that is bigger than you?

That is true for most of us. At some point in our lives we ponder such, don’t we?

God wrote such a story for your life. You need Him and you need the ​partnership of other people in your life to bring together all the ingredients thereof or all the pieces to a grand puzzle that if you try to figure it all out on your own you will never enter the grand theater orchestrated by the Author and Finisher of your faith in the greatest show on Earth which your life is destined to have an influential​ role in.

“I appeal to you, ​therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. (Romans 12:1,2 ESV)

We are “tested” by the Word of God. Are you willing to allow Him to transform you?​ Then choose to no longer conform to a way of living that is contrary to His Word that actually takes you away from your divine destiny. Are you open to course correction?

I appeal to you right now; “will you believe God”? Or are you going to trust in your ability to figure and work it all out for yourself? Do you continue to play Russian Roulette with your life or​ will you bank your trust upon a sure, tried and true foundation by taking God at His Word?

I know where I stand and that I have a Divine Master Architect​ at the helm of my ship with all the blueprints​ in hand and his name is Jesus. Do you hold in your heart; broken promises, dreams and vision that you feel have let you down in life? Failure is not final. It points you toward faith, hope, ​and trust; that you can trade in the “shattered” for a new “sure and sheltered”. I choose Eternity​; what do you choose?

“If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you”. (Proverbs 1:23 ESV

May you choose wisely. God bless you!