In the message today we learn what it means to relentlessly pursue God, what to expect in return and all that is involved when we make that decision to pursue Him.
Part 2 – My Relentless Pursuit of God
Myths that Keep Me From Relentlessly Pursuing God
Myth # 1 – A strong faith should (come easy)
Myth # 2 – My faith must make me (feel good)
Myth # 3 – I have to (have it now)
Myth # 4 – God wants me (“happy, healthy, wealthy, etc.”)
What Does it Mean for Me to Relentlessly Pursue God?
1. I have a (close personal) relationship with God.
“O God, you are my God…”
Psalm 63:1a (NIV)
2. I always desire (more of Him).
“…earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:1b (NIV)
3. I pursue (God alone) to fill the void in my life.
“…earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you … because your love is better than life…”
Psalm 63:1b,3 (NIV)
If I relentlessly pursue God, what can I expect?
* God provides an (inner satisfaction)
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
Psalm 63:5 (NLT)
* God provides a (joy for life and for Him)
I will praise you with songs of joy… Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings… But the king will rejoice in God…
Psalm 63:5b, 7, 11 (NLT)
* God will give me an (inner stability and strength)
Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
Psalm 63:7-8 (NLT)
What Does Pursuing God Involve?
1. My faith – (trusting Jesus)
2. My life – (honoring God)
* God’s spirit empowers me to (hear Him)
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NLT)
* God’s word teaches me to (think like Him)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
3. My purpose – (helping others pursue God)
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)