I love running and enjoy the challenge of pursuing a goal. Right now I’m in training for a marathon in January and have a specific finish time in my mind. Many mornings that means waking up early and running long possibly in cold and drizzly weather. No, I am not always gung-ho about waking up at 4:00 AM or 5:00 AM to get ready to run . Laziness can easily take over if I allow my focus to slip into la-la-land. 🙂
Someone has said that “the proof of desire is in pursuit” and I could not agree more. We are all guilty at times of spiritual negligence and laziness. My words are not intended to condemn, but nudge toward spiritual awakening. To stay spiritually awake, we need to be always intentional in pursuing our relationship with our Father God.
In part 1 of this blog, I highlighted how the people of the town of Sychar placed a demand on the presence of Jesus and he ended up staying in Sychar teaching them for two more days. The point being, when we’re thirsty for more of His presence, we won’t allow anything to get in the way.
So how do we pursue His presence?
1) Realize your need
If you do not recognize your need for His presence in your life, start here. The Bible encourages us in John 7:37 to come and drink. This is a verse that commands action…COME…DRINK and we can’t fulfill our need just sitting and waiting for someone to spoon-feed us. If we want it badly enough, we need to take action and move toward our need and the One who can fulfill it, and that is Jesus.
2) Prioritize it. Get after it
We are very good at prioritizing what we consider necessary in our lives. If we want more money, we will do whatever we need to do to get that promotion, even if it costs us placing important things in our lives beneath our most pressing priority. We are willing to pursue what we need and love. How much do we love and desire God’s presence? How much do we love to spend time with God? It’s really up to us to answer these questions, so in the spirit of social media #getafterit
3) Spend time with God, it’s that simple
Church was never intended to be the only place we get spiritually fed. We cannot take our worship team home with us, but we are blessed in today’s technological era. We can easily find ways to invest in our time with God from iTunes, CD’s, podcasts, blogs and the list goes on. My growth is my responsibility. Nothing magical or difficult. Just as we eat food 2-3 times a day, we need to make sure we don’t deplete our spiritual energy because we forget to eat. Here’s the good thing, you can eat and drink as much as you desire…there is no limit to God’s provision.
4) Removing distractions and barriers
The Bible encourages us to get rid of any weight or distraction that would hinder or entangle us in our walk with the Lord. (Hebrews 12:1) When flooding due to heavy rains is anticipated, everyone hurries to erect sand bag barriers so water will not infiltrate their property. Barriers impede the flow of water. The forecast of our day calls for spiritual flooding, so let’s remove every sand bag and anything that hinders, so that Holy Spirit can flow freely in our lives and inundate us with His presence.
5) Be still and know
We are good at “doing” but not so good sitting still, right? Silence makes us somewhat uncomfortable, yet it is in the silence that Holy Spirit communicates with our spirit His heart and desire for us and wraps us with His Presence. The Bible calls us to be still and know that He is God, to quiet our minds and allow His gentle voice to speak. We may not like to sit still and it might feel awkward, but we need to; so give it a try, don’t bring any requests, don’t sing any songs, simply focus on Him, love on Him and let Him love you back.
Let’s be open to what Holy Spirit wants to do in our day. We need the presence of Holy Spirit to revive our hearts, longing for a deeper sense and need of His presence. It’s really up to us to step into the river of His presence. Will we go ankle deep? Knee deep? Waist deep or go to the open waters where we can swim? (Check Ezekiel 47:1-5) The choice is ours.
How far will we go? How deeply will we seek His Presence in our lives?
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.