Seeking God

9 OUTCOMES OF SEEKING GOD

God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, and any who seek Him (Psalms 53:2). To seek, in the dictionary, means to be on the lookout for, find, search, call for, ask for, etc.. In the Bible, to seek God means to seek him earnestly (Job 8:5); meaning with diligence, intent, purpose, and determination. David sought and cried out to God in Psalms 63: “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water“.

What are you seeking? What have you been seeking desperately? Love? Money? Purpose? Revenge? Happiness? Approval? Attention? For whatever you are seeking, what does the Bible say about it? Jesus tells us not to worry about all these things, but to FIRST seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all those things will be added to us (Matthew 6:33).

Here are some 9 outcomes of seeking God wholeheartedly:

1. Faith:

There’s something that happens in us when we read the word of God. There’s power in that word. The word is God. When we seek God and faithfully study and meditate on His word, our faith grows. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17. And if you keep it at heart, believe it, and trust in God, there’s nothing in the world that could happen to you to make you doubt a thing about what God can do for you in any situation. Whatever comes your way, you’ll stand firm in faith and in His truth.

Faith doesn’t just come by itself in your head. You can’t force yourself to have faith in your mind about something. There’s ‘wishful thinking‘ and ‘faith‘. Faith is what you believe your God can do, and boldly expecting it and waiting for it, and it’s based on God’s truth and promises. Wishful thinking is more of a self-act: wondering, imagining and doubting, and having wishful thoughts based on what may be pleasing in your mind.

So faith comes from hearing/ reading the word of God, by believing in Jesus, and by asking God for it when we lack it or have unbelief (Mark 9:24, Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9). And all in all, faith is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

2. Spiritual Growth:

As a believer in Christ Jesus, and believing all that He teaches you, you can live a spirit filled life, but only if you decide to walk and live by the Spirit, not the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25). Remember, it is by your will that you decide to make your life’s decisions. God doesn’t force you to love Him or spend time with Him, although that is His will for us, to know Him, obey Him, worship Him, and give our bodies as living sacrifices to Him, and much more. God has provided us with everything. His divine power has given us all the things we need for this life and godliness, through knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3); but we need to live and walk in the Spirit not the flesh. Living and walking in the Spirit means being led by the Spirit of God in all truth, and putting to death our flesh worldly desires like fornication, adultery, idolatry, hatred, pride, drunkenness, and all the likes of those (Galatians 5:19-21).

John 14:23-24, “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

To live a life loving Jesus, we need to walk and live a Spirit led life, depending on Jesus and trusting in Him. We can’t do it by ourselves, or else that would be an act of SELF, which is not of God. We do it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who will in turn produce Gods character inside of us which will be seen by the fruits that come out of us, from our relationship with Christ Jesus. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, and gentleness (Galatians 5:22-23).

If you find yourself growing in these fruits, according to Gods truth about them (not the worlds view of them), then be sure, you’re spiritually growing. But also, if you also find yourself desiring more of the things of God, and getting rid of the sinful affections and lusts of the flesh, and walking and living a Holy Spirit led life, then you’re growing too! Eventually, God will lead you to where you need to be. Just fully cooperate with Him.

3. Discipline:

As we seek God earnestly, we learn that in order to walk in all His ways, we really need to discipline ourselves everyday so that we are not disqualified from the race (1 Corinthians 9:27). And not only do we discipline ourselves, but God also disciplines us!

When we keep falling back and forth with God or keep in sin when we know the truth, he can discipline us. Maybe some of you have experienced this. I have. He does this because he loves us and does not want us to be finally condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32). God says: “Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” – (Revelations 3:19). That last statement means be committed, zealous, passionate, hardcore, eager, and intense about seeking Him, and repent (change your ways).

Psalms 78 and Daniel 4 are just two examples of how God can discipline you and turn his ear from you for a time, just because of disobedience. There are plenty more examples in the Bible. But overall, God can take away your peace (day and night), bring up distress in your life, scramble your relationships, bring sickness or even death to your life or loved ones, or do whatever else He deems necessary to get you back to understanding that He’s the one who needs to be exalted in your life. In other words, He can humble you and bring you to your knees!

So ask yourself this…what does God have to do or take away from your life just so He can be your number one priority? Do you want it to come to that? What has He been telling you to give up? What does the Bible say about discipline and seeking God?

4. Change:

I’d say this is the biggest outcome, for sure! It is very interesting, challenging sometimes, and exciting (depending on your attitude towards it, and circumstances). When you seek God and just let Him take control of everything, He changes you. You are renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Your thoughts change, your words change, your beliefs change, sometimes your friends change, some of the places you used to go to change, what you watch and read changes, how you spend your time changes, and life gets more interesting when our focus is on Him. The Bible tells us that we should not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove what the good, perfect and acceptable will of God is (Romans 12:2).

5. Habit:

As you seek God earnestly, day by day, it becomes a habit naturally. You find yourself becoming anew. You won’t want to be like a dog that returns to its vomit (Proverbs 26:11), by repeating the very things that were keeping you in darkness – the shadow of death (Luke 1:79).

On the other hand though, I understand that changing our ways and habits can be challenging. It’s not easy. We’ve all been there. And that is why we can’t judge others who are practicing or struggling with sin, because we were in the same shoes! We can’t judge people period (Matthew 7:1). The best we can do is pray for them, and ourselves too, that while we ‘preach’ we may not be disqualified from the race (1 Corinthians 9:27).

We just need to know one thing; those who practice sin are of the devil, and no one born of God will continue to sin because God’s seed ‘remains’ in them (1 John 3:8-10). Doesn’t that just make you question whether you are of God or the Devil? It’s either or. There’s no in between. What are you habitually doing? Does it glorify God?

6. Strength:

Our Lord, our God, is our strength, our rock, our fortress and deliverer (Psalms 18:2)! We definitely can’t do His will for our lives without Him. He’s our strength! We are more than conquerors only through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). If we tried walking right every day without Him being our number one, we would definitely be bound to fail, and fall back into the same things we were trying to walk away from. This is something that each one of us learns when we earnestly seek God. And eventually you find that because He’s number one, your strength just keeps growing and growing. Soon you’ll look back and wonder how you were able to change your ways (repent), and see that it was only through God/Jesus, not you!

Through adversity, trouble, temptations, grief, loss, etc., God will be your strength (Psalms 46:1 and 31:4). And blessed is the man whose strength is in God (Psalms 84:5). If the devil puts any negative thoughts in your head telling you that God can’t give you strength in your situation, just rely and trust in God’s promises that He does give strength and blesses His people with peace (Psalms 29:11). If you fail and fall into sin, or fall through adversity, your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10). So that should be a check-mark every day. Get strong with God!! Seek Him and let Him do the rest! Let Him be your strength!

7. Breakthrough & God’s purpose for your life:

Jesus says the first thing we should do is seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to us (Matthew 6:33). We all have desires and plans and things we want out of life, but as a Christian we need to seek God first about anything and everything, and we can find out if it’s even in His will for us to want those things we think we need.

You’ll even find that when you seek Him, He’ll put all these other new desires in your heart which are His will for you, and bring glory to Him. Restoration comes forth, happiness and joy take over, gifts of the Holy Spirit develop and grow, and other blessings come in. God will start to show you things and lead you in the right direction, to pursue your purpose in life. Breakthrough happens too! Of course life will have its hard moments and trying times too, but the key is to stand firm and ground in being faithful to God. Read Job and other examples in the Bible of the rewards of being faithful. Just be ready and prepared for trials and temptations throughout life! Who’s our strength? GOD!! JESUS!! AMEN! 🙂

8. Discernment

Spiritual gifts are also given to us through the Holy Spirit. Discernment is one of them (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Discernment is being able to judge well between what is right and wrong, and good and evil. With this gift we are able to test the spirits and see whether they are of God (1 John 4:1). We thank God for this, because with discernment, we are able to test all things on our journey and walk with God, holding fast to what is good and abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

9. A Vessel to be used by God:

God is seeking those who understand Him and seek Him, so He can use them in His kingdom (Psalms 53:2). On top of that, His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). Imagine that! What more can we ask for? God is looking for you and I, to use in His kingdom, with the promise that He will be our strength! God has so much in store for us! Like, we can’t even imagine!

Seek God! But first, cleanse yourself from the latter, flee from youthful lusts and evil, so that He can make you a vessel of honor, sanctified and useful for Him, and prepared for EVERY good work (2 Timothy 2:21)!

Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22)!

God Loves YOU!

-Em Jacqui-

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