Where am I? Part 3 of 3: “Driven to Know”

Have you ever been driven to know something and you bug someone and nose your way in to a conversation to find out?  Have you ever been driven to finish a project and even though your eyes are tired, your back is aching, and you haven’t eaten for 6 hours, you just push on until it is finished?

As I lay down my losses I am driven to know Christ more.  At the point of releasing profits and counting them as loss I am in a low place, yet I am driven to continue on…. I am casting off the old and putting on the new; the new position of being in the palm of my Father’s hands.  He is in control. Laying me down brings me to my knees and I am in want of my Lord’s hands opening the eyes of my heart.  I have been directed to three ways I can know Christ more.

#1 I can know Him by seeking Him intimately through His fellowship and calling on Him in prayer and reading His Word.  The more I read His Word and think on it and claim it in prayer, the more my eyes are opened to His love for me.  The more I am enabled to see of His grace and mercy poured out for me.  His truths become grafted into my heart.

#2  I can know Him by depending on Him and drawing upon His strength and not my own.  Drawing near to God in difficult times has given me a practical knowledge of the Lord; He is good for His Word and always keeps His promises.  He is my Help.  Through my suffering and choosing to rely on Jesus, I have experienced a deeper knowing of Him that I was unable to attain otherwise.

#3  I can know Him by serving Him in willingness to be filled and used by Him. This is why I claimed my drivin’ in the open jeep (see Part 1 of 3 blog) !  Surrendering to His will for my life each day gives me a new freedom; with my eyes open I wait for the open doors He is pointing me towards and I am ready to step through.

I can add three adjectives to the open air jeep visual:

I am open.  Open to the calling and adventure — where He leads I will go.  This is not a comfortable place necessarily – but it is an enlivening place!

Growing.  I am growing in deeper understanding of who God is and who I am every day.

I am thankful for the privilege of knowing Jesus and gaining in wisdom and stature.  I am thankful for the little and big graces He allows for me each day — I call these God Sparkles and I love to share them with people in my writings and on my FB wall.

But, like Paul, I have not attained all these things — I strive for them every day.

(Philppians 3:12 – 14)  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

As I count my losses I can push forward to take hold of knowing Christ and gain.

Where am I?  I am pressing on.  Pressing on with thanksgiving and praise and I find myself entering into the presence of the Lord.  (If you have been blessed by hearing my testimony over these last three days via this blog — please pass this link onto your friends and family.  I seek to be a blessing and shine for the Lord. Click on the LIKE button below…  Share as you can and join me in spreading the fame of our Lord.)   Sheryl

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