In a world where we’re so used to quick fixes and instant turnouts, we have slowly incorporated this same attitude in our faith. We want the gift without waiting to seek the giver. We want the blessings, without being connected to the source. We want to find God, experience Him, but we’re not willing to seek. The Lord said In Jeremiah 28:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with All your heart.” The only way we can find God and know Him in His fullness is when we take the time out to seek Him. To seek for something means to desire, to work toward, with INTENT. We abandon quiet time in Gods presence, yet we complain about not being able to experience God. In order to Find God and experience Him we must seek for Him in his word. We must seek Him with patience, and most importantly with intentionality. Intentionality means you will do all you need to do to find God by giving your all fully. Its time, its commitment, its work and its only through His strength! Not by your own strength but by His spirit which quickens you. For those who feel distant from God, or just confused and deep down you want to find God, start by really seeking Him in His word. God has promised that if you do, you will find Him. Therefore, your search and desire is never in vain. God is already there, all he requires of us is a heart willing to SEEK.❤
When Jesus went to pray at the Mount of Olives before he was crucified, his disciples went with Him. Jesus understood the ramifications of bearing this cup of sin. The perfect, sinless Son of God was about to pay the price for the sin of ALL mankind. The fear and emotions that ran through his head showed his human side. However, when he prayed he said to God ; “If it is your will Lord, take this cup from me but not my will, but your will be done.” [Luke 22:40]. This shows the feelings that were going through His head. Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances and situations that bring us to a place of fear & uncertainty, but the key here is Jesus prayed “NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS.” I think it takes so much to trade in our will for Gods will at times, but this is what Jesus did. He submitted to the will of God and this is why we believers are who we are today; Free, not entangled with the yoke of bondage anymore because of the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. Therefore, Gods will may seem and feel trying, hard, long & difficult to endure but in the end, His will never disappoints. So even in the difficult time you may be experiencing right now, let your prayers be surrounded around His will over yours. Meaning: allow God have his way with you! The Bible says; “As for the Lord, his ways are perfect.” They may be inconvenient and uncomfortable but they are perfect!❤
This is so true in all its entirety. Sometimes we use the statement “i’m not perfect” to justify our sinful nature and actions we know God isn’t pleased with. Yes, we’re not perfect but thats the whole point of the race we run. To know Christ in His fullness, so we can emulate and reflect all that He is. The key is to know Him to the point where we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. It all begins and ends with the mind. Once our minds are transformed, everything else about us changes also. Character flaws deemed “normal” to the world like pride, anger, lustful thinking etc are changed. We cannot say we know & serve God but we still find ourselves making excuses for sins we know God detests. Remember, true evidence of the knowledge of God is not in how inspirational our Godly posts on social media are, or how “holy” we think we look, or how much scripture we’re able to memorize, but it is in the changes we see in ourselves. It is in the way we show & give love, the way we react, the kind of conversations that come out of us, the music we allow in and so forth. Its those little things we don’t make a big deal out of that reflect the knowledge of Him actually working change in us. If we seek to know more of Him, let us also seek to be changed in the process. Your prayer today: Lord, help me to know you and not just know of you, but give me a deep revelation of who you are, so that the more I know you, the more of you is reflected in every part of me. Amen💕
Every Nation Music – “WINGS”
I’ve been listening to this song for the past few weeks and it brings me back to the scripture that says: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.” Psalm 91:1. In our moments of weakness, we can certainly find strength by dwelling in the secret place. This secret place is in His presence, and in His word. We can only soar higher, out of a place of feeling low by making God our refuge. “I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2.
Because even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. [2 Timothy 2:13]. I’ve learned through my journey, that my faith is based on His grace and not my feelings. He’s the anchor that never lets go even when we do. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. [2 Corinthians 12:9].
The Bible calls us to unwavering faith, in knowing & believing that He who has promised is faithful. [Hebrews 10:23]. Faith is truly an important and actually the most vital part of our walk because without faith, it is impossible to please God. [Hebrews 11:6]. But what about the moments of hopelessness? What about the moments of unbelief? What about the moments of weakness? Does this mean we suddenly become unlovable? Does this mean we become unworthy? Definitely not! What this means is that we keep on going. Those feelings don’t and shouldn’t give you any reason to give up, even when you feel like it. Those feelings however, give us every reason to seek more of God, to remember who He is. They give us more reason to keep our eyes steadfast on Him, more reason to come to a place of knowing that the perfect author of your faith will never let you stumble.
In Isaiah 41:13 God says; “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” This promise really puts everything in perspective for me because it reminds me that my flesh does and will fail, but God is and remains the strenght of my heart and my portion forever. Flesh can also be seen as our feelings. Feeling sad, feeling defeated, feeling discouraged, it is all part of the works of your flesh, but we are not defined by that but by the one who has set us free through His death.
So today if you feel faithlessness and doubt stirring up inside of you, don’t condemn yourself but remind yourself that your flesh is weak, but your God is indeed stronger. Therefore, remember that you can hold on to Him for strength because He is the anchor that never stops holding on to you. It is not about your grip at times, but about the branch that holds you; the perfect author of your faith.✨
Song: You’re gonna be ok – Brian & Jenn Johnson
(Can’t wait for this album)
Needed this. No matter what you’re facing today, remember that as long as you have Jesus, you’ll get through it. He will never ever leave you…You’re gonna be ok! It’s an assured truth. Jesus say’s in his word “My covenant i will not break. Nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.” [PSALMS 89:34]. This is an assured word of comfort. It is more than believing. It’s kNOWING…you’re gonna be ok!
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I came across this video early this morning and i was so encouraged. This video may be old but the whole point of why this video really stood out to me will never grow old. As you can see, thousands of believers, who love Jesus found secret meeting places to express their love for Jesus due to the communist society they lived in. The lengths in which these people went just to worship and be in the presence of God is humbling and astonishing. They could be anywhere else but they chose to be in Gods presence.
Their desire and yearn for Jesus, even though if caught would cost them their lives is what makes me ask myself…Where has my hunger gone? Not that we don’t desire Christ daily, or we don’t love him deeply, but I think so many of us (myself included) have settled into this place of convenience and complacency with God because we have such quick and easy access to him. With online Bibles only being a click away, christian book stores only being a few minutes drive, or the luxury of having a physical Bible right in front of us in the comfort of our homes. We are so spoiled with having everything at our reach that we sometimes only make time for God when we feel like it, not because we desperately crave more of Him. These people sat and listened to a teaching for hours a day, and still felt it was not enough. Yet, we complain and get restless when Sunday service exceeds a minute after the two hour mark!
Even with no Bibles, no money, and no freedom to live out their faith boldly, these people met for hours and wanted more and more of Jesus. Again I ask….where has my hunger gone? Maybe because we have it all at the palm of our hands we fail to see the value in being free to live a bold life of faith. We take God for granted because we have access to Him without restraint. Online Bibles, open churches, christian materials, christian merch. The list goes on.
I love Jesus with every fibre in my being, but I think I too have allowed the convenience & complacency of our culture affect the way I live my life and live out my faith. May God help me daily to have a deep yearning for him. Despite the culture I live in, despite the luxury of having access to Him no matter the time of day. There is a great work God is doing right now, and all God desires is a people groaning and travailing for more of him. I don’t think I ever really grasped desire until now. Its one thing to want more of God, and its another to desire Him. When we desire God nothing gets in the way. If these people won’t let a government rule stop them from seeking God, what more those of us with the freedom to do so?
I pray we all know a quickening in our search and desire for more of him. I’m extremely encouraged and I hope you are too.💕
Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”