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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 11
 

 "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Day 11 - The Heart Cry

One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may
dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the
beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. ( Psalm 27:4)

A desperate cry is growing in the hearts of believers for a real,
tangible encounter with God. We want, like Moses, to see Him face to
face. We don't want only to read about Him, talk about Him, and pay
homage to Him on Sunday mornings.

What are we longing for? I believe it's the presence of God in the
midst of His people, the manifestation of His nearness, and an
awareness of His love that is both real and relevant.

Jesus wants us to desire Him above all else and to encounter Him in
tangible life-changing ways! Is there a cry in your heart for a deeper
connection to the Lord? Are you longing for more? Are you tired of
feeling like you are just going through the motions in your spiritual
life?

Prayer Points:

Forgive me God for having a divided heart. Change my desires and lead
me into a place of encounter with You!
Forgive me for chasing after other "lovers" to satisfy my longings.
Take me to the deeper realities of who You are, and change me forever
in Your presence.

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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey. Here is a quote from
her book "Desperate for His Presence", published by Bethany House
Publishers:

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "


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