October 7, 2016

The pursuit and the press- Part 2

PRESS.
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My desire for God must drive me to the throne of God. I must press, like the woman with the issue of blood-- I must persevere. There has to be an inner desperation, a dire thirst in my soul that longs for God.
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.- Psalm 63:1
My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.- Psalm 84:2
 I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah- Psalm 143:6
What brought David to the point of his flesh - his flesh(!)- longing for the Lord?
Well the flesh [basar] used here is in context of the tangible body- rather than the carnal nature of man as we'd normally translate it in the new testament. So David was saying his soul and his physical body longs for God.

Have you ever been there? Where your natural body benefits from being in the presence of God?
I have.
When the presence of God washes over me, yes, my spirit feels peace yet physically my shoulders feel lighter. My physical eyes feel brighter when I rise up from the altar. My natural head feels unburdened.
Yet, even with the physical benefits of praying and communing with God, the flesh- the carnal nature- fights.

My response must be to fight back.
 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.-2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Decisions must be made. We cannot serve two masters. I must let go of what disables my communion with God and instead hold onto things that enable my communion with God.
The more we resist the Devil he will run away.

Our pursuit of God must drive us into the daily press, the daily death,and the everyday renewal of vows of commitment to the Lord. We must decide all over again to reject vanity and stretch longingly toward the eternal.

Choose this day and every day who you will serve.

Fight a good fight.
Finish the course.
Keep the faith.

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