Monday, October 22, 2012

Seeking




Seeking,

God has placed eternity in the heart of man.

God is always at work drawing mankind to Himself.

Billy Graham often mentions there is a hole in the human heart that only God's presence can fill.

This is why many people crowd their lives with activity, or things. The empty heart always seeks to be filled with something. We are created in such a way that His presence is the only source that can truly fill the void in our heart..

Below is a great passage...in context Paul is addressing the people of Athens about an idol to an unknown god...Paul goes on to describe the God who is knowable.

Acts17. 22-28
So Paul, standing before the Council, addressed them as follows: "Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious, for as I was walking along I saw your many altars. And one of them had this inscription on it 'To an Unknown God.' You have been worshiping him without knowing who he is, and now I wish to tell you about him.

"He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples, and human hands can't serve his needs for he has no needs.

He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is.

From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. "His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.

In context, God has set times, places, and boundaries around mankind so that all peoples might seek / feel their way toward Him and find Him.

Mike Bickle in his book Loving God stated, 'It takes God to know God'.

In reality God is the One who seeks after us. There is a Divine draw upon the human heart. The Father takes the initiative and seeks those who will worship Him.

John 4. 26 NIV
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

It's amazing. God takes the initiative and seeks out worshipers.  When we place our faith in what Jesus has done for us, we then become the acceptable worshipers the Father seeks.

Eph1. 3-8 NKJ
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing...in Christ, just as He chose us in Him...to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Therefore we can draw near to God with confidence. Heb 4.16

David understood the seek principle.

Psalms 27:7-8
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me. When You said, "Seek My face,

"my heart said to You,

"Your face, / your presence O LORD, I shall seek."

The principle: Seek and you will find...the word seek is stated as a contentious present tense. We are truly seeking when our hearts are poised toward God, open, seeking, set on knowing Him; set on being in His presence.

When our hearts are leaning toward God, wanting to know Him more, He hears, He then in turn makes Himself known to us...

Draw near to God, and He will Draw near to you, is a wonderful promise...The Book of James




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