PURSUING GOD

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PURSUING GOD

Post  Waqar Daniel on Wed 27 Jun 2007, 6:30 pm

The whole mission or purpose of our lifes on earth is well described and summarized by Jacob in the Book of Genesis 47:9-10 "The years of my PILGRIMAGE are a hundred and thirty..." Now according to dictionary the word "pilgrimage" means, "a journey, esp. a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion". Jacob tells us that we are living a life which is devoted in serving, worshipping and praising God. Now during a pilgrimage people share faith and try to guide each other to the right path. This is what Paul mentioned in 1 Tiomthy 4:16 "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."

So if we consider our lives on earth as pilgrimage then we must follow: "So we make our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it." 2 Corinthians 5:9

While pursuing God with our whole heart and soul, we become light of the world and when people see the light shining through us and the good deeds we do with Jesus in our hearts, people praise Father in Heaven. It is not only we pursue God, but we compel others through our lives to pursue God also. How wonderful it is to pursue God with all our heart and soul.

So then - how can we pursue God with our heart and soul?

We can deepen our relationship with God through discovering His character and His will for our lives. This is achieved in several ways. Each way, while familiar, represents an important discipline in pursuing the Lord.

Meditation is an excellent way to build our relationship with God. It involves reading a Bible passage several times with the purpose of hearing from the Lord. Then, as we maintain intense concentration, the Holy Spirit communicates through the verses.

Studying the Scriptures allows us to draw from many passages to gain a broader, deeper understanding of God?s character, plans, and promises. We benefit by asking ourselves questions such as, What does this passage reveal about His nature? Or, Is there a divine promise to remember? A command to obey? An example to follow?

Prayer is another important key spiritual discipline. It must be the foundation for meditation and study. Encountering God requires both a listening ear and receptive heart.

Recognizing how God operates in our lives and circumstances helps us desire to pursue Him. We must have a deep, unshakeable hunger to seek God.

If anyone wants to know if he/she is truly seeking God, ask yourself these three questions:

First, are you learning more about Him and His desires for your life?
Second, do you feel like the day isn?t complete without fellowship with Him?
Third, do you find yourself trusting Him more and leaving behind ungodly habits?

If you can answer ?yes? to those three questions, then you understand the importance of seeking after the Lord.

In our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Waqar Daniel

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)


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