HIS MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING - Good Morning...
Seeking His will for our lives must be done on an individual basis because even though we are professing salvation, even though we each call Jesus Lord, not everyone who says to Him Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who truly do the perfect will of the Father. We seek from Him. We seek a way from Him. We even seek a way out from him. We seek FROM Him, but God says seek-ye-My-FACE, - seek Me. We must desire to commune face to face with Him. When we say we desire to commune with Him face to face, do we really mean it? Do we honestly turn, feel our way, reach after Him, do our first works again, retracing our steps?
Proverbs 1:28 talks of those who have not done their first works again. They shall call upon me but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me. But Jeremiah 29:10-14 shows the other side of when God’s people have suffered, when they have sacrificed, when they have obeyed.
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD:
I’ve said this before that in order to feel after Him we must position ourselves in His proximity. We have to be in that spiritual realm where He is at. A fasting realm. A praying realm. A consecrated realm. A dedicated realm. A sanctification realm. A HOLINESS realm. A steadfast realm. A straightway and narrow realm. A tight but it’s right realm. A 99 ½ just won’t do realm. A Christ-like realm. A hot realm. We can’t be mediocre and seek Him or be lukewarm and seek Him. We can’t have the mind of “it don’t take all that” and seek Him or half step and seek Him. We can’t leave God, do it our own way, and yet be seeking Him.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven… God has given us conditions!. But in seeking His will, how can we know what God’s will is? The best way to know God’s will is to be familiar with His Word because everything that we need to know about His will is in the written Word of God. If and when we get to know His Word and understand it clearly, we will then be able to know His will.
Another way to know God’s will is through prayer and meditation—communing with Him, a two way conversation in which we will learn what pleases Him and know the peace that comes through a continuous relationship with Him. How do we naturally grow a relationship. We do it through consistent communication. The Word says that we are to abide in Him. We can also know God’s will through godly counsel, through circumstances, and through that still small voice. We must be open and ready to hear from Him. The key is to be sure that we each submit to Him and that we are willing to do whatever He shows us is His will for our lives. If we purpose to do His will, we will begin know His leading.
Then, after seeking and finding, then surrender to His will, to His plan, and to His purpose for our lives. Portions of Psalms 27 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”
What an opportunity we have to lie out before Him, to open up to Him, to allow Him to tell us about ourselves and what we each must do to be in His perfect will. What an opportunity we have to seek Him and to allow Him to touch us because we have done your first works all over again – because we have turned from whatever it is that was keeping us captive and causing us to not take time to position ourselves before Him. What an opportunity we have to seek His will when, in this world of stressful times, in these troubling times, there is nothing that can lift us up as fast as going down…in prayer. Throughout the Word of God, there has been a universal and continual call to prayer – now is no different, and the call is to each and every one of us.
Listen, as I did, to that unknown voice... “Let us pray” -
...and with these words some stand and some sit, some close eyes, some bow heads, some fold hands together and . . . and then what? We wait for the prayer leader to continue speaking. We reach out to calm a child. We start a grocery list in our heads. We begin thinking about a project at work. We contemplate what we need to do after this particular time is over. It seems like we’ve decided that it’s alright to use the word “prayer” in general conversation. Newscasters, talk show hosts, their guests, television characters - they all keep people in their prayers or praying that a situation will work out. There is conversation about prayer, but overall, lots of talk, not much action.
The phrase “I’m praying for you" has replaced the intention of "I'll bring over a casserole" or “I’ll watch the children” or “I’ll run any errands for you”. This phrase of “We’re praying” is the modern version of comfort food, comfort actions — with less investment. In our church culture it’s a word used very easily in conversation, but perhaps not used consciously or even understood as a clear, powerful action.
We follow this ritual: every Sunday; at bible study services; at weddings; at fellowship gatherings; before eating. We nod at the television screen, pleased that celebrities aren't afraid to at least imply their belief in God. But what are we really saying to ourselves and to each other about our own faith and about this thing called prayer?
First, what is prayer? The definition of prayer in the Oxford Dictionary includes prayer as a solemn request thanksgiving to God, to entreat or beseech, to ask earnestly. In short, the dictionary’s reflection of our culture is that we are asking God for what we want, being polite and expressing our gratitude and sometimes trusting familiar words to carry us through the process. But how we perceive prayer directly depends on how we perceive its importance and viability in our own lives and why we even believe that we should pray. So why should we pray? The reasons are simple. Because: God chose this vehicle of prayer to accomplish His work in us - His children; God instructs and commands us to pray; Our perfect example, Jesus, saw the need and prayed so how much more you and I should pray!
We might not understand how and why – but prayer does work. So, what is prayer? That question can be answered simply: one-on-one communing with God; two way, intimate communication with God – talking and listening; showing our hearts and seeking the heart of God; you and I, as His children, reaching out to Him - and Him affirming us; allowing God into the secret place of our lives.
How we perceive prayer, how we perceive its importance in our lives, also directly depends on how we view God in our lives, how we value and respect our relationship with God enough to pay attention to that relationship with regular, mutual communication.
So, how much do we really want God to influence our lives? How much do we really want to impact our world as part of communication with God? Those are questions that only each one of us can individually answer.
Deuteronomy 8:13b tells us to know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
Psalms 119:11 says Your word have I laid up, hid, in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
John 8:31 reads So Jesus said to those who had believed in Him, if you abide in My word, if you hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them, then you are truly My disciples.
John 17:17 tells us that we are sanctified, purified, consecrated, separated for Him, made holy by the Truth, and that God’s Word is Truth.
Hebrews 4:12a says For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power.
Isaiah 40:8 tops it off with The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever.
So, from now on, when we hear someone say: “Let us pray” what will your mind be on – will it truly be on seeing His will for your life?
We must, each of us, seek Him through His Word, and let every Word of God have free course and dwell in us richly to reach HOLINESS.
See you next Sunday morning, if the Lord says the same and delays His coming.