Quest for GodÃ¢â‚¬Â consists of a collection of Bible study outlines from Peace House Discipleship work. It has one hundred and fifty-eight pages with twenty-one chapters, divided into three sections.
Section one titled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Knowing GodÃ¢â‚¬Â is made up of the first four chapters. Section two which is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Possessing GodÃ¢â‚¬Â consists of five chapters while section three is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Communing with GodÃ¢â‚¬Â. It has twelve chapters.
The cover page shows a picture of a deer drinking from a flowing stream. The deer is an animal that is known for panting after water when it is thirsty. The significance of this picture is reflected in Ps.42:1, which says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the deer pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, O GodÃ¢â‚¬Â. Just like the deer, our hearts must pant and long for God. God must be our longing and pursuit in life until we touch and experience Him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Quest for GodÃ¢â‚¬Â sets out to showcase the eternal profit of making God the ultimate search and goal of man. It has copious examples of saints of old whose singular quest was God, in order to forcefully drive home a timeless message. Its goal, according to the author, Ã¢â‚¬Å“is to bring you into a walk with God in a progressive wayÃ¢â‚¬Â.
In section one, the author’s conception of knowing God is to have a deep and intimate relationship with God. It is not a once and for all experience, but a progressive one. The author notes that knowing God is a necessity for anyone who is to become anything tangible in God’s hands and in His service. In fact, it is the only way to excel in life and ministry, but it must begin with a man encountering God. Therefore God must become our priority and pursuit.
According to the author, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the worth of knowing God is unquantifiableÃ¢â‚¬Â. For instance, Paul who knew this declared in Phil. 3:8, Ã¢â‚¬Å“indeed, l count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake, l have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that l may gain Christ.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Drawing from the lives of Paul and a host of others, he concludes this section with a call to give up all things that are gain to us so that we can come to him with hands emptied of all things, and hearts emptied of every affection in order to be free to pursue Him.
Section two opens with a firm and positive declaration that God, the Almighty, can be possessed and indeed He has offered Himself to us as a portion of our inheritance. God is the only eternally sensible ‘substance’ and treasure to be possessed.
Drawing from the lives of Abraham (Gen. 14:5-24; 15:1-6), the Levites (Num. 18:20; Deut. 10:8-9, 18:1-2), Joseph (Gen.39: 1-6,20-23; 41:38-43) and a host of others, the author poses soul-searching questions: Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is it that would hinder you from paying the price of possessing the possessor of heaven and earth?Ã¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What do you pant after?Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is your pursuit in life?Ã¢â‚¬Â. He emphasizes that though God will bless us with both spiritual and physical things, they must not be our pursuit. God, the Giver of all these things, must be our pursuit, for he who possesses God invariably becomes the possessor of the Possessor of all things.
The last section of the book describes the zenith of the soul’s rest in the presence of its Maker. The author describes the place of communion with God as the place where the word of the Lord is opened before the human eyes and the burden of God’s heart placed on our hearts, making us effective intercessors for our generation. Major subtle ingredients of effective communing with God are discussed (thanksgiving, forgiveness, selflessness, and compassionate heart). He stressed that the secret of effective praying is praying in the secret.
According to the author, prayer is not an occasional activity but a duty and an office, which must be occupied until God’s purpose on earth is fulfilled. Therefore, prayer must not be done in the energy of the flesh but through the help of the Holy Spirit.
The entire book is a self teaching, interactive and self assessment instrument. Each chapter of the book ends with a set of personal assessment questions, which compels one to meditate and reflect on his or her standing. The sections are arranged in a progressive order to build understanding from its basics until there is an adequate unveiling of the mind to the issues being discussed.
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