LISTEN NOW! Steve, Pat and John continue their discussion of John Bevere’s book The Bait of Satan which deals with the spirit of offense and how Satan uses it as a tool to separate and divide us. In his book John writes “Several years ago I lived in Florida, a citrus capitol. Most Floridians know that the colder the winter is for the trees, the sweeter the oranges. If we did not run so fast from spiritual resistance, our root systems would have a chance to become stronger and deeper, and our fruit would be plentiful and sweeter in the eyes of God and more palatable to His people!!
A believer who chooses to delight in the Word of God in the midst of adversity will avoid being offended. That person will be like a tree whose roots search deep to where the Spirit provides strength and nourishment. He will draw from the well of God deep within his spirit. This will mature him to the point where adversity will now be the catalyst for fruit.” They continue to share by asking the question. Do we want the truth or do we want comfort. Truth confronts and allows us to take a closer look at ourselves and how we are conforming to be more Christ like. If we focus the hardship we miss what God wants to do in our lives.
You Pursue what you Desire
John, Pat and Steve share about pursuing God and making Him the object of your desire. Jeremiah 29:13 says “You will see me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you declares the Lord…” You can find God. Many today want to have a deeper walk with God. They even envy others and their perceived relationship with the Lord and console themselves with the idea that one day I will have a close relationship with God too as if time alone produces closeness and depth of relationship. They continue to share that you will find God and connect with Him when you commit your whole heart toward that pursuit. Many today pursue many things however they only pursue what they desire. Allow yourself to get hungry for God, to be moved by a great compelling desire to walk with Him more closely.