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Keep Seeking God

I have written on this topic before. To seek the Lord with all that I am. I keep going back to it for myself…SEEK…to seek Him in ALL things. I struggle to keep my eyes on Him,. When life is going smooth, do I need to still seek Him? I can handle life right now, it’s all good…or so I think…can you relate?

I seek His comfort and strength when I am weary and emotionally drained.

Do I seek Him when I am so full of praise and joy because I have remembered that He is an Awesome God? I searched my heart and I cannot say that i always do that.

To seek Him means to build a relationship with Him, to want to be with Him. If I seek Him often, longing to get to know Him, then when I am feeling low, or want something, He will listen. Not that I will get all that I ask for, or in the way that I would want. That is Not the main reason to seek Him. I believe it is vital to seek the Lord in my walk, in our walk with Him because we want to know Him, and we want to grow closer to Him and serve Him. Why do I say that…why should we seek Him? What is the benefit? Here are but a few…

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV) “You (meaning God, our heavenly Father) will show me (you and I) the path of life, (life through the death and resurrection of JESUS) in Your presence (At His feet, in His Throne Room, in the middle of you busy life—you focus on Him!) is fullness of joy (Overflowing, cannot hold anymore); at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (words) added by me.

Wow, who would not want direction to the path of life and fullness of joy! I know I would! The path to life through Jesus. The path away from death and sin! Joy, not just a fleeting moment of happiness, but fullness of Joy in His Presence. Time seeking God and spending time in His Presence is pure, overflowing JOY! Praise His Holy Name!

“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)

God is good to us as we wait and seek Him. To the soul who seeks Him. Our very core of our person, that chooses to seek God. We should be careful not to seek Him only to get what we want or to have Him be like a genie in a bottle to do our bidding. It is in our best interest to seek God to get to know Him, to receive wise counsel and direction from Him, to want to spend time with Him.

King David pleads with God in Psalm 27:7-9 (NKJV),

“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me and answer me.                                   When you said, “Seek My face.”  My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD I will seek.”                                            Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger;                                                   You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my Salvation.”

“I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NKJV)

When we cry out to God as we seek His face, He will hear us. Let that sink in! The God of all Creation hears you! He hears you and He gives an answer!

There have been times in my life where I have felt that no one was hearing what I was saying. Maybe they politely listened, but they did not hear what my heart was saying. God hears what our heart, our deepest inner place, is saying in the way a father would. A perfect Father who is God! How comforting.

God goes beyond hearing us…He will have mercy upon us and answer us. He will never leave us or forsake us. Although life will not instantly become perfect, we will have God with us.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8a (NKJV)

When we seek God, we draw near to Him. We come into His presence to ask Him what His plan is for us. What He thinks of our situation. What His wise counsel and direction is for each moment. He is with us, willing to guide and instruct. Willing to give us Salvation, new life, His peace and strength and many other good things, IF we SEEK Him to genuinely want to know Him more.

May you be richly blessed by God as you seek Him.

Developing a Friendship with GOD

WE have the FREEDOM to fly safely to & from the PALM of HIS HAND

WE have the FREEDOM to fly safely to & from the PALM of HIS HAND

Welcome to this glorious day!  It is a beautiful Spring day in New England…a little overcast but I will take it.

Today’s topic continues on our friendship with GOD.  The main point to think about is that we are as close to GOD as we choose to be.  I never really gave that much thought until now, yet it makes perfect sense.  

We must work at developing friendships and any relationship that thrives needs:

  • DESIRE…a yearning to get to know that person, to nourish and enable the relationship to grow.  We MUST desire friendship with GOD above all else. We MUST intentionally seek it.
  • TIME…by spending time together.  We MUST establish habits & skills to make the most of our time with GOD, however…it MUST be out of LOVE ad NOT DUTY.
  • ENERGY…having a proactive status in the relationship, moving forward to reach out and communicate with that person OFTEN, using energy to spend with that person, having one on one time as well as thinking about them throughout the day.

God wants us to TELL everything to HIM, to be HONEST with HIM. HE KNOWS what we are thinking and what we have done…many times by saying what we are feeling helps us heal & grow.  Jesus is the “friend of sinners”  He chose us long before we chose Him.

God wants us to TRUST everything to HIM.  There are sad and bad times in life and I agree that it really stinks!  Rick Warren says that “Bitterness is the greatest barrier to friendship with GOD.”  When things don’t turn out the way WE planned, we have a pity party. Sometimes people stay in the pity party for a lifetime…missing out on all GOD has for them.  Instead of allowing the trials to shape them into what GOD has uniquely PLANNED for them …they become BITTER.

GOD wants us to CHOOSE to obey HIM in FAITH.  JESUS says in John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command you,”  We obey because we love HIM and know HE has our best interest at heart. When we obey, the Bible  says, “YES, Your JOY will overflow!” John 15:11

GOD wants us to value what HE values…like with any relationship.  It is important to care about what is important to our friends.

And I think HE wants us to have FUN with HIM!  Like the times with my earthly Dad…we would just spend time together and laugh.

I can remember when I first met my husband, Michael…we would spend hours together just talking and laughing.  I do admit it was easier in the beginning when everything was new, however the relationship still has magic BECAUSE we DESIRE to spend TIME and ENERGY in keeping it a PRIORITY!

That is all GOD wants.  He wants us to want HIM.  To DESIRE to spend TIME and ENERGY on HIM! We are as close to HIM as we choose to be.  We don’t need to be perfect.  All it takes is desire, time and energy.

DAY TWELVE: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE  (Taken directly from the “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren, page 99)

“TODAY’S FOCUS:  Developing Your Friendship with GOD

POINT TO PONDER:  I’m as close to GOD as I choose to be.

BIBLE VERSE:  ”Draw close to GOD and HE will draw close to you.”  James 4:8a (NLT)

QUESTION TO PONDER:  What practical choices WILL I MAKE TODAY in order to grow closer to GOD?”

LORD, I pray for a desire to want to know you more—more intimately, more passionately, to be more joyfully seeking YOU.  To be FULLY ENGAGED in YOU,  I CHOOSE to be closer to You.  Teach me YOUR WAYS.  Amen

Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 92-99

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