God is Pursuing You

Do you know how much God loves you?

Do you know, at this very minute, that God is pursuing you?  Even if you’ve been a Believer all of your life, He is pursuing you.  He continues to pursue you and wants to deeply connect with you and your heart.

You know when you had that check in your spirit recently?  That was God.  When you said those words you wanted to take back as soon as they left your lips?  That was God.  When you acted one way, or didn’t act in another.  That was God.

He loves you with His whole heart and His Holy Spirit walks with you, follows you,  and even goes after you when you turn away.  In 1893 Francis Thompson coined the phrase “the Hound of Heaven” when describing how God unceasingly pursues us, encouraging us to follow Him.

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Jehovah Rapha, The God Who Heals

"Time heals all wounds?" No, only God can bring complete healing.

May I ask you a hard question today? Is there a painful memory in your past? Most of us have at least a few. It could be as the result of a family argument or someone who coerced you to do something you didn’t want to do.

Mine occurred over five years ago. At the time, I worked for a man who really took advantage of his status over me me and used me to do some awful things… although it was all cloaked in an air of doing good things, which made it so much worse. Sometimes the painful memories are sparked by a fleeting thought, or a phrase, or an image.

Thankfully, by God’s grace, I believe I’ve gotten over most of it. I’ve forgiven him and moved on. But there was a season where just the thought of those situations would raise my blood pressure or quicken my breathing. It was very painful. Have you been there? Are you there now?

They say time helps to heal all wounds. While time does put distance between you and the hurt, I believe only God can bring complete healing.

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