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Stepping Stones: God’s Wakeup Call: Answer or Hit Snooze?

Stepping Stones: God’s Wakeup Call: Answer or Hit Snooze?
September 9, 2010 Lighthouse Network
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Transformational Thought

We love our children, as nothing in this world is more precious. As a parent, I really get excited when my kids really pursue me. Especially when they pursue me when they don’t need anything, they just love me and want to hang out with me. What they sometimes don’t realize, I have been pursuing them all along whether they liked it or not, whether they wanted me or not, even before they were born! If you are a parent, you know exactly what I mean.

When you set out to know our God more intimately, He rejoices, but He is not surprised. If you are waking up and starting to pursue Him harder, it’s because He has been pursuing you and you are finally realizing your need to acknowledge that call and respond.

While this longing burns brightly in your heart, remember it originated in Him. Know that God has been pursuing you long before your quest began. If you think it is only your spiritual discipline that keeps you close to God, you are at risk. If you are depending solely on your own efforts to stay close to God, you will for sure find times where you are distant from Him. But if you put His love and pursuit of you as the first step, then His love for you will be always be pursuing and forever assuring.

Today, thank your Lord for awakening in your heart the strong desire for Him, even before you were born He loved, planned, and pursued you. Take 2 separate breaks today and search your heart, looking for what God is asking you to loosen your grip on, so you can grab the hand He extends to you. The weight on your shoulders will actually lighten. It’s your decision, choose well.

Prayer
Dear Father God, Thank You for awakening me and placing in my heart this strong desire for You. Before I realized your consistent effort to wake me up, I tried to find life in so many different places. I tried so hard to fill the void – and many times I filled it in sinful ways. Forgive me, Lord. I realize now that I have thirsted for You as far back in time as I can remember. I know now that my desire for a closer walk with You grew out of all the work You have done in me. I know You have initiated this longing I have for You…and I know my response now pleases You. Help me, Lord, set aside time and use the remote control for my mind each day to engage with You, my living God. In Jesus’ ultimate awakening; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
My soul thirst for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:2

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

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