TFP 070 – God Pursuing Us

Join Matt and Mark on the Front Porch as they discuss an important aspect of devotion. We have all heard a message on pursuing God, but you need to know that God is pursuing us.

“You called, you cried, you shattered my deafness. You sparkled, you blazed, you drove away my blindness. You shed your fragrance, and I drew in my breath, and I pant for you. I tasted and now I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and now I burn with longing for your peace.” Saint Augustine

“When the soul is full, you turn down even the sweetest honey. But when your soul is starving, every bitter thing becomes sweet.” Proverbs 27:7 TPT

“BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 NKJV

JESUS MAKES THIS DECLARATION FROM A PLACE HE KNOWS BETTER THAN ANYONE:

“BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 NKJV

“How long can the moth flirt near the mouth of the flame before their lips touch and the moth’s soul becomes like a sun…. How long do you think you can just flirt with Him before you dissolve in ecstasy?” Meister Eckhart

“To hunger and thirst after righteousness is when nothing in the world can fascinate us so much as being near to God.” – Smith Wigglesworth

The Feeling is Mutual: Jesus knows this place of extreme bliss as a result of his desire for the Bride and this desire should awaken desire for Him in you. We only pursue God to the degree that its real to us that He is pursuing us.

When you hear things like, “Seek my Face continually…” (Ps. 105:4), “Men should always pray and never stop…” (Lk 18:1), “Pray in the Spirit always…” (Eph. 6:18), and “Pray without ceasing…” (1 Thess. 5:17), do you hear a call to discipline or do you hear the voice of someone longing for unbroken communion with you? In these verses I hear the heart of someone saying, “I could talk to you all day long. I don’t want the communion to stop. You’ll hang up first.” You might want to reread these verses with the understanding that “The Spirit that lives in us wants us to be his own” (James 4:5 God’s Word Translation). I know that we talk much about our longing and hunger for the Lord but have you considered the Spirit’s longing for us? Our communion with the Spirit is the result of mutual longing.

William Seymour was desperate for the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He had such a hunger for more that he gave himself earnestly to the secret place five hours a day for two years. He wasn’t satisfied. Seymour asked God, “What else can I do?” The Spirit spoke to him and said, “Pray More.” Seymour then changed his five hours a day to now seven hours a day. He continued in secret prayer seven hours a day for another year and a half. The result was a glorification of the Spirit, not just in Seymour, but one that would have a historic impact called the Azusa Street Revival.

John G. Lake said of Seymour’s hunger, “God had put such a hunger into that man’s heart that when the fire of God came it glorified him. I do not believe any other man in modern times had a more wonderful deluge of God in his life than God gave to that dear fellow, and the glory and power of a real Pentecost

swept the world. He [Seymour] preached to my congregation of ten thousand people when the glory and power of God was upon his spirit, and men shook and trembled and cried to God. God was in him.” “Seymour, I want you to pray more.” The Spirit is longing for an unbroken communion with this man! What an honor and permission!

Paul’s release of hunger.

12Not that I have already attained…I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me [fullness of Paul’s destiny]…14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call [fullness of Paul’s destiny] of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:12-14)

As we hunger and thirst, we will embrace whatever it takes to experience more of God. As Bill Johnson prayed, “More of You at any cost.” We are pursuing a Person who releases righteousness in us and through us. Jesus is worthy of our efforts to press into God.

“Hunger is one of the most important signs of life. When there is no hunger for a sustained period, then there is no life. Many live in a “spiritual intensive care unit” without any hunger for prayer or the Word. This is abnormal Christianity. Hungerless and passionless Christianity is not normal from God’s point of view. Lack of hunger is a serious sign of sickness in the spirit.” Mike Bickle

Growing in our hunger and pursuit of God— is one of the greatest ways to honor our Presence Encounter and its the only way to keep the ground we have today.

Yeshua was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and the bible says, “afterward He hungered!” The wilderness is the perfect context to grow passion and hunger. Do you want to become an oracle with glory in your voice? Every oracle must grow in hunger before Yahweh announces over them, “Eat the scroll.”

“One thing I have DESIRED of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalms 27:4

A DEVOTIONAL DECREE TO PURSUE LOVE AND DESIRE THE SPIRIT

Many use faith’s confession of the word to get things. Why not use faith’s confession of the word to declare how far in God you can go? To that end, I’ve put together some devotional decrees to encourage yourself in the Lord and help frame your world of encounter.

Bible Verse: “Pursue love and earnestly desire Spiritual gifts…” I Cor. 14:1
Devotional Decree to Pursue Love and to be in the Spirit at all times based on 1 Cor 14:1:

Father, I want to obey 1 Cor. 14:1. Therefore, I set my heart to aggressively chase AGAPE (Love on YOUR terms), to pursue the love of God with all haste, like a hunter pursing a catch. I’m coming after You. I burn with holy jealousy for the realm of the Spirit. I must be where You are. My devotion is like the sound of water boiling over with eager desire to be in the Spirit, of His realm where He imparts love, faith, reveals Jesus (As Bridegroom, King, Judge, etc) and reveals who I am in Him.

This verse is an explosive apostolic charge into holy love and to become a person immersed in the realm of the Spirit. This is for those who desire to be “in the Spirit” and never “come out.” These

words to me are an “all-access-granted” pass into the love of God and realm of the Spirit. It’s all based on pursuit and desire. Declare over yourself: I pursue love and earnestly desire to be in the realm of the Spirit.

  1. Pursue: chase aggressively, like a hunter pursuing a catch (prize). It means pursue with all haste (“chasing” after), earnestly desiring to overtake (apprehend). In other words, stir your hunger and GO FOR IT. Don’t highlight your lack of pursuit. Remain steady in your pace by seeing His loving pursuit of you and declare I Pursue…
  2. Love: In this passage “love” is “agapen.” It is “love” as God desires it. Love on God’s terms is love without condition, unrelenting, and never quitting. The call is to aggressively apprehend the unrelenting and never-quitting love of God and to manifest that love to others. I Pursue love (for God, for neighbor, for self)…
  3. Earnestly Desire: “zēlóō.” The King James Bible translates this word as “covet.” That’s how strong this call is. This is a poetic word, meant to imitate the sound of boiling water. Take your desire to its boiling point and then turn up the heat. Damon Thompson says often, “211 degrees is warm water. 212 degrees can move a train.” 212 degrees is the boiling point of water and that is exactly what the call is here. When desire in our heart begins to boil over we release the sound of inner burning. Declare I earnestly desire…
  4. Spiritual: The word for “spiritual” here is pneumatikós (an adjective, derived from pneúma, “spirit, wind, breathe”) – spiritual; relating to the realm of spirit, the invisible realm in which the Holy Spirit imparts faith and wonder, reveals Jesus as Bridegroom, reveals the In-Him Dimension, the Up Here Place, etc. The word “Gifts” is not in the original language. Certainly, “gifts” would be implied as a small part of what “spiritual” means here, but don’t stop there. Cry out for the wind to fill the whole house! You are the house of the Holy Ghost! Declare I Earnestly desire to be of the entire realm of the Spirit. To be where He is…

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