~ Hebrews 12:1 & 2 ~
Pursing God? Or pursuing the benefits of God?
I was guilty of the second; pursuing the benefits of God.
I focused on being holy.
I focused on the blessings.
I focused on the fruit of the Spirit.
I focused on the provision of God.
I focused on the healing of God.
I focused on the miracles of God.
I focused on the Kingdom of God.
I focused on resisting the devil.
You name it, and I claimed it.
Yet, I realized even in this small focus blunder, it is ALL idolatry. What?!?! Yes, I said it, and I am guilty of it, 'Idolatry'. This may seem a bit harsh, but it's truth and I confess it. Why? Because my focus is not completely and wholly on Him and Him alone!
As my heart has been exposed
I long to pursue God for He is Holy.
I long to pursue God as He is the Blesser, revealing the blessings.
I long to pursue God who is revealed by the Spirit of God resulting in His amazing attributes.
I long to pursue God who is Healer.
I long to pursue the God who performs and creates miracles.
I long to pursue God who is glorious.
I long to pursue God and seek His face as He is righteousness.
I long to pursue God for He is King, and as King He reveals His Kingdom.
I must pursue Him and Him only. I must submit to Him and in that submission there is resistance to the devil who flees as he sees who I am submitting to.
So many times I and so many others have taken James 4:7 out of context. One day, I was in my kitchen preaching to myself, when the Spirit of God spoke through me. "When I submit to God there is an automatic resistance of the devil. It isn't a three step process of submit to God, resist the devil then he will flee from you. Do you know how Mighty I Am?" Almighty God revealed to me that day that when I submit to Him as revealed in Psalm 91; I take refuge under the Amazing power of God. When the enemy attempts to come against me, I have already resisted him by submitting to God and because of that submission the devil FLEES! It's not about my resistance that the devil flees, it is about my submission to God that results in the devil fleeing! It is a basic principle of submitting to one person, you resist the other.
You may be asking, "Teresa, where are you going with this?" Well, I'm being driven to my heart. I'm being driven to yearn after the heart of God, not only His benefits. Does that make sense? I'm so tired of doing things because so many others within the church do it that way. If we are going to lead, we better know our Leader who knows where we are going! If we want to know who we are in Christ, we need to know Who Christ is! It isn't about who we think He is...it's about knowing who HE really is!
I received a profound analogy this morning as I was getting ready.
Here is the scenario:
A woman was reading my book and as she was finished reading, she flipped to the last page to find my contact information which was made available for direct communication with me, the author. Upon finding my contact information, she had a few questions about what I wrote, but instead of coming to me by calling or emailing me, she goes to another reader and asks for the interpretation of what I wrote. Well, the other reader has no idea what my intentions are to the fullest; so to interpret what I wrote would only be based on their opinion and perspective, not based upon the authors full knowing of what was intentionally written. Upon receiving this very live visual, I was led to the reminder of who the Author is of my life. He is not only the Author but He is also The Finisher of my faith. He wrote the book of my life, and for me to go to anyone else in regards to my story that I am to live out would be incredibly foolish. Today, I was reminded that He has given me the contact information to have direct communication with Him through our mediator Jesus Christ as revealed by the Holy Spirit of God. How do I know I have direct communication? Because of the reminder given to Jeremiah as recorded in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you never knew."
Are we going through the motions as on a treadmill?
Or are we going through great, purposeful action seeking the beautiful, indescribable, majestic face of Almighty God?
I praise God as more scales are falling off the eyes of my heart seeking Who He is as He reveals Himself so beautifully and so powerfully! I pray you are encouraged to seek Him for Who He is, not only for what He can do.