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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 16
 

 "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 16 - Holy Desperation!

As the deer pants for water...so my soul thirsts for God, for the living
God. (Ps. 42:1-2a)
We need holy desperation for the presence and ministry of Jesus to
move out of our complacent, satisfied existence.
Desperation is the underlying fuel that ignites our hearts. If we
aren't longing for Jesus, our ministry activities will be routine and
hollow.
To be desperate means to be without hope in our current condition,
knowing that in our own power we don't have the necessary resources
required to change things. We must become desperate enough to change
our lifestyle and priorities, our time commitments and resources.
Everything else must be a secondary activity to the desperate pursuit
of God in our midst.
The cry of desperation pierces through religious veneer and rhetoric;
the very act of crying out to God wakes up the human heart. We are
people in desperate need of the manifest presence of Jesus in our
midst!

Prayer Points:

· God, forgive me for my complacency. I recognize my lack of
desperation. Would You make me desperate for Your presence!

· Forgive me for my religious veneer & rhetoric. I cry out to You
God, realizing there is no hope in my life, family, church, & city
without 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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