What Are You Looking For?

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God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God [Psalm 53:2]

What are people looking for? Let’s be honest we are looking for lots of things. Material things. Self-confidence things. Adventurous things. Spiritual things. Emotional things. Career things. Health things. Lifestyle things. The meaning of life?

What are people not looking for? In reality, most people are not searching for God, not even in the hunt for answers to spiritual matters. This is usually more about living a life that matters, being right with people and not holding grudges.

The best place to live the fulfilled kind of life is from a place where God is at the centre of every matter in our life. Living such a life is the life God designed us to live and He is on the look out for such people.

What are you looking for? LOOK FOR GOD. When we do so with an open heart, a willingness to discover Him, then we will find Him and we will realise that God has had His eye on us all the time.

He loves you. He is for you. He has given everything for you. He wants you to know Him. He wants to be involved in every aspect of your life. He is good. He is faithful. He is with you.

This week, let’s take time each day to focus on one of these incredible truths about God, thanking Him for being this and inviting Him in to all the different things going on in our life.

3 Life Changing Actions for Every Christian

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Psalm 24:1-6]

As I read these verses, I reflect on what they say to me, how they influence my walk and my relationship with God. 3 simple but life-changing thoughts come to mind…

To recognise God as the Creator and Founder of ALL things. Are we not guilty on occasion of thinking we are the creator and founder of all things? Don’t we often prescribe to God solutions to the problems? Maybe we question His methods? Instead, we should acknowledge His greatness. To declare with confidence that the earth is the Lord’s, not ours, that He has founded and established its order, not us. We are not God, He is. Isn’t that one of those key life questions everyone has to answer? Do I believe in God or not? Is He the one true God or not? Will I surrender every part of my life to Him?

To keep myself in right relationship with God. I’m glad for the grace of God that made a way for us to enter into relationship with God, through the work of Jesus on the cross. I’ve accepted my need for the forgiveness that comes through receiving Jesus as my Saviour and can now enter into His presence 24/7 but I am mindful that it’s not a licence to live however I like. Why would I want to disrespect all that Jesus has done? Why would I not want to keep my life right with God, according to His word? Clean hands and pure hearts is what the Psalmist wrote, which for me is about doing my best to not allow ‘stuff’ to lead, influence, or have first place in my life, causing me to drift from God.

To be continually seeking God. Let’s be that kind of generation. Why? It says we are blessed and who doesn’t want to be blessed, especially blessing that comes from God. Our pace of life is not always conducive for spending time with God, yet in surveys amongst Christians it’s often the number one thing we want more of. Seeking is a deliberate action. We have to decide to make time, create space, or place it is a non-negotiable in our lives. It’s not as difficult as we think. Why not decide to be in Church every Sunday? Why not set the alarm 10 minutes earlier and start a Bible reading plan? Why not take time on an evening to journal your prayers and get a few moments with God?

Pastor Bill Hybels calls it ‘chair time’. Just 15 minutes or so of deliberately sitting alone with God. No distractions. Reading the Word. Praying. Listening to what God is saying. Let me encourage you….it is possible. This is not about religion but about developing a relationship. The hardest part is deciding that you will do this but it might just change your life forever. What have you got to lose?

Q: As a Christian, how do you do at this? What do you do to keep your walk with God strong and healthy?

4 Questions About My Heart

You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress [Psalm 17:3] 

On reading this verse 4 questions quickly come to my mind…

What would God find?

Would I be happy with what He found?

Why do I keep allowing things in my heart that just don’t help me?

What can I do to change that?

Don’t get me wrong, my heart is not full of bitterness or anger but it may not in the state that it should be. I love God. I am determined to seek His kingdom first. Yet other stuff doesn’t just creep into my heart, on occasion I leave my heart unguarded and let that stuff walk right in. 

Perhaps the best way to describe how my heart may look if God were to ‘test it’ is ‘confused’. Healthy, but not always at full strength. 

I’m just trying to be honest. Some days my heart is full of God, other days, less so. I know that God still loves me yet I can be disappointed with how my heart expresses that. 

It’s not simply enough to just point to being human. The flesh does scream for stuff but it doesn’t mean I should give it the satisfaction of being fulfilled. 

What can I do? Call upon God. Seek Him first. Ask for forgiveness. Be led by the spirit. Have an ear for what God is saying to me and have the courage to follow through. Purpose that I will not transgress. Recognise that it’s only with Gods help that I will ever have the victory in this area of my life and have a heart ‘filled with the fullness of God’.