Here is the rest of yesterday’s post.
A.W. Tozer wrote “Pursuit Of God.” There was a prayer at the end of one chapter that captured my heart. It said something like this, ‘Lord I want to desire to desire You.’
As I read those words in 1972, something inside me stirred. I have learned since that it was the Holy Spirit awakening my heart to embrace the Lord’s desires. At that time in my life I was clueless. I’m sure that is why I got derailed so often through the lies of the enemy.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirt of truth, has to teach us to follow because we can’t do anything redemptive through our own efforts. Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”
His mission, and the call on our lives is to be holy as He is holy. It is called progressive sanctification. Here is another part of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Verse 17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” A large part of our walk with the Lord is to hide His word in our hearts. That gives the Holy Spirit the tools He needs to set us free from the things that bind us.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 helps us understand how to stay focused on Him in our now-trials. It says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”