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Overcoming – Faith and the Pursuit of God

Overcoming – Faith and the Pursuit of God

The evidence of faith’s power is revealed in the quest and the pursuit of God. Faith captures the heart and cannot settle for mere words, confessions, or teachings. It must pursue the PERSON of Christ. Paul did not seek miracles or the approval of men. His pursuit was as simple as it was pure:

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14

This unrelenting desire for Him is the evidence of living faith. It is not static nor complacent in a knowledge-based faith alone. Just as a lightbulb requires the flow of electricity, faith charges the heart with a desire to please the One who is the source of this power.

“Because of this,
we also are striving to be pleasing to Him…”
2 Corinthians 5:9 (LITV)

It is important to note that the “striving” spoken of here is the fruit of faith; not the fleshly strivings of man. It is an inherent dynamic of faith pressing the heart to please our heavenly Father in every aspect of our lives!

“…for you to walk worthily of the Lord to all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work and growing into the full knowledge of God
Colossians 1:10 (LITV)

Anything within that desires to please and honor Him is the evidence of Faith. As such, it is impossible for faith to be devoid of corresponding works. Wherever faith resides there will be an evidential “bearing fruit in every good work”.

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Hebrews 13:20-21

Related Article: The Will to Do

Christ was bound to the Will of the Father, His joy, and His passion was to DO the Will of Him and to complete the purpose unto which He was sent. So it is in those who pursue His fulness.

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me
and to accomplish His work
John 4:34

Brian Troxel


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