Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Are we prepared to seek?


"And he did evil because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD"
(2 Chronicles 12:14)
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Are we preparing our hearts? Do we truly have a desire to seek the Lord?

Are we hungering after the deeper things of Christ in a way that propels us to make our hearts ready?  Are we actively seeking to go higher in our knowledge of Him?

In today's busy whirlwind of life, we find ourselves seeking after many things. Things that occupy our time and our money. Things that occupy our thoughts. Things of the world that keep us focused in the wrong direction. There is too much 'stuff' vying for our attention.

We have too many toys. Too many gadgets. Too many activities. Too many choices. Too many. Too much.

Therefore our minds are flooded with earthly pleasures and worldly thoughts and we haven't left any room for Jesus. We've left no space in our minds or lives for our Lord to reside. We've made no preparation in our hearts to truly seek after Him. Just as there was no room in the inn for our precious Lord, there is no room in our busy lives.

We have left out the most important person. The One who should be first and foremost in our thoughts and actions. So, how do we rectify this? How do we begin to prepare our hearts to seek after Him?

1. Fall out of bed and fall on your face. Begin each day at the feet of Jesus. Cry out, pour out and receive a blessing! Prayer is the key to intense communication with God.

2. Get in His Word first thing every morning. After you have met with Him in prayer, meet with Him in the Word. Inhale the scriptures deeply and let Him speak.

3. Memorize His Word. Even if you only learn one memory verse a month, it will be one of the greatest blessings you will receive. Hide God's precious Word deep in your heart.

4. Commune with Him all through the day. Small prayers of praise. Little talks with Him. Keep your eyes and ears tuned to Him and you will be surprised what He will reveal to you. Maintain an attitude of prayer at all times.

Oh friends, if we are to keep ourselves from doing evil, we have to make preparation ahead of time. We have to be fully determined and purposed in our walk. We have to keep ourselves armed with the Word through prayer and study.

We must be actively seeking the abundant and effective Spirit filled life that Christ
desires for us.

Prepare our hearts! Seek after Him. Make room for Him in the inn of our lives.
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I am so blessed to be joining the group here at Titus 2 In Action. I am looking forward to being part of a team whose purpose is to encourage one another and spur others on in their journey to go higher with God.

I chose 'Seeking Higher' as the name for my column, because that is my hearts desire for my own life. I am seeking to know Him deeper and striving to go to a higher place with my Savior. I pray that God will use what I write to minister to hearts and encourage spirits.

I count it a privilege to be a servant of Christ. May all I do and say always bring glory to Him.

Seeking Higher,
Beth

10 comments:

Terry said...

Very good suggestions. I like to listen to the Bible on the computer as I prepare my breakfast in the morning. Then, I pray as I drive to work. (It's not distracting since I'm on the road at 6 a.m.). However we do it, it's good to seek the Lord early in the morning (and throughout the day).

Nana Jul said...

Seeking Him will be the adventure of a life time! That's what I have found. Inhaling his word, watching it come alive and active in my life, has kept me seeking more of Him! Scripture memory is new to me, I just started last year...and it has to be one of the most powerful tools He has given us! Renewing our minds with His word! Thank you Beth for the challenge to dig in deeper!
love,
Julie

TRUTH SHARER said...

Seeking His face every day is the JOY that takes me through the journey of this life on earth! I long for the day when I will [after seeking Him here] see Him face to FACE in all His glory!

Thanks for the reminder and the challenge, Beth.
Love you......

Stephanie

mholgate said...

Beth, I'm so excited for another opportunity to read your inspiring thoughts! May God continue to bless your words as you share them with others here.
-Melissa

Wanda said...

Awesome word of conviction and correction Beth. Seeking Him first must be out top priority. We have to fight to ensure He stays in first place.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, This is such an important message for all of us and one the devil doesn't want us to heed.
Thank you my faithful sister for reminding us today.
Hugs, Noreen

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

Beth,

This is an excellent post! I love that scripture verse, too! Too many times Christians seem surprised when they fall into the same pattern of sin, over and over. It's good to know there is an answer for them! Seek God often - all day long.

Looking forward to all of your future posts! I'm so excited you are on board with us here at T2!

Warren Baldwin said...

Welcome to T2. Excellent first post! Glad to have you with us. wb

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

Beth:

Welcome to T2! Great post! Seeking Him satisfies....alone! :)

2 Chron. 3:18-20
“May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God—the LORD, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” 20 And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people."

I was just studying the kings during Isaiah's life and loved these verses on seeking Him! I was sharing them with my cherubs.

God is so good to always confirm His Word and message for our hearts! Today - he used you. Thank you!

Warmly,
Sharon

Heather said...

Welcome Beth!

What a fabulous post!

I pray fervently, daily, all day long! However, daily time in the Word is necessary. As I seek Him and crave His Word more and more, it is apparent how more of Him will fully satiate my spirit...when I still thirst, I know there is more :)

Great reminder to be constantly seeking after Him.

Hugs to you,
Heather