Day 21

January 23

These last 3 weeks have been all about our theme word, “PURSUE”. My prayer is that you have been setting aside something, (food, desserts, social media, video games, television, etc) that usually takes up some of your time and energy, to PURSUE more of Jesus. I heard a preacher say something once that really convicted me. He said, “You can have as much of the Holy Spirit as you want, in fact, you already do.” What he meant is that God responds to our “want to”. Do you REALLY WANT more of Him? If I really want something, I figure out a way to get it. Last March when the shutdown started, I decided that I wanted a pellet grill, but it was too expensive to ask for my birthday. So I came up with a plan to build custom cornhole sets and was able to get my pellet grill and enjoy some incredible meals. That is such a small example. What we REALLY want, we WILL PURSUE! Do you REALLY want more of Him? Then do not stop PURSUING, just because the fast, the days of denial have come to an end. Keep SEEKING, keep CHASING, keep PURSUING…! There are so many benefits to pursuing Him. Among those found in God’s Word are these 5:

  • When we PURSUE Him, we find rest. 
Matthew 11:28 - “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you REST…”

  • PURSUING God gives you life! 
Amos 5:6 – “Seek the Lord and live!”

  • Those who PURSUE God find strength. 
2 Chronicles 16:9 – “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

  • PURSUING God fills you with joy and gladness.
Psalm 40:16 – “But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”

  • Choosing to PURSUE God leads to deliverance. 
Psalm 107:13-14 – “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”

How can you PURSUE Him on a daily basis? What new habits have you discovered during this fast that you need to include in your life from this point forward? What benefits of pursuing Him could you really use? 

Pastor Todd Pope
Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  Day 4  |  Day 5  |  Day 6  |  Day 7  |  Day 8  |  Day 9  |  Day 10  |  Day 11  |  Day 12  |  Day 13 |  Day 14  |  Day 15  |  Day 16  |  Day 17 |  Day 18  |  Day 19 |  Day 20  |  Day 21