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31
AUG
2008

Time To Seek The Lord


In the gospels, we're told to seek the Lord.  "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)  This could be interpreted in a couple of different ways.  We could say that if we sit down for two minutes, ask God for something, seek Him, and knock on a door, then we'll get whatever we ask for, find Him, and have that door opened.  All of this in two minutes.  Is this possible?  Sure it is.  God has no boundaries in which He must work in, but I'm confident that we don't always exactly understand this passage how it is fully intended.  When we're told that he who seeks will find, it's important to note that he who diligently seeks will find.

We must establish a daily seeking of the Lord.  He must always be at the front of everything we do.  I'm convinced that if there was a clock in Heaven, the big hand would be pointing to "time to seek the Lord," and it would not be moving anywhere.

It's not a business contract that you sign with God.  There's no document that says you'll get whatever you want if you spend X amount of time with Him every day.  Our most important goal should simply be to fall in love with Jesus.  Out of this flows everything else.  How can we do this if we only spend five minutes with Him a day, or if we only spend those five minutes reading about Him, not building a relationship with Him?  If we say that God is the most important thing to us in our lives, is spending five minutes a day with Him enough?  I'm going with no on this one.  For a parent, is five minutes a day (or a couple minutes once a week, or less) enough time to build a strong relationship with their child?  No.  It's a constant, ongoing relationship.

The closest understanding we have to what a relationship with God should look like is our worldly relationships.  Do you genuinely get to know someone by reading a book about them?  Or by spending a mere five minutes with them everyday (if that)?  No, relationships take loads of time and effort to make them strong.  There is an anointing you can only get in the secret place, alone with God.  Pray and listen.  The relationship goes both ways.  Scripture tells us of times when people thought they had a relationship with God, but He said to them that He didn't even know them!  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matthew 7:21-23)

It is important that we set goals on how we will seek God.  If you need to, break up the time throughout the day.  Pray and read for five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night.  Start somewhere and focus on being consistent.  If you'd like to commit to seeking the Lord for 28 days, I invite you to start today, right now.  Read one chapter of Matthew for the next 28 days and pray for five minutes.  Do something.  Pray that God will strengthen you and give you the desire to spend time with Him.  He can't make you do it.  It takes personal responsibility.  It's worth it, trust Him.




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27
AUG
2008

He's Searching For The ONE


Take a look at your church, your youth group, your fellowship or your small group.  God is among you in these places, and He's searching for one person.  Not hundreds, not the whole church, just one.  One person is all He needs.  Sure, hundreds of strong people can make an impact and God wants them all, but all He needs is one dedicated person.  One person that is available; one person saying, "Here am I, Lord.  Send me."  We often think that we need to get a thousand people together if God is going to answer our prayers.  Large numbers are good, but one prayer of faith will usually do it.

He's looking for the one person that burns for Him.  Not the person that burns for Him during church, or at a worship event with lights and loud music, or in a Bible study with other encouraging Christians around.  God is looking for the one person that burns for him when there are no bright lights; when there is no music; when there is no crowd.  He is looking for the one person that burns for Him when nobody else is around; the person that is on fire for Him when nobody else is watching.

He's looking for the one to stand up, to encourage, to ask to pray for others when no one else will.  He's looking for one person to be different and stand up for what's right; unafraid to walk out on a movie, unfazed when sharing their faith.  He's waiting for one person to ask Him, "God, what would you do if I prayed?  If I took my friends to church?  If I stepped out and shared my faith with others?  What would I see you do?  I've already seen you do great things, but what else can you do?"

All God needs is for one person to make themselves available.  Throughout the course of scripture, we follow the stories of many people.  Some for a short while, others for longer times, others just as a quick mention in a group (such as "the five thousand").  But we consistently see God using just one person to change the course of history; just one person to shake an entire nation.  This lifestyle was not reserved for Biblical times.  This is the life each of us are called to with Christ.  If the life you live can be accomplished by a non-Christian, without the power of God, then what makes you think that you need Him in the first place?  Live outside the realm of human possibility.  Love.  Go.  Make yourself available.  Don't just be a nice person, make disciples.  This is our calling.  Be the one.




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23
AUG
2008

A Spiritual Pulse


As Christians, we are called to a life of love and service. We are the hands and feet of Jesus on the Earth. We are here to do His work. His gospel is a gospel of action, love and power. We are called to live radical lives of being madly in love with Him, and giving Him what is His; our entire lives and everything in them. Our money and jobs, relationships, time and all other things He has provided for us are ultimately His. Not some things, but all things. Sometimes the things He wants most are the things you don't want to give up to Him; money, time, trust, comfort to name a few.

We're called to make disciples of all nations, but how quickly do we forget this call only to focus on climbing the career ladder, getting perfect grades, or even pouring time into friends and family in a non-purposeful way? How easy is it to become too comfortable with our daily routines and never be pushed beyond our boundaries, beyond what is possible? If we live our lives within the realm of human possibility, much of what Jesus has called us to do has already been discounted and written off. Could you even imagine what your town would look like if every Christian that regularly attended church there lived the life Jesus calls them to? "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8, NKJV) We've received plenty. How much have we given? Surely if we obeyed this call Christianity would be looked at as less hypocritical.

While stuck within the realm of possibility, how afraid are we of death in the flesh? If we truly believe in a resurrection and eternal life, why do we live our lives here on Earth as if it's the only one we have? We seldom take true risks for Him and constantly live in fear. It's all too easy to deny this fear by fooling ourselves into thinking that we have a great life, be it a good job, friends, family, or going to church every week and living the "Christian" life. Fear of the flesh is a devil. Denial and complacency can easily be fueled by fear. We have been spoon-fed too much and have become dull of hearing. We need to step out of our comfort zones.

Our bodies of the flesh have a pulse as blood is pumped through our veins. This blood is crucial for life, and it's generally safe to say that if your pulse is gone you're not far from dying, if there is any life left in you at all. Our spirits must also have a pulse when we are made new and begin to follow Jesus. But do we really have a pulse? If we have no life in our veins, or if the pulse is very weak, we must ask ourselves if we are truly in His grip in the first place. Are you any different than before you met Him? Are the old habits dying? If we give our lives to Jesus in the way He would want us to, our pulse would be racing on the Spirit's adrenaline every moment of our lives. You'd be able to feel it, and others could see your veins popping out from the pressure. Our God is not a sometimes God, or even a 99% God. We must live our lives for Him at all times. Ask yourself what it truly means to have life in your veins. I can assure you it is more than church on Sundays and an occasional read of scripture. If we are not outward focused and constantly sharing the gospel and love of God with those who need it most, we are not living the life He wants us to. Church is meant to be an equipping time. There's a reason that it only meets for an hour or two a week. It's meant to be empty. The church was meant to leave the building. This is the Great Commission. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19, NKJV) How difficult is it to make disciples of all nations when we are stuck in our daily routines and comfortable watching corrupt television during our "free" time (which is God's time in the first place)?

Don't fear what can kill the flesh. Fear what can slowly but surely eat away at your soul. Don't become complacent and satisfied with your 9-5 job and Sunday church meetings. Live life with an extreme sense of urgency. Look back on your life someday and regret things you did, not things you didn't do. Be on fire for God and live the life you are called to. Get excited when you worship. Get angry when you see things that just aren't right. Ask God to defibrillate your heart so your body can be full of life. Maybe someday we can all understand what it means to truly live every breath for Him.




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