“See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.”
God has many good things in store for us, but you only qualify for what you are willing to pursuit. God clearly state in His Word that He has prearranged for us to live the good life (Ephesians 2:10 AMP), but in order for you to experience it there must be an energy generated and exerted on the inside of you that pushes you toward it. That’s the power of pursuit! Whatever you pursue in the will of God, you will eventually possess. As long as you don’t quit, you will obtain the prize.
To pursue means to chase, follow, or hunt something with the goal of obtaining and possessing it. It reminds you of a hunter after the big game or a runner after a prize. In every pursuit there is an energy generated and exerted on the inside of the pursuer that pushes them closer to their desire. So it is with the things that are good for us, to obtain them they must be pursued. Below are a list of principles that you should understand about pursuing any desire:
The power of pursuit attracts resources. Jesus said be careful what you hear because the measure of thought you give to a thing will bring more of it to you (Mark 4:24-25). So it is with all things that you desire. Your pursuit of your desires causes resources to be drawn to you just like a babies cry draws his mother’s milk. As you give more attention to them, they begin to emerge from the background of life. People that can help you will be drawn to you. Opportunities are recognized whereas before they only looked like problems. Literally you find that you have all you need to get started and more is revealed along the way.
What you pursue consumes you. At some point what you pursue seem to consume much of your thought life. You begin to see things from that perspective and decisions are made in relation to your desire instead for your circumstance. As you continue to seek your desire, creativity is released. Ideas, concepts and insights come to you from both internal and external sources. Your passion grows creating energy and also hardening you to difficulties.
Your pursuit will have obstacles. One of the commonalities involved in every pursuit are obstacles. That thing that stands between you and your desire, no matter if it’s real or imaginary, I believe we encounter obstacles for several reasons and understanding those reasons helps us to move past them.
- First, obstacles are there to reveal how bad you really want it. They help you define the true cost of your efforts and the price you are willing to pay.
- Second, obstacles may slow you down, giving you time to examine and inventory your motives. God’s desire is that we will constantly examine our selves. What am I doing that doesn’t matter? Where am I wasting my time? Who did I leave behind and should I have? Remember, the things that really matter in life don’t’ change no matter what barrier is presented. Sometimes we need to run into a wall to figure that out.
- Third, obstacles should be embraced as part of the journey not the end of it. Don’t let your brick wall become your termination point; let it become your point of no return. Often obstacles are painful. The true essence of pain is to create a memory. How we process that pain is what determines if we become bitter or better. Literally, as you process the pain of the obstacles you have to endure, they make you better and more qualified to receive you prize.
So set you sites on that which is good in life. Decide to go after it with all that God has given you and in the process you to will discover the power of pursuit.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.