Constantly In Passionate Pursuit of God
No gift or amount of money can heal a broken heart and a broken life except the all-satisfying love of God.
This is why in the parable of the prodigal son God exposes the kingdom of Satan as THE PIGPEN. The Lord revealed it in this manner. There is a prodigal child in all of us that needs to come home, because of a child's only security, satisfaction, and fulfillment lay in the arms, the love and true acceptance of a loving Father who already proved and demonstrated His devotion and love through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. No matter how hard you try, you cannot find fulfillment, acceptance or satisfaction amongst the pigs in their pigpen and pig food will never satisfy your spiritual hunger because only God can He created you, remember? God said to me that a heart that is void of His love becomes a bottomless abyss.
Realize this then child of God, you who have been invited to dine at the Kings table in His royal palace, that the world and all of its deceptive desires are portrayed before a holy God as A PIGPEN. These deceptive temporal desires cause eternal misery and spiritual death because they draw us away from our only LIFE-SOURCE and from the God who loves us so much that He gave himself to pay our eternal ransom. The pigs are all the wrong friends and the demons influencing you to indulge in pig-food, the pigpen is the world of the flesh and all it has to offer and the pig-food is carnality and sin. Think about this for a moment please: If you were born into a pigpen (through the fall of Adam) and Satan through his deception raised you as a pig, then how will you ever know that you do not belong in a pigpen and that you are not a pig, unless someone opens your eyes to the truth?
You see beloved, that prodigal child within us has grown so accustomed to the pig-pen and pig-food that it needs to be convinced and re-educated through the love of the Father that what God has to offer is SO MUCH BETTER than the devil's pigpen. Please believe me as a witness of the all-satisfying love of God that the closer you move toward Him and the more united you become with Him, the less you want to be distracted by earthly matters because how can anyone settle for anything less once they have discovered the best and God is simply the most satisfying, mind-blowing experience to be enjoyed? If a man can just realize that God created us for Himself and His children are His heartbeat. It is so true what the Holy Spirit said to me, when the heart of man is healed and ruled by the love of God then this world holds a very little attraction to us.
HIS WAYS ARE BEST, even when our flesh wants to convince us otherwise and what God has to offer within, Himself as a Person FAR EXCEEDS that which a corrupted fallen angel and his buddies can dish up. Personally, I have never been as overwhelmed, fulfilled, healed, content, joyful and satisfied as I am right now AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME because there are ever deepening dimensions of glory to indulge in and to discover in God. He is indeed an eternal adventure of the highest ecstasy. He is my eternal glorious delicious as the Holy Spirit has taught me. No wonder we find this awesome invitation in scripture which declares, TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD, Psalm 34:8.
Those who live for themselves by pursuing their own agendas are NOT the Lords disciples as Jesus Himself said in Luke 6:46 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Jesus affirmed His true family in Matt 12:46 While He yet talked to the people, behold, His mother and His brothers stood without, desiring to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, Behold, your mother, and your brothers stand without, desiring to speak with You. But He answered and said to him that told him, Who is My mother and who are My brothers? And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples, and said, Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother.
Nobody can have your relationship with God for you and you need to seek Him sincerely as the Lord declares in Jer 29:11-14 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall you call on Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, said the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, said the LORD.
Prov 18:24 A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (The one that sticks closer than a brother is God)
To you, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in you: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me.Yes, let none that wait on you be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: for You are the God of my salvation; on you do I wait all the day.Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and your loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to Your mercy remember you me for your goodness' sake, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will He teach sinners in the way. The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth to such as keep His covenant and his testimonies. For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great. What man is he that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the LORD; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn you to me, and have mercy on me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring You me out of my distresses.Look on my affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider my enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on You. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Remember therefore that awesome verse in Ezek 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the middle of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, said the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
He wants to reveal Himself not just in you but also through you to the nations. I want to share something beautiful which the Lord Jesus revealed to me about His kingdom. In Luke 17:20-21 we read, And when he was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Then God said to me, So if My kingdom is within you then that means that you become a window in heaven through whom God wants to shine His glory.
His desire is to release His river of life through your heart for the nations to come and be restored, refreshed and have a drink. So the question then remains beloved: WHAT DOES THE WORLD SEE IN YOU? He wants to release the river of His Spirit from a heart that has been brought into agreement with His ways so that the nations that are dying of thirst for the truth and reality of God may come and drink and so that they might live and in turn be brought into a personal loving relationship with a personal God.
To become a clear revelation of Christ and a pure reflection of God and a rare expression of His truth on this earth we need to go through some serious transformation and cleansing and the veil of our sinful flesh must be ripped from top to bottom through a spiritual circumcision because the God of our salvation's purpose is to reveal Himself through us as His living temple.
Gal 1:15-16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace, To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen;
We are not FBI or CIA undercover agents for God: I AM BORN-AGAIN AND SAVED BY THE GRACE OF AN AMAZING WONDERFUL GOD BUT I AM HIDING HIM BEHIND THE SHAME OF MY SINFUL FLESH? We call ourselves Christians, meaning we identify ourselves with Christ but we live in the world? We say that we believe in God but then deny Him through our carnal, sinful lifestyles? We claim to love God but through our actions, we prove that our devotion is toward other things?
Let me say this to you child of God that NO religion has the power to sanctify a person or produce godliness in a person, only the Lord himself has the power through an intimate personal deep sincere, sold-out-to-God relationship. It is Gods way revealed in Jesus Christ or no way at all. All other paths lead to destruction!
I declare like the Apostle Paul in Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. The Lord wants to reveal Himself to you by His Spirit through His word, then He wants to manifest Himself in you as you receive Him through your obedience and then He wants to manifest Himself through you by the leading and the power of His Spirit for His purposes.
1. To you.
2. in you.
3. and through you.
In your personal pursuit of the Lover of your soul, you will find that He is faithful to transform you and empower you to become a faithful witness of His glory in the earth, a son in subjection to his Father being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit manifesting the fruits of righteousness. The nations must be drawn to God when they behold His glory in your life. The fragrance of Christ must saturate your life.
The world needs to see the reality of God revealed through His people and this can only happen as we become radical followers of Christ by submitting ourselves to Him in every area of our lives. We need to move by the demonstration of His Spirit according to Isaiah 61. The incorruptible seed within you must be brought to maturity so that you can become part of Gods solution to a sin-sick world.
The harvest is great and the laborers are few. Today I see this same reality wherever I move by the leading of the Spirit as Paul declared in Phil 2:20-22 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
I can assure you, beloved, that those who are truly sold-out to God are few indeed. I am not talking about those who are only Christians by name and not by demonstration; I am referring to the Lords true disciples.
Let me share an analogy that the Holy Spirit and I have made in our walk together as co-labourers in the field: Religious people go to a man-made cathedral but disciples become the Tabernacle of the manifest Presence of God and go to the streets. Religious people only listens to sermons being preached from pulpits but disciples become living epistles that the world can read. The harlot church counts the money while the bride of Christ counts the cost. Religious people go to a church to worship but disciples are the instruments being played in the hand of the Lord to the glory of the Father. Religious people populate men's churches but disciples populate heaven through soul winning. Religious people follow after men behind pulpits and disciples follow the Holy Spirit. Religious people want an audience with men but disciples have an audience with God. Religious people live to please men and disciples only live to please God.
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