Day 355: Unrelenting (December 21)

As I ran on the treadmill, I began to stare out the window and I noticed something, one lone red leaf left on an otherwise sleeping bush.  All the other leaves have given up and fallen, but not this one.  This leaf has an unrelenting hold.  It made me think of a couple of different things.

Unrelenting….this word won’t leave me……here’s the definition.

Unrelenting: not yielding in strength, severity, or determination

God is unrelenting.  He holds firm while every other person lets go or gives up.  He alone is immovable.  He stands firm.  He is never changing.  Our God is an awesome God, but He is also unrelenting.  His love is unrelenting.

I have become more and more unrelenting.  I have a deep unrelenting drive within me.  God placed it there before I was born.  As a baby and child, the enemy did all he could to push that out of me, but all he really did was stoke a natural fire that God had placed within me.  What He placed within me, the enemy was unable to destroy.  God can turn all things to His good.  He turned all the attacks into a training ground for my heart.  As a result, I have learned to be relentlessly unrelenting.  I am unrelenting in my pursuit of God.  I am unrelenting in my love for family and friends.  I am unrelenting in my desire to have wisdom and understanding so I can love others better.  I am unrelenting in worship.

I believe that as any of us takes time to soak in the Father’s love, and to learn who He created us to be, we naturally become unrelenting.

The wishy-washy religious types are those who have not developed the root system in the secret place.  Christianity has very little to do with what others can see, it has more to do with what is inside of you.  The One Who Sees, is always searching the earth for hearts that are turned toward Him.  Those who seek Him when nobody else is looking.  The ones who serve when nobody else knows they are doing it. He is looking for those unrelenting followers who will lay down their lives and follow Him.

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.  2 Chronicles 16:9a

Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it, for what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?  Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?  Matthew 16: 24-26

And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  Luke 9:23