CHASING AFTER GOD IS A MYTH


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Hi everyone!!

Gosshh it feels so good to blog again.

I must confess...life gets in the way, let's just say I have been dealing with stuff and boy! I am just glad to finally gather motivation to write...in fact you can't believe how hard I am cheesing as I type this.



Anyways let's delve into today's gist
Today I want to share with you guys a thought that has been bugging my mind of late. It's this issue of 'chasing after God' I don't know why but recently I realised from scripture and from conversations with the HolySpirit, that it's impossible for us to chase after God.

According to thefreedictionary.com a myth is 'A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology'

I know...I know...you are wondering what I mean, don't get me wrong I know the phrase 'chasing after God' when used means actively trying to do the things of the Spirit or consciously walking with God.
The point of this blog is to show that whatever we think we are doing that we want to classify as 'chasing after God' we do because he first chased after us and won the race on the cross of Calvary.
I would do this by sharing a few excerpts from scripture, which for us as Christians is our primary source.

Everytime I read the story of the lost coin and sheep I am more convinced that it is God through Jesus that indeed chases after us, both parables as told by Jesus show us clearly that God is in the active business of saving souls and he would go through any means necessary to win us over, I mean one could easily assume that a Shepherd that has several sheep would not be too bothered about one straying away, or someone who has 100 coins might forego that one to secure the remaining 99, but no not Jesus. Both stories are found in Luke 15:1-11

From studying scripture I came to a realisation, it is God that chases after us, God has always sought after and tried to come to us.

God has always sought and is still actively seeking a romantic relationship with us...yes I used the word romantic.

Please read this excerpt below.

And now, here’s what I’m going to do:

I’m going to start all over again.

I’m taking her back out into the wilderness

where we had our first date, and I’ll court her.

I’ll give her bouquets of roses.

I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope.

She’ll respond like she did as a young girl,

those days when she was fresh out of Egypt


The above is one of my favourite scriptures from the book of Hosea chapter 2, I choose the Message version because of how descriptive it is.
In the above God was explaining his plan for redemption for the people of Israel (and mankind as a whole), whilst they were still sinning.

Let me share a personal experience from my life, there have been times when my personal communion time with God will go on breaks, simply because I didn't feel like praying or I just wasn't feeling the 'spirit', I am sure every Christian has gone through these moments of 'I just don't feel like praying', you know when you just feel like God is not there.

One of these times I decided to gather myself together and just pray by force, after a few minutes I realised that I began to feel joy in my spirit, I began to get excited and enjoy fellowship, I suddenly began to wonder why I had taken a break before, why was I feeling like God wasn't there?, why did I feel dry?

Then the HolySpirit spoke he said 'I never left, I was always here waiting for you to talk with me, you were the one that pulled away'.

It was at that moment I understood that my worship/relationship with God was one of faith and not of feelings, (I mean I knew this before, but it was like an emphasis) that God is constantly trying to communicate with me, trying to get my attention, I was the one like the prodigal son that went off into a far country, and God was like the prodigal son's father always waiting and looking, anticipating my return.
So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.- LUKE 15:20 (The story of the prodigal son)

You see the truth is that if there was ever a race between God and man, God already chased after us, caught up with us and won the race on the cross of calvary by sending Jesus. He went a step further by sending his HolySpirit to live inside of us forever till we see him in glory, how do we then chase what is inside of us.

The point of this post is to help believers move their walk with God from the angle of activities and works to a position of grace and faith where we realise that everything we do is as a result of what he did first, God took the first step towards us and that is why we have access to him, its not the other way round. What we call chasing after God is simply a response to his love.

The reason you can pray and study and feel closer to him is firstly because he tore the veil so we have unrestricted access to him.
Your relationship with him should be one of intimacy and love, not works,activity and compulsion, we pray and study the word because we can't get enough of him, we worship because we are constantly in awe of him and can't but express it however we choose.

I would have to stop writing now because just writing about this topic is making me tingle and I have to relieve myself in worship just to appreciate him for chasing after me.
Everyday is always a good day to say thank you Jesus for chasing after me.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I can't wait to read and respond in the comment section.
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x.o gbemieO.

Obadan Gbeminiyi

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful write up. Christ Loved us first, we just have to reciprocate His love with the help of The Holy spirit

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    1. Hi bukola,
      Thanks a lot for the comment, glad you were blessed.
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  2. This i can relate with and it reminds me of the Love and Sacrifice of Jesus Christ for me and for everyone. Thank you Gbemi

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    1. Hi ayo, thank you for being a consistent reader. Have a fabulous week

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  3. Only the Holy spirit could have revealed this.Such deep revelation.He chased us and expressed his love for us even when we were in sin.

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    1. Yes kenny, very apt comment. Thanks for your comment, have a famous week ahead.

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    2. Yes kenny, very apt comment. Thanks for your comment, have a famous week ahead.

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  4. Hello Gbemi... I'm happy you're back, I used to stalk (lol) your blog in the past and then suddenly you disappeared so after a while I stopped checking and then Abraham told me you're back (yay!). You really are doing a good job and I'm glad you're back. Keep up the good work. God bless you.

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