Christians, during a recent time of fasting and praying, I was seeking the Lord for insight and revelation. He said to me, “You are either adamantly pursuing after me, or slowly slipping away.” It sounded simple enough, but the more I meditated on what He was telling me, the more I understood the bigger message He was saying.
Adamant; has two definitions on Merriam-Webster’s website. The simple: not willing to change an opinion or decision: very determined. The full definition: unshakeable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion: unyielding. The adamant pursuer is one that is willing to fight to maintain the level of intimacy they have achieved in God. They are unyielding, they are very determined. This causes me to ask myself, am I adamantly pursuing God?
There have been times when I’ve fasted, prayed, pressed in, and got my physical man under control. I’ve had great times of reading the word, ministering to people, encouraging and serving others. However, I ask myself now, have I been consistent? Most Christians face seasons where they go after God strong, they flow in His presence and love. In the next season, they take it easy, they indulge their flesh a bit, they step back and give themselves a break. This is when you slowly start slipping away from His presence.
I’m not saying you should not rest, I’m not saying you cannot take a break…I’m saying, for myself, I find that the ground I fought so hard to overcome, quickly fades into the light of our physical lives. The things we once thought were easily maintained, are easily lost amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
During the time when God gave me this revelation, I had read a book on prayer, and begun to start every morning off with a time of prayer. The fast I started had ended, and a couple days later God reminded me of this message and showed me it’s truths. The day after the fast ended, I skipped my prayer time completely (not intentionally). I had a late night and an early morning of helping a friend out. Then the next day I was tired from the previous day’s activities, so I missed my prayer time again. Slowly slipping away. I quickly changed my mindset, and became adamant about my pursuit of God in prayer, and have worked on maintaining it ever since.
To be adamant means you do it no matter what, even when you don’t feel like it. To be adamant means you will not let the enemy distract you, lure you away, or allow you to feel complacent. There is no middle ground. If you are not pursuing God, you are slipping away. Maybe you find yourself gossiping with co-workers again or watching a TV show you stopped watching but now find yourself enthralled with again. Maybe you stopped reading your bible, maybe you stopped your prayer time with God. What is God showing you that you have slipped away from and back to something else you once did? Take heart, if you can recognize these areas, then you know exactly what to do. Now is the time to reclaim your ground and go further and deeper in the things of God, pursuing Him with a greater fire than before, in Jesus name, Amen.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and endured hardships for my Name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:2-5 (NIV) (emphasis added)
I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me. Proverbs 8:17 (NASB)
Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually! I Chronicles 16:11 (AMP)
With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. Psalm 119:10 (AMP)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2016