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PURSUING HIM: THE ONLY WAY TO STAYING ALIVE

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In the Christian Faith, there is a reasoning that pervades our walk with God. It’s this mindset that once we have found God, it is okay to settle. We relax as though we do not need to do anything else. Yes, it is true God has called us to live a life of rest, to labour and enter into His rest for us where we find everything we need to walk in His eternal life as seen in Hebrews 4:11.

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”‭‭ Hebrews‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬
However, the text says to labour, to strive, to keep our focus on the purpose of our existence regardless of what is happening around us. It implies that it is so much easier to let go and be carried away with the practices and culture of the world than it is to strive to enter the rest promised us.

Thank God for His Holy Spirit that strengthens us with might in our inner man to do the impossible.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬ calls us to set our hearts on things above if truly we have received eternal life. Salvation is just the beginning, we should continue with that same faith to work out the life of God in us with the help of the Holy Spirit.‬‬‬‬

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”   Philippians‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬

Therefore the fullness of this glorious eternal life for us is to stay in a place of desperation for God even when we have been saved. To have such deep hunger for Him that we pursue Him recklessly, above ambitions and worldly desires. To strive to keep our eyes and heart on Christ everyday despite the calling of the world to our flesh. Regardless of how much we think we know Him, to follow the example of Paul and press on to the upward call in Christ. Let us press on and press in. There is more life in Christ. His depths are inexhaustible. Let us dive deeper that we may come into the riches of this eternal life.

“Seek me and live” Amos 5:4b is a call for us to keep seeking God. The moment we stop seeking, the moment we stop pursuing, the moment we act as though we have already attained, we start to die slowly but surely. The most certain way to stay alive and live this life given us at the new birth is to stay desperate for the only one who truly satisfies us.

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FROM OBEDIENCE TO SURRENDER

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Once upon a time, we were dead in sin, dead to Christ and could not grasp the things of the Spirit. Then, we came into the knowledge of Christ and received the nature of God. It became a walk to maturity for us to understand, recognize and follow His voice.

And the sheep recognize the voice of the true Shepherd, for he calls his own by name and leads them out, for they belong to him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭10:3‬ ‭TPT‬‬

This brings us to the purpose of obedience in our journey to becoming more like Christ everyday.

Why do we obey? Many times we obey because we believe there is a reward waiting for us. This is absolutely true- there is a reward for obedience- but only if we begin to view God’s nudges and stirrings in our hearts as our chance to come into a life that is pliable to God’s will.

Obeying even the simplest nudge from God is a pathway that leads us to perceiving Him readily so that it is easier to obey Him the next time. Soon, God becomes the beginning and endpoint of our lives and all we seek to do is to obey Him. Obeying God gives us the opportunity to worship Him with our lives and not solely for the reward. Our eyes begin to open to new possibilities as we become aware that this ability to hear God and follow His leading is a miracle in itself. We find out that our constant and consistent obedience to Him opens up our hearts to become more supple, easily moved, easily stretched and malleable, making it easier to obey the next instruction. Obedience leads us to a place of absolute surrender where God has wanted us all along.

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭TPT‬‬

The more we obey God, the more we come into an understanding that whatever God commands us to do will ultimately lead us into His best for us and that to be outside of Him is a dangerous place. We develop intimacy with the Father as we fellowship with, and pursue the Father’s heart.

Decide today to obey every nudge from God, no matter how small or insane it may seem and soon you will come into a place of constant communion with the Father.

Written by Omolara Kolawole

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