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One of my favorite authors is Ted Dekker. I suggest that if you haven’t read any of his books you do so if you like Christian fiction that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I just finished a book by him called "When Heaven Weeps" It is a modern day retelling of sorts of Hosea and Gomar. In the book Jan Jovic is a Christian author who has written a book called "The Dance of the Dead" which became the most popular book ever next to the bible in sales. Everything in his life is going exceptionally well until he meets Helen, a woman of the street who is addicted to cocaine. Then his life and world is turned upside down as he falls madly in love with this woman. A love that has not come from himself but a love that emanates from God.

Helen had never faced this type of love and she finds herself going back and forth between Jan ands the man who feeds her need for drugs. She longs to be with Jan and yet the pull of the drugs is sometimes too much for her and she makes excuses as to why she needs to go back to her sin. Yet each time she falls Jan takes her back and smothers her with love and forgiveness. I won’t spoil the story for you, but I can tell you that in the end love wins out.

At one point Jan in talking with the Lord about his feelings for Helen, the pain along with the deep love. The Lord tells Jan that what he is feeling is but a mere shadow of the love that Christ feels towards humanity. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Jan was ready and willing to give up his own life as a sacrifice so that Helen could be free. In loving someone we must truly die to self.

All of us at one time or another have been like Gomar or Helen. We make excuses for our sin. Sin brings pleasure to our flesh, but true love is never found in it. We keep returning to the vomit from which we came. Our flesh loves to wallow in it. Then once the pleasure is slated we return in sorrow to the One who loves us more than we feel we deserve. The real mystery of God’s love is that He is always willing to take us back and clean us up once more. In the end if we are truly repentant, His love will win out.

When I was younger I was addicted to sex and pornography, sometimes the urge would become so strong that I would push all thoughts of God out of my mind. I still felt I loved Him and yet for a few moments of pleasure all thoughts of Him would be lost from my mind until I would come crashing down. Then came the realization that I had once again failed in my walk with Him. I hated it and yet loved it. I hated myself for loving it. There have been times when I have fallen so far. How could God continue to love me? Yet He did. Each time He would take me in His arms and remind me of His love. It is His love and patience with me through it that has set me free. He never gave up on me even though many times I wanted to give up on myself.

"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:12-14

He will always pursue you no matter how far you go. He will never give up on you. If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 He is the Faithful One. So unchanging in His love for you. If you are a Christian you have become one with Him. He paid a very high price for your ransom through His death on the cross.

Mankind is the jewel of God’s creation and I began to see one of the parables about the kingdom of heaven in a new light.

Jesus said; "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46

I saw us as that pearl and Christ as the merchant. Christ gave up all in heaven and became a man to purchase us. Philippians 2:6-8 says; who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. The cross is the greatest act of love ever known. He paid the price for us at great cost. Can we really truly understand the depth of this. Sometimes I sit and meditate upon what He has done and it blows me away. I struggle to understand those who reject His love. He is the Greatest Lover. The Great Pursuer.

Oh Christ, how great Your love! No words can tell! No song can explain how deep, how wonderful, how marvelous is the depths of your passion for us.

 

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Comments on: "God’s Pursuit – The Depth of His Love" (18)

  1. Hi Gerry,The Spaces network has been terrible all this week. I\’ve been pinging the spaces.msn.com domain regularily, and it\’s been down most of the time. It\’s only as of this afternoon it seems to have picked up. Hopefully they have their issue fixed.I wonder if Microsoft will have the WMF vulnerability fixed too. I wonder if I\’ll have my bugs fixed by the end of today.Jason

  2. Hello Mr. MJ\’s Dad! sorry, i dont know ur last name! anyway, great entry! i finally got to go see Narnia (MJ was hassling me to see it! lol) and i agree, it is a truly amazing film! i cant wait to get the dvd! 😀 anyway, have a nice day!God Bless,Matt

  3. Had the same problem. E-mailed them. No response. Seems to be working a lot better now. Gotta love the MSN Spaces — what a frontier. Gerry,Keep smiling.

  4. I love Ted Dekker!!!!!!!!! Have you read Blessed Child by Bill Bright and Ted Dekker? If not put it on the top of your list! My best friend told me it was the best book she\’s ever read and I\’d have to agree. I was having trouble with MSN spaces too but if seems to have cleared up now. I hope it\’s fixed. I\’m glad it\’s not my computer.Thanks for the great post!Karen

  5. Yes MSN has been terribly slow the last few days, but right now it seems to be working fine. Again, this is a very important message for all to hear, believers and non believers alike. As a believer I know I am set free in Him, but I am still here on earth and I am still human and my flesh is weak to temptation and I will sin. But it is amazing and refreshing to know that with anything and everything that I do against God, He is right there arms open wide welcoming me back and willing to fogive me for all of it. Thank you so much Gerry for this message, it is wonderful.Blessings,Bethany.

  6. MSN Spaces seems to have cleared up in the UK as of this morning. My mother is friends with one of the MSN Groups Adminisatrators and he told her from his enquiries he\’d been led to believe that MSN staff have been tinkering with things to try and improve them. It\’s not just the spaces that have been affected.I keep hearing word of "MSN Live" via MSN workers spaces and other sources. They seem to regard it as the next big thing and I get the impression it is going to supercede things like Messenger and the Groups networks. My fear is that they will do the same with the Spaces network and will replace it using an evovlve or die policy, which would having a brand new shiny style blog at the expense of losing all your earlier material. I really hope this doesn\’t happen.

  7. Yeh my MSN spaces has been down for the past few days too. Seems to be working fine now.I thought until recently that the parable was about us giving up everything to follow God, but I realised that we weren\’t looking for God. God was purchasing us with His blood! That to me is the most encouraging thing of the God I love and trust.Oh and thanks for the comment on my space! After issuing a few challenges I thought my space would be more active but now its just become more quiet, ah well =PGod Bless!

  8. Hi, thanks for responding to my comment a few weeks ago…but I still don`t agree that Hell really exist.First of all, let me remind you of how Humans are honored with free choice. There is no “giant hand of God” that’s going to come down and do whatever he wants with you…I find that it`s honestly disturbing to see how some church leaders are still stuck in that old fashioned pattern about religion…Some will try to keep things the same, fearing that it will all collapse if they don’t…I really admire the ones that are finally beginning the correction process…and I`m happy to see that more and more are doing so.Basically, I beleive that all religious systems will begin to fail. It`s very clear that some Ancient texts that you have lived by aren’t accurate, and have been manipulated over the years by men in power. It`s clear that the result will be that some will leave the system and look for better answers and some will attempt to change the church to better conform to what has been discovered. In both cases, it will change the status quo of the balance of religion…The truth is that these days, the old organized religion is slipping in popularity. Look around and you’ll see Humanity beginning to try to validate what they believed in the past, and if it’s found wanting, they’re going to find something better for themselves…sometimes with information coming only from within instead of from the outside.I beleive that there will always be a need for organized religion, but it will need to change to meet a more spiritual and discerning Humanity…Humanity will be intuitively looking for a belief system that doesn’t tear down the Human seed of existence, or place God in a box for everyone to conform to. They’ll be looking for something that “rings true” with what they’re feeling, where they don’t have to suffer to please a higher power.What they’ll seek isn’t a doctrine and it doesn’t always depend on having a prophet. It’s a way of life that honors the “prophet within” and lets all that has gone before snap into place within a wisdom pattern that allows a realization that God is much, much bigger than previously thought.

  9. Ernest,"After issuing a few challenges I thought my space would be more active but now its just become more quiet, ah well =P":-)Ha ha! Thanks for that, I had a nice morning laugh over that.I\’m surprised anyone visits my Space at all. It\’s mostly punishment with the odd glimmer of something nice. But I\’m so blessed because I get to preach to myself. And if I can preach to myself, and find something to repent for or find more reason to be on fire for Him, then it doesn\’t matter if anyone visits.But if they do, I guarantee they will be blessed. Voluntarily or involuntarily. ;-)Heh. Keep going after Him! Raise His standard in your own life, and He will have a reason to trust you with His children, that you can help raise the standard in theirs.Jason

  10. Janikl,"The truth is that these days, the old organized religion is slipping in popularity. "Yes it is. It has been prophesied. It\’s not about popularity. It\’s about truth. It\’s neither about religion. It\’s about knowing Jesus."What they’ll seek isn’t a doctrine and it doesn’t always depend on having a prophet. It’s a way of life that honors the “prophet within” and lets all that has gone before snap into place within a wisdom pattern that allows a realization that God is much, much bigger than previously thought."Also known as self-worship.This is diametrically opposed to the Gospel, which says we must die to ourselves. We must lose ourselves and allow Him to reign and rule over our life.Again, these thoughts of yours have all been prophesied as evidence of the times. The maxims of this age fulfill scriptures and speak of where we are in His plan.It\’s interesting and exciting to witness it all come to pass.Based on what you\’ve said, I have to ask. Do you know that God exists? If you don\’t, how have you validated whether He actually does/doesn\’t exist?I\’m interested in your empirical personal quest for truth on this particular matter.Jason

  11. JaniklOrganized religion kills. Only Christ sets free. Jesus said that if you are set free, you are free indeed. That means not only from sin but also from the bonds of religion. Tell me my friend, in which way has the Word of God been manipulated and changed. I can prove to you otherwise. The bible we read today is the same that was given by the prophets and the apostles. There is somone who is coming who will satisfy all you are looking for right now and say all the right things. He will take the world by surprise and usher in a false peace to the world. The Jews are looking for him as the messiah and the Muslims are looking for him as the 12th Imam who will rule the world for 7 years. He is the anti-christ and I can tell you right now, you will fall for him unless you come to realize that true peace is only found in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can truly sympathize with all we as human being feel and face because He Himself became one of us. I challange you to investigate Christ\’s claims and see if all He said e was is true. You will be very surprised.Take care

  12. Gerry,I absolutely *LOVE* this song. Especially the spontaneous worship. Powerful and annointed.Jason

  13. Thanks for your comments on my space Gerry.In fact my whole entire life is a testimony to God\’s grace and protection. There can be no other reason I am still here today and not completely destroyed by evil.I think I\’m still working out the kinks so to speak,(in terms of knowing when and how to do things) but I know I owe my life to God. I am His miracle. Erika

  14. Dear Gerry,I usually am speechless when I get done reading your blogs…I want to write smething in response but my heart is just overwhelmed. So many things you share are exactly on the money and nothing short of where I am at..or have been… it almost like you have lived my life or I have lived yours. of course, i am sure that is why so many do reply to your blogs because they feel the same way…. it makes me want to pou rmy whole heart out to and yet…it seems like there is so much that it could never really be emptied. i think another reason I do not reply is because if I really started… alot WOULD come pouring out…i know..all this pouring should be done with the Lord and HIIM only…. i don\’t have much in my blogs… but i read others often sometimes here and on my yahoo 360…you should set up a space there Gerry and just duplicate… but that might be way too much time involved since I know it takes time to comment and read others stuff and right your own blogs and do all the other things you are doing…. my daughter did get a brand new job which has to be a God thing… she will be an anesthetist tech at the hospital starting with 60 hours (with lunch breaks 50 hours paid every 2 weeks) but she is getting training on the job and the hours are 12 to 6 Monday through Friday. Later she will probably get more hours but she is in retail and this week only gets 12 -17 hours a week after Christmas and cannot budget the changing hours… They hired her knowing she is expecting and I think it is a God thing cause they will be training her and then she will take off to have the baby…in five months… Now we have to make it through her going to court on the 19th to get a restraining order and making some other decisions …anyhow the pursuit of God I found in the book Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb…. because interpersed throughout the book is the Love Story between Ruth and Boaz…and it gave an aspect of that entire story I had never seen before…that was one of the main turning points in beginning to have a much more intimate relationship with the LOrd…as I said, turning point…..and Satan hated it and came after me (and My family) like ugly on an ape…everytime i come to your space…I feel this deep hunger deep in my gut…for the Lord….you know, your site is really annointed in the truest meaning of the word I t hink…there is a shekinah presence here….keep me in your prayers would you please????

  15. sorry such a long blog for someone who was speechless…..

  16. hi Gerry,What an awesome entry. Keep up the good work brother and stay dedicated to that truth. God continously brings you to mind and its cool to see you still serving God like this.Take care!Cass***Forgiven is freedom that no one can take away

  17. Thank you for responding to my comments Jason & Allpraiseandworship, it`s really appreciated!To answer your questions, YES I know that God exist, God is amazing!! I know that I am part of the Creator. And I "spiritual-soul searched" my way through far enough to finally drop the idea that God is somewhere else in the sky…I know that I am a viable piece of God…I`m a piece of God who walks in lesson on the planet Earth, I am peace! I am love! And I feel it deeper and deeper everyday as I go deep into my meditation sessions…And about the bible…I know that the God of the Old Testament is the same one as today, but as humanity changed, so did the teachings, and so do the beliefs…This gave the appearance that God changed, but this perspective is actually reversed, Humans changed! I beleive that we should all take our divine power at this unique time in history…and we should all put down the old texts and begin to live the new ones that are poised in our writing hands. I suggest that we all write the new and amazing code ourself…There\’s wonder in the old items of history, but the instructions for our "NOW" must come from the new energy information sources…the ones at the core level of our new consciousness, don`t you think that would be a good idea??You can see now that it is a battle between old and new consciousness. It is a worldwide conflict, but it’s about each person…not groups of persons. And this is a war that will be won or lost through the individual choice of Humanity one-by-one…We need to understand that despite what it appears on the outside, the battle is not between cultures or religions. It is between an old and new paradigm of civilization. Belief systems all over our planet will tear apart with change. They will probably remain, but there can be no more fence-sitting in regard to the old ways that no longer work…I beleive that there will always be a need for organized religion. What is happening, however, is that organized religion must (and will) change to meet a more spiritual and discerning Humanity.Peace!-Janik =)

  18. Janik,"And about the bible…I know that the God of the Old Testament is the same one as today, but as humanity changed, so did the teachings, and so do the beliefs…This gave the appearance that God changed, but this perspective is actually reversed, Humans changed! "I\’m not clear. Are you saying that you believe in the Bible? And I agree, God has not changed."I beleive that we should all take our divine power at this unique time in history…and we should all put down the old texts and begin to live the new ones that are poised in our writing hands. I suggest that we all write the new and amazing code ourself…There\’s wonder in the old items of history, but the instructions for our "NOW" must come from the new energy information sources…the ones at the core level of our new consciousness, don`t you think that would be a good idea??"That is exactly what is happening right now. God creates dinosaurs. God kills dinosaurs. God creates man. Man kills God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man… Woman inherits the earth. Just kidding. I just love that quote from Jurassic Park. :-)But there is some truth that God created Man, and Man has destroyed God ideologically. How? By instead of submitting to what God wants and expects as an external, sovereign and superior being to us, we ascribe equality between us and God, and consider our own thoughts worthy of being considered truth. To say we should all find common ground and follow our own thoughts that is exactly what is happening today.Proverbs 21:2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts. What is the common ground today?SIN! The Bible says that the devil is the ruler over this world."You can see now that it is a battle between old and new consciousness. It is a worldwide conflict, but it’s about each person…not groups of persons. And this is a war that will be won or lost through the individual choice of Humanity one-by-one…We need to understand that despite what it appears on the outside, the battle is not between cultures or religions. It is between an old and new paradigm of civilization. Belief systems all over our planet will tear apart with change. They will probably remain, but there can be no more fence-sitting in regard to the old ways that no longer work…I beleive that there will always be a need for organized religion. What is happening, however, is that organized religion must (and will) change to meet a more spiritual and discerning Humanity."The problem I have with what you\’ve said here, is nowhere do I see the acknowledgement of God Himself. I only see the comparing of one\’s man idea to another man\’s idea, and both are religion. And religion is dead.God is a person. A sentient Being. Not just some cosmical energy from which we can meditate ourselves in and out of.We were created in God\’s image. 3-Dimensional beings created from a ????-dimensional God.Consider the words of the Bible:Ecclesiastes 1:9The thing that has been–it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. The world is in a constant cycle of sin, and we are nearing the end. It is only by the forgiveness and blood of Jesus can we escape this cycle, and it\’s eminant end.I feel your comments are more political, cultural, historical and natural, rather than spiritual. True spirituality goes beyond these things.Jason

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