Saturday, November 7, 2015

November 8, 2015

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

Are you diligently seeking Him?

What does it mean to diligently seek God?

The Bible gives us numerous admonitions to seek Him. From those you can gain insights about what seeking God requires.

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." Jeremiah 29:13-14

Are you seeking God with your whole heart?

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God!" Psalm 42:1

Does your soul pant for God like your body craves water? Are you desperately thirsty for God?

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24

There is a reward for seeking Jesus but there is also a cost! In order to diligently seek God you must crucify your selfish flesh. Have you taken up your cross?

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6

Seeking God means to come after Him as you would come after water if your were thirsty or run to the refrigerator if you were hungry. Is that how you seek Him?

"Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33

Diligently seeking requires making God the first thing, the highest priority, your greatest passion of your life. Does that describe how you seek God?

Seeking God diligently means obeying His Word as all the Faith Heroes listed in this chapter did.

Seeking God diligently means walking in His will and you can't discover His will apart from His Word! The Faith Heroes walked in God's will and His will was accomplished through them!

Seeking God diligently means living in His way. God's way is love! Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.

Now you know how to diligently seek God!

Not what?

If you diligently seek God He will reward you and He will be your reward!