DEVOTIONAL: Persistence Not Perfection

DEVOTIONAL: Persistence Not Perfection

Persistence not Perfection

This week I was reading and came across one phrase that really struck a chord with me and I have pondered on it all week.  It basically stated that God is looking for persistence from us not perfection in our walk with Him.  That persistence part is what really stood out to me.  I long to be closer to God and pursue Him in my daily walk.  I desire ALL that God has for me.  I want Him to fill me, lead me, walk with me and live in me as I pursue Him.  As we strive for perfection, God only wants us to be persistent in our faith each and every day, yet He never requires our perfection.  That is somewhat refreshing to know.  God wants us to seek after righteousness, walk justly and resist evil but He never expects us to be perfect.  Growing up in a very strict holiness church, I always felt I needed to be perfect in order to be a Christian.  When I finally discovered that I was never going to be perfect, it really released me from the bondage of pursuing perfection in my walk with Christ.

When we pursue God, we will discover His unfailing love, His glory, His redemption and will find our identity in Him.  When you decide you want more in your walk with Christ and get to a place of pursuing Him, your life will then remain in a constant place of awe of Him.  God loves us so much that he sent His only Son, Jesus to bear our sins so in our pursuit of Him, we don’t have to be perfect but only commune with Him to receive the fullness of His Glory.  When you run after Him in complete persistence and ask God to fill your heart and life with His presence and His power, God will meet you in the very place where you are and do just that.  Yes, that means right now in your sin, with your battered past, mistakes that you are too ashamed to speak of, the hurt you hide, the emptiness you feel and every piece of your broken life.  He is waiting to fill you up with hope, forgive you, redeem you and restore your life to complete wholeness as you persistently pursue Him.  Isn’t it amazing that God takes us as we are?  Isn’t it amazing how we can find joy, peace, happiness, contentment and not have to do anything but pursue after Him and give Him our hearts?

As we seek God wholeheartedly, we can be assured that He is going to lead us on the right path to find exactly what we are searching for in this life.  All we have to do is pursue after God and then watch as He makes himself known to us in the most miraculous ways.  Our lives are meant to glorify God, so our Salvation is more than just one moment in time that we make a statement that solidifies our eternal life.  Our lives are meant to glorify God right now, right where we are, imperfections and all as we persistently discover all of WHO HE IS!

Prayer of Persistence:
Dear Heavenly Father I come to you today an imperfect person and submit my life to you.  I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit as I persistently pursue after your righteousness.  I know that I will never be perfect but help me so that I may seek to follow you in all that I do so that I will not sin against you.  I want my life to exemplify you in all that I do.  Today I ask you to help me change my focus so that I may pursue you more and look to you for my strength so that I can know you in a more intimate way.  Forgive me now for my sins and teach me to seek you first and the kingdom of God so that my life can be an example to others of your forgiveness, love and grace.  In Jesus name I pray….Amen!

Bible Verses of Pursuing after God
Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Psalms 105:4
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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