Friday, January 23, 2015

Don't Seek To Be "King" - Seek To Be His Servant!

At my Bible study today, I was inspired to continue to pursue God and I would love to share this inspiration with you!

Question: How do you prepare your heart to seek God?

We were asked this question because of this scripture in 2 Chronicles 12:14: “And he, (Rehoboam, King of Judah), did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD.”

Preparation is important in life. But did you know that it is crucial that we prepare our hearts to seek God?

I think you will be blessed by the three bullet points our Bible teacher, Cheryl Brodersen, shared with us today! 

How can we prepare our hearts to seek God?

1) RESOLVE – We must resolve in our hearts to seek the LORD.

RESOLVE means to have a firm determination to do something.  If we do not resolve to seek God in 2015, for example, by reading God’s Word every day, other “good” and “important” things will compete for our attention and we will succumb to being busy and justify why we have not sought the LORD by being in His Word.

“Being busy doesn’t always mean we’re being productive. What is God calling you to in this season? What is God asking you to give up in this season?” Daily Audio Bible Women

We need to determine to plant ourselves in the LORD.

2) DEDICATION – We must dedicate ourselves to God!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

In other words, we should use our bodies, whatever little or much strength we have, to serve and obey God! EVERYTHING we have and EVERYTHING we are - belongs to Him!

One of the statements our Bible teacher shared with us today was the fact that God always referred to King David not as "King" but as “My servant”. Many of the kings of Israel tried to be Kings – that was their main objective - but David, concerned himself with being a servant of God! David's heart pleased God like no other and as a result God placed a blessing upon his kingship like no other!

Let’s try not to waste any more time, let's dedicate ourselves to be servants of God not only because life is fragile, but because He is worthy!

3) DILIGENCE – We need to strengthen our resolve and dedication!

“It will always take effort to grow in our faith!”

“Never say you have gone far enough in your knowledge of God.”

“We must be diligent in prayer and diligent in fellowship.”

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as it is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24

“We need to know that we are not the only one who is going through a rough time. Gathering as a body of believers reminds us that many are going through rough times too and sometimes even tougher times than us!”

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“When we pray to God, we are not just telling God what we desire for Him to do for us, instead we are surrendering our will to His will.”

The month of January is almost over. How is your New Year's Resolutions doing so far? I hope that the year 2015 will be a year for us to Resolve, Dedicate and seek God with all Diligence!

"But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:5-8

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