Knowing God

This last weekend at JBC Pastor Mike preached on a very important topic, fellowship with God. The Apostle Paul declared in the book of Philippians that he “counted everything in life to be garbage compared to the value of knowing Jesus”.

The command to seek the Lord is given in the Bible over 50 times and there are over 20 blessings and rewards mentioned that God gives to those who do seek Him. To seek Him means to seek a growing relationship with Him, a growing intimacy with Him, a growing awareness of His presence in our lives. I decided that I wanted to marry Patty before she barely knew who I was, and once I decided she was the one, I began to pursue her, and seek a relationship with her. I must have done a pretty good job because she married me 51 years ago.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

1 Chronicles 16:10-11 Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.

1 Chronicles 28:9-10 the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

2 Chronicles 12:14 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.

Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalms 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”

Psalms 34:10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.

Psalms 63:1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalms 119:2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.

Seeking God is an every day discipline. It is easy to get so entangled in everyday life that we forget about our relationship with God and how it is doing. Like any relationship if we neglect seeking Him we will drift apart.

We seek the a lord by reading His Word. We seek the a lord by spending time with Him in prayer. We seek the Lord by gathering together with others to worship Him.

A principle that drives me to seek Him diligently everyday is “the closer we are to Him here in this life the closer we will be to Him in the next life for all eternity. This life is a test to see who it is who will make Him first in their life, and He will reward them by making them first in His life for all eternity.

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