July 2016

Seek: Matthew 7:7-8

Through His love, God confirms His call on your life. We’ve been talking about what it really means when God saves you and calls you to join Him in loving, serving and reaching others. What an incredible experience it is when God reveals Himself to you, and tells you that He wants you – YOU – to be a vital part of His kingdom purposes!

 

Henry Blackaby wrote,

“The heart that seeks Him, finds him; the life that asks Him, receives; the one who knocks, God opens a door (Matthew 7:7-11).”

The real question is, are you seeking Him? I mean, it’s easy to say that you are seeking God’s will, but, when He tells you, are you ready to act? Ponder on these thoughts for just a few minutes:

 

  • The heart that is earnestly seeking Him will spend time in God’s Word every day. When we do, the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God like a sword (Ephesians 6:17) to convict us of sin, to lead us into “all truth,” to teach us “all things,” to help us remember all that Christ has been saying to us, and to help us understand and apply God’s will to our lives. God’s Word is all we need. Remember, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

  • The person with a heart seeking after God will also spend time in prayer. And, I don’t mean the glancing blow of prayer, where we bounce one off the throne when we need something. But, spending lots of time conversing with God, listening to Him, being still and knowing that He is God. God has given the Holy Spirit the responsibility of guiding us into the will of God as we pray. (Romans 8:26-27) It’s true, the more we pray, the more our prayer turns to a time that is God-centered, and not me-centered. Then, we will be receptive to His word to us, and will be ready to do His will.

     

    God will use this time with Him to affirm His call on your life. He will also use family or friends, or members of the church family as well. Has this ever happened to you – someone shares a Scripture with you that is the very same Scripture God gave you just a little while before? Or this – someone calls to tell you that they are praying for you, at the moment when you felt the most alone or vulnerable?

     

    That’s not a coincidence; that’s God reaching into history to touch you in a real, personal, intimate way. To let you know He is there, and that He cares. A dear friend calls it “a kiss” from God. I can’t think of a more accurate description! There are no coincidences in the life that is wholly yielded to God. He is completely involved in the life of the one He calls to go with Him.

     

    So, expect His call, and embrace it! God wants to use you – YOU – in an incredible way today!

     

    In His love,

    Bro. Heath