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  • J. Randal Matheny 8:26 pm on 2017-02-21 Permalink | Reply
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    VOTD: Psalm 119.2 

    “How blessed are those who observe [God’s] rules, and seek him with all their heart” (NET).

    Psalm 119 begins with two blessings. This is the second of the two. It pairs obedience to God’s commands and a full-hearted seeking of God. What few consider a blessing today is actually even more so in the new covenant of Christ. If it was a blessing under the old law, how much more so is it a blessing today.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:11 am on 2015-12-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Not like a husband looking for his socks 

    The seeking of Mt 6.33, of God’s kingdom and righteousness, is no half-hearted search, like a husband looking unsuccessfully for his socks only to appeal quickly to his wife for help. It engages the entire being, to “pursue” (NET) or “strive” (NRSV), exactly as love for God should be with the whole mind, heart, soul, and strength. Less than this is not an effort worthy of God.

    Warming a pew for a few minutes on a Sunday morning (or even three times a week) is not the equivalent to this seeking, either. Ritualistic believers who think these minimal requirements will get them under the wire will be spewed out from the Lord’s mouth come judgment day.

    Let no one deceive himself. Make no mistake about it.

    The Lord Jesus wants disciples of his, followers in his footsteps to carry the cross, not adherents to a religion, nor believers in rote and ritual. The distinction is well made by use of the word “seek.”

     
  • John Henson 12:15 pm on 2012-03-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Ask, Seek, Knock 

    Text: Matthew 7:7ff

    Introduction:

    1. We generally learn how to ask our parents for things early.

    2. Asking God requires much the same characteristics, but also MORE.

    I. The Idea Defined

    1. Ask: Present tense imperative

    a. Ordinary reference to prayer, but the meaning includes continuous action.

    b. It means we should begin asking NOW, not wait until an emergency.

    2. Seek:

    a. Colossians 3:1ff Also in the present tense, “Keep on seeking.”

    b. Imperative.

    3. Knock

    a. (Wuest) Two words for “knock” in the N.T. This one refers to a polite, continuous knocking. Not pounding.

    b. The idea of perseverance in prayer.

    II. The Idea Exemplified

    1. Matthew 15:21-28 The Canaanite woman

    2. Luke 18:1-8 The widow

    III. The Idea Applied

    1. BE PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE. Start NOW!

    2. BE CONFIDENT. Hebrews 13:6

    3. BE WILLING to humble yourself. James 4:6-10

    4. KEEP ON PRAYING!

    IV. Haven’t Prayed?

    1. Not a Christian? Become one.

    2. Haven’t been faithful? Come home!

     
  • TFRStaff 5:41 am on 2011-11-02 Permalink | Reply
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    The God we seek 

    by Bill Denton

    Patrick Morley wrote, "The turning point of our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is." The simplicity of the statement belies the depth of truth contained in the words.

    Isn’t this a succinct way of stating one of man’s great problems with God? Isn’t it the common experience of human existence, regardless of the age or the society, that humans seem determined to create a God of their own liking (or perhaps even of their own disgust), rather than accepting the God who is? Evidence of this is seen in the fact that those with different beliefs often resort to claiming that the opposition is simply spouting their own opinions, but not truth.

    As much as we might hate to admit it, knowing the God who is may not be the simplest task in which we might engage ourselves. Not that God is determined to keep himself secret, for God has always revealed himself. But, God is known by those who seek him. Non-seekers do not know God, and those who seek must continue to do so. Concepts, ideas and beliefs must be constantly tested, compared to God’s revelation, and perhaps revised or even changed altogether. That very prospect frightens us, for we want to think that we have God already figured out. We don’t want to have to keep struggling.

    The problem is that once we stop the seeking, it is likely we will have opted for the God we "want" instead of the God who "is." Make sure that the God you know is the real one. What a poor God it would be if He were simply created in our image instead of the other way around.

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    For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.’ Isaiah 45:4-7

    "Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day" by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

     
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