Posted by my best friend and sister in Christ ~Pat (Giventhanks Ministry) on June 23, 2014.
NOW set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God. I Chronicles 22:19. This is just the first part of the verse and I have emphasized the word now by typing it in capitals because I believe that this is a word for all of us. If you are a Christian, now more than ever is a time that we should be seeking the Lord with everything within us. God has things that He wants to do IN us and THROUGH us. He wants to speak to us and give us direction but we need to be in a place where we are listening and can hear what He is saying. If we are distracted and not giving Him preeminence (first place) in our lives, we might miss what He is trying to say to us. If you are not a Christian, the Bible promises that if you seek Him, you WILL find Him! When you find Him, you will find what He has provided for you (love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, peace, joy, and every other great thing!). This short part of a verse could provide so many sermons but I pray that this short word will minister to you today and create a desire in you to set your heart and soul to seek the Lord.
Matthew 6:33 seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.
Psalm 99:3 Let them praise your great and awesome name— He is holy.
Isaiah 53:1-5 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
What the Lord has done for me.
He waited on me, hoping that I would find my way to Him and not be one of the lost.
He smiled when I opened my heart to Him in July 2006.
He has watched me become closer to Him; He has watched me learn more and more of His word each day.
He watches me as I stumble but keep going, learning more each day on how to become what He wants me to be.
He continues to show me His mercy, grace, forgiveness and love each and every day.
How could I ask for more!
1 Peter 1:8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.
Psalm 66:19-20 But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His loving kindness from me.
Our feet, they take us many places. We walk in stores, climb mountains, walk on the beaches or in the woods with them. They support us wherever we go, whether its rough foundation beneath our feet or soft. Why not let your feet guide you toward the Lord, maybe bringing you away from the darkness to the light.
Ephesians 5:8 For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
I thoroughly believe if you give the devil an inch he will take a mile. It just takes a minute of us dropping the armor of God for the devil to learn how to get to us and how he can take advantage of our weakness.
When you have given the devil the inch he needed and he took advantage of it and will continue to take advantage, unless you put a stop to it.
Its when we stand on the Rock (Jesus), staying strong in our faith that we can fight against anything he tries to throw at us.
I know in my dreams the last couple of nights I have been battling things not only for me but for many I know and last night apparently the Lord showed my sister in Christ, best friend and roommate one of those battles. She said she heard me in the living room, this was in the early AM; I yelled GET OUT! It scared her to the point of shaking. I believe it was something that followed me home, the devil, thinking he could get an inch in our home. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN! He didn’t get his way! By the way I was sound asleep, deep sleep, not in the living room.
I refuse to let the devil get his way in my life and I will fight for myself and others and I refuse to let him get a mile, a foot or an inch in this home, in our life!
Jesus is the Rock on which I stand and devil you will not have your way, not in this house, not in Pats life, nor mine. We worship only one and that is our God, the great “I Am”, the Maker of everything, the One who gives life, the One who shows us mercy, grace, forgiveness and love beyond anything we deserve and JESUS is and will always be the only SAVIOR!
So get behind us devil! We have the armor of God upon us and we will not let, not in the least bit, a piece of it fall, much less be lowered.
Titus 3: 4-8 But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives and there’s more life to come – an eternity of life! You can count on this.
Thank you Lord for transforming me and others into what you want, not what we want!
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.