Cultivating a passion for God is what He delights in. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good,” 1 Peter 2:2-3. “As the deer pants after the water brook, so pants my soul after Thee oh God.” God is a jealous God, and wants us to yearn for Him and His word. We must nourish ourselves with His loving kindness, mercy, grace, and His attributes, so that we may reap righteousness.
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As Christians we must nourish ourselves with the Word of God on a daily basis. Abiding in Christ by knowing and memorizing God’s Word is crucial to the Christian walk. We often ask ourselves, ” How can I fit alone time with God in my day?” The question should be, “How can I arrange my day around my time with God?” Understandably difficult to change your mindset, when you have littles underfoot, a husband desiring your companionship, friendships to maintain, and a pile of dishes beckoning your name. The reality is, we will not be satisfied if all of our tasks are done, and are relationships are well maintained unless we develop a taste for the ultimate satisfaction of God Himself.
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It all begins with delight. The Christian life the New Testament describes simply cannot be lived if our hearts do not love and treasure God.
- No one sells all they own for a field, unless it holds a much more valuable treasure (Matthew 13:44).
- No one forsakes sin to trust and obey Jesus, unless his salvation holds out far more pleasure than sin (Luke 19.8–10).
- No one will — and no one can — draw near to God without believing he richly rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
- No one counts their own righteousness as loss, unless they believe Jesus’s righteousness is the only thing that grants him the inexpressible joy of knowing the Father (Philippians 3:9–10).
- No one leaves “houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands” for Jesus’s sake without the incentive of a far greater reward (Matthew 19:29).
- No one willingly suffers for Jesus’s sake, unless he believes his afflictions aren’t worthy to be compared with the eternal weight of glory awaiting him (2 Corinthians 4:17).
- No one willingly embraces martyrdom for Jesus’s sake, unless he considers death as gain (Philippians 1:21).
What drives the Christian life is the great joy set before us (Hebrews 12:2), causing us to forget what lies behind and press on toward the goal for the eternal prize of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13–14). The Christian’s approach to life is to attain the resurrection from the dead “by any means possible” (Philippians 3:11). Whatever it takes.
And we can only live this way when the Resurrection and the Life is the chief delight of our hearts (John 11:25). For it is impossible to love with all our heart one our heart does not delight in (Luke 12:34).
Every act of obedience to God, including loving our neighbors as ourselves and loving our enemies, is contingent upon obeying the greatest commandment to love God with all our hearts (Luke 6:35). That’s why the Bible speaks of delight in God as imperative, not optional: “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4).
Practical how-tos on developing a life that longs for the spiritual nourishment of the Word, is what I will be covering in my Journal. Please stay tuned for more entries to be written on how to nurture your relationship with God.
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Learning to Abide by Trillia Newbell
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