Relentlessly Pursued, Unfailingly Loved

Minute after minute after minute. Hour after hour after hour. Day after day after day.

They pursue me, relentlessly.

You know who I mean: Satan. The world. My own sinful nature. Every hour, my powerful, untiring spiritual enemies hunt me.

“Fall,” they whisper. “You will fall.”

I get so tired of their voices playing over and over again in my head. In my heart.

But, Lord, I know that minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, you are with me. You are my God. And your love for me never quits.

The clock may tick. The minute hand slowly moves around the face of the clock. But each new minute, each new hour, brings more of your grace, more of your forgiveness, more of your love.

More of your strength.

I may be relentlessly pursued by powerful enemies, but I am also unfailingly loved by you, my Savior.

“But I trust in you, LordI say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.” (Psalm 31:14-16, NIV).

Our Bible reading for Sunday, March 8, is Leviticus 17:1 – 18:30, Mark 14:17-42 and Psalm 31:9-18.

Lord, when my soul is consumed with anguish, when I am in distress, renew my faith in you. My spiritual enemies — Satan, the world, my own sinful nature — pursue me relentlessly. Help me to know that each day is in your hands. Let me enjoy your smile today. Love me faithfully so that I can be convinced — day after day — that your love for me is unfailing.

Header image based on "Yuno's alarm clock? No, it's mine." by Toshiuki Imai, CC By-SA 2.0

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pastorjeffgunn

I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

One thought on “Relentlessly Pursued, Unfailingly Loved”

  1. Our Bible reading for Sunday, March 8, is Leviticus 17:1 – 18:30, Mark 14:17-42 and Psalm 31:9-18.

    “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NIV)

    But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭31‬ NIV)

    Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭38‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, you are amazing and truly creator of all I know, all I see, all I feel, all I love. Even with all your love I am scattered, separated from you in my sin. I pray for your love to help me through temptation. You have my spirit, it owned by you in my faith in Jesus. You have my flesh, it is owned be me sinful and arrogant. Be merciful to me Lord! Bless me and everyone I love with your grace. I put my trust in you, all of my faith and love. Save me from the sins I commit today and until you come again. Save me with the blood of my savior Jesus.

    Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. (‭Psalm‬ ‭31‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

    But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”

    Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. (‭Psalm‬ ‭31‬:‭14, 16‬ NIV)

    ~Paul Montenieri

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