Do a Heart Check

 
Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the Lord Your God and you will find Him if you search (seek) for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deut. 4:29 NASB)
This verse contains a promise by God to His people who will be living in a land whose government and citizens are in opposition to those who express belief in God (are we there yet?)
No matter where we find ourselves; no matter our circumstances – physically, financially, or spiritually, God knew you would be here, and He asks that we seek Him to find our purpose in His kingdom work.
 
God Loves You
Read 1 John 4:10-11, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4
Consider: God’s love for you.
God is the first seeker. We can only seek because He first sought us.
Why do I seek God? For His blessings? For His favor? For His will? For His “stuff”….or for HIMSELF? Which is the blessing, favor, will…God Himself.
Matthew 6 – interesting that “seek first the kingdom of God” is in a chapter where Christ is warning religious people NOT to be fakes…not to do things for show…including pray. And warning us to stop seeking God in our own ways and strength and to SIMPLY, HUMBLY seek God HIMSELF(which is only possible thanks to Christ).
Matthew 13 and the parable of the hidden treasure and pearl came to my mind also…the man was seeking the Kingdom…but/and when he found it, sacrificed to buy it. Seeking & finding God (as we are promised Jeremiah 23:19, and Deuteronomy 4:29) requires a response…the appropriate response is surrender and sacrifice.
 
Take some time this week to follow God’s advice.
First: Put everything else aside some time each day and seek God’s presence.
Notice God’s promise to us in this verse.
 
Second: There are some provisions God asks of us to find Him.
Notice the “if”.
Are our hearts, the very seat of our love and desires, truly set on finding Him?
Consider Psalm 119:111 Do the testimonies we find in God’s word bring “Joy” to our hearts?
Read Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure (undivided) in heart, for they shall see (perceive/experience) God (God’s presence)
Consider Psalm 119: 112 Is it my heart’s desire to be obedient to God’s rules in all I do?
Consider Psalm 119: 136 Does my heart break over the lost and needful people of the community, causing me to shed tears?
Consider Psalm 119: 10 Am I willing to commit my “whole heart” to having God’s presence in my life and in the life of Tabernacle?
 
Third: Consider the desire of your soul.
Read Matthew 22:37 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
What are we willing to surrender and sacrifice to have God’s presence in our daily lives, and in the future of Tabernacle?
 
I am reminded of the merchant Jesus speaks of in Matthew 13:45-46 who is “seeking” a fine pearl. When He found it he went and sold everything else that he had to purchase that treasure of a pearl.
 
Pray that every member of Tabernacle knows the “joy” of finding the treasure of having the Lord’s presence in their daily walk.
 
Read that passage: Am I willing to be totally sold-out God and His kingdom?

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