Posts Tagged ‘pursuits’

Do not forget Him but think of Him often. Adore Him continually. Live and die with Him. This is the glorious work of a Christian; in a word, this is our profession.- Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God gives ancient wisdom on walking with God.  Get into Christianity or Christendom for any length of time and some names like Bunyan, Moody, Lewis, Chambers and Finney echo with wise words on everything from salvation to heaven itself.  Yet, when you come to the point where you can read Brother Lawrence’s carefully crafted letters in The Practice of the Presence of God, you feel as if Saint Francis of Assisi had a love-child with the Apostle Paul, giving birth to the stirring soul of Brother Lawrence.

As Christians, Brother Lawrence shares that we have a “glorious work.” Included in this glorious work are three major practices:

  1. Thinking of God often
  2. Adoring God without ceasing
  3. Living and dying with God

Brother Lawrence calls it our “glorious work,” saying: “…in a word, this is our profession.” He affirms it as our priority by stating: “If we do not know it, we must learn it. ” In other words, if it is not your daily practice and pursuit, make it your business to learn how to make it so.

In our daily pursuits, we must learn the “glorious work of a Christian.” You can download and print a copy of Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God for fee.  Yet, meditate on what Brother Lawrence says here.  Spend some time thinking deeply about the “glorious work” that God has called you to do as a Christian.  How would you rate yourself on your thinking of God and your adoration of God? What about how you live for God? See where you stand now.  Compare where you stand to where God has called you.  See what gaps exist, and then fill your gaps one by one.  Pray to God that He strengthen and supply you as you go forward.  He can provide you with what you lack.  See it and go for it, and then practice it daily as long as you live.

We cannot have too much trust in so good and faithful a Friend who will never fail us in this world nor in the next. – Brother Lawrence

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O LORD, you have searched me and you know me Psalm 139:1 (NIV)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.- Psalm 139:23 (NIV)

Our daily quest should be to seek God out.  I know it sounds corny but think on it.  Daily, moment by moment, our thoughts are racing. We have to slow down in order to get some more things done that we didn’t expect to be thrown at us at such a time.  It gets to us.  The pressure keeps mounting.  We’re almost ready to boil over or even explode.  However, in our daily pursuits, we truly need to pursue God.  Each of us should make it our daily quest to run in pursuit of Him and all that He has for us.  Release your worries and anxieties to truly pursue God daily.

Jesus encouraged us as believers to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first and above all else, expecting our needs to be met by Him daily.  If you don’t have feel like carrying a Bible to get in His Word, try Olive Tree or Mobile Bible, even You Version Mobile.  Download podcasts of sermons or listen to the audio Bible through Faith Comes by Hearing.  Try getting into a daily devotional like Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest or C. H. Spurgeon’s Faith Checkbook for starters.

As the Psalmist wrote, God knows us well.  He knows all and sees all.  He knows us so well that He awaits us coming to Him as dear children returning to a loving father.  Now, while we still have today, let us go on our quest to reach the Father.

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When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.- Nehemiah 1:4 (NIV)

Our problems can reveal our passion.  The very things that remain unsettled within our surroundings or among those whom we care about can become burdens upon our hearts.  They fuel us with passion.  They fill us with comapssion. These problems can lead us into prayer.  While we are in prayer, our passion can come out.  Our passion can send us into prayer, and then point us to purposeful pursuits.

Your cause may become your calling.  Nehemiah was in a position that allowed him access to available resources, but he was in a posture that made the king aware of his passion (Nehemiah 1:4, 11).  If it’s your calling, the Creator will commission you for the work.  Go to God in prayer, revealing those things that burden your heart.  Accept God’s answers to your prayers.  You may never undrstand who God sends your way or why, but God provides what you need in due season and with divine reason.  Once you accept it, act upon God’s leading through His Holy Spirit.

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Worry Free

Make this daythe day where you just start to become worry-free.

Sounds easy? Yeah, right?

Pick the worst thing going on with you.  Whatever it is, work out a simple solution.  Identify an action to be taken.  Even doing nothing about it can be seen as a form of action.  Decide what you will do and do it, then get on with living.  Life is cluttered with the things thatwe pile on top of whatwe need to do.  Worry isn’t on the list.  In fact, Jesus said it shouldn’t be on our to-do list as Christians.  He told us that it adds nothing to our day, except worry.  We should focus on the pursuit of the kingdom of God.  Relieve yourself of the worry and purue the kingdom.

Matthew 6:33

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