Seek Him, Continually

Are we seeking God for what He can do for us? Or for who He is?

1 chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His strength; seek his presence continually!

There’s one thing that we need and that is God, you would not have been reading this devotional if you were not seeking God or seeking something from Him today.

This verse tells us that we seek God for what He can do and also for who He is. 

Why does the Word tell us to “Seek His strength”?

  • God is all powerful and we need His strength in every aspect of our lives.

Why does the Word tell us to “Seek His face continually”?

  • His strength is what He can give us, His face is who He is, we need His presence.

We don’t need His presence just today, but day after day, continually seeking after the face of God.

Why His presence is so important:

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fulness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

When we seek after His presence we receive all of Him… strength, peace, love, mercy, that is why our enemy the devil uses the tactic against us for staying busy so that we don’t seek after His presence but rather, bothered with life’s daily tasks to seek our own ambitions.

How Worship Wins the Battle

Part 1: Choosing to Worship

The battle of Jericho, Paul & Silas in prison and the story of Jehoshaphat. We read many times in the Bible when worship won the battle and it still is the key today in our lives.

We must realize that when we have battles they are of the Lord’s not ours. But our purpose is to worship!

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How worship wins the battle:

  1. We must choose to worship (Part 1)
  2. It re-directs our focus (Part 2)
  3. Worship makes the enemy scatter (Part 3)

2 CHRONICLES 20:1-6

20 It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites,came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

– Jehoshaphat didn’t seek a board meeting.

– He didn’t ask his advisors what he should do.

– He didn’t let his feelings of fear disrupt his choice to worship.

BUT he invited everyone to ask help from the Lord.

When believers are united with

  • one mind
  • one accord
  • one passion
  • one will
  • one heart
  • one agenda
  • one mission, under one name under Heaven.

SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN!

WE MUST CHOOSE TO WORSHIP!

  1. WORSHIP IS A CHOICE

WORSHIP IS NOT A FEELING, IT IS NOT AN EMOTION. IT IS A CHOICE.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord,

When we’re feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances, the last thing we may feel like doing is praising God. But it’s the first thing we should do.

PROVERBS 3:5

“Trust in the lord with all your heart, and do not Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.”

One way to acknowledge him is to worship him. We may not understand what His plan is at the moment, but He is still worthy of praise. Choos to Worship!

Memorial

Memorial Day is a day when we remember those who had served, past, present and future military for the sacrifices that they had made. It is a day to praise God for the freedom that we have here in America because of those courageous ones who are on the front lines everyday protecting the freedom.

I’d like to take a different perspective on the word “memorial” as we look to
Joshua 4:1-7

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

These verses tells us the significance and importance of memorials. We have so many here in the United States. So many statues of former people who have paved a way somehow in this country. What is their purpose? To remind us of the past victories that were made.

What memorials, what victories in your own life have you forgot about? What trials had you gone through, what rivers did you cross, what valleys of the shadow have you walked through, have you forgotten that He, God was with you through it all?

God is not asking us to buy a statue or a plaque after every time He comes through for us, for our homes could not contain them. He’s asking us not to forget His goodness, His faithfulness in the past, in the present and in the future. Because your past memorials are today’s testimony to this generation.

“What do those stones mean to you”

In Him: Greater is He

1 John 4:4

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

At times it can feel like the World is winning. When we are intimidated by fear, self-doubt, intimidated by people or circumstances we need to remember this verse.

We must remember that when things come against us, they come against the One in us, and He has already won the victory!

You are from God and have overcome them,” 

— if you are Born of God then you are more than conquerors through Jesus.”

To remind us that at Calvary, every demonic spirit was demolished, the keys of death, hell and the grave were taken back by the victor!

When Jesus said it is finished, it was FINISHED!

This is what overcoming is for the Believer, When you overcome the enemy means you have overcome his systems, we reign over them.

Those circumstance — Jesus is bigger

That problem — He is bigger

That relationship issue — he is bigger!

John is telling us not to be frightened by the wickedness of this world or the hostility we see all around us nor to be overwhelmed by the problems we face.

Evil can seem much stronger than we are. But God has ultimately triumphed. 

We must understand this is more than simply surviving hard times. This is more than living through trials and making it out on the other side. 

We are over comers because Christ overcame.

If we look at it from the view of merely surviving then were saying Christ merely survived while he was here. Far from it. Christ overcoming the World means in every aspect He conquered the enemy and all his systems and gained RULE over the enemy. He did not rely on anything this World offered but lived from the Father.

In Him: We are Anointed

Isaiah 61:1

	[1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
		because the LORD has anointed me
	to bring good news to the poor;
		he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
	to proclaim liberty to the captives,
		and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (ESV)

This verse was a foreshadowing of why Jesus came. He came to the poor and not to the rich. He came to proclaim truth and free those who are bonded.

At times when I don’t think I’m capable of doing something I’m reminded of this verse. At times when I need more boldness I read this verse.

We need to believe that we are anointed — in your job, as a parent, in your ministry and anything you put your hand to. God has anointed you! Holy Spirit is upon you! Rise up and proclaim truth to those who are hurting, and who are in bondage.

Notice the “tense” of the anointing in verse 1- it’s not ‘is anointing’ you, it’s not ‘might’ anoint you. it’s past tense – he has anointed you, meaning I am currently anointed. there is a reason for your anointing. we are anointed for a purpose, not for selfish ambition but to help those who are in prison, who are sick, who need a touch from God!

IN HIM: This Will Work Out for My Good

In Him: This will work out for my good

Romans 8:28

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

I have days where I wonder, God, with all what is happening, how is this going to turn out good?

You may be asking God, “How is this divorce working together for good” or “How is my termination from my job going to work together.” etc.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” – 2 Cor 4:17

We must remember that He has the ability to work out all things for good and to see us through to glorification! “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6

In Him: We know nothing goes to waste — everything will work out for good.

In Him: FEARFULLY & WONDERFULLY MADE

PSALM 139:14 “I PRAISE YOU, FOR I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; WONDERFUL ARE YOUR WORKS, MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL”

I believe that what is said of us from others can alter the perception of who God says we are. 

Identity – the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.

We can be Influenced by so many voices. Telling us of how we should look, act, or speak. Society today is telling us that we are not fearfully and wonderfully made but we may have been a mistake, or an accident.

YOU WERE BORN ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE!

THE WORD OF GOD CLEARLY TELLS US THAT WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE AND THAT HIS WORKS ARE WONDERFUL.

MY NOSE — NOT A MISTAKE, FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

MY BODY— FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

MY PERSONALITY – FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

— JUST AS A POTTER PUTS A PIECE OF CLAY ON THE WHEEL, THERE’S A PURPOSE BEHIND EVERY INDENTION OF THAT CLAY.

WHEN GOD FORMS SOMETHING HE SHAPES IT SPECIFICALLY FOR HIS PURPOSE.

WE ARE ALL MADE DIFFERENTLY WITH UNIQUE SKILLS, PERSONALITIES AND TRAITS THAT GOD USES FOR HIS GOOD AND GLORY. HE DIDN’T CREATE YOU ALONG WITH THE MASSES, HE IS INTENTIONAL WITH ALL THAT HE DOES.

WE ARE HIS MASTERPIECE

“FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED UB CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND, THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.” — Ephesians 2:10


— WHEN THE WORLD TELLS US THAT WE ARE DEFINED BY OUR STRUGGLES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR APPEARANCE, HIDE IN GOD — THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR LIFE AND SOURCE OF TRUE VALUE IDENTITY AND WORTH. IN HIM ONLY OUR TRUE IDENTITY IS FOUND AND OUR WORTH CAN NEVER BE SHAKEN.

PRAYER:

I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM.

I CAN DO WHAT GOD SAYS I CAN DO.

I CAN BECOME EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAYS I CAN BECOME.

I’M NOT DEFINED BY MY FEELINGS, MY WEAKNESSES, OR MY INCLINATIONS.

I AM COMING OUT OF THE LIES.

I AM COMING INTO THE LIGHT.

I WAS BORN ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE!

In Him: No Fear

The Bible says “do not fear” 365 times 

That’s a daily reminder to not let fear control us!

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

What does fear do?

  • FEAR ROBS US OF POWER
  • IT REMOVES LOVE FROM OUR HEARTS
  • AND IT CONTROLS OUR MINDS 

BUT GOD:

HE HAS EQUIPPED US WITH HIS LOVE TO TAKE A WAY ANXIETY.

HE HAS EQUIPPED US WITH A SOUND MIND, ONE THAT IS CALM AND MEDITATES ON THE WORD OF GOD.

God has done a great exchange in our life, we give him our fear and our anxiety, and he gives us power, love and a soul mind. When we feel fear coming on, what is the first thing we should do? Speak the name of Jesus. 

IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT FEAR BUT ONLY BY HIS POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

— ISAIAH 26:3 “YOU KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON YOU, BECAUSE HE TRUSTS IN YOU.”

REFLECT///

  • What ways have you let fear control your life? Speak the name of Jesus over those areas!

In Him: No Condemnation

What is Condemnation? An overwhelming sense of shame that comes from the pits of hell. 

What does the Word God say about this?

ROMANS 8:1-4

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 

On this one verse lays the whole of the great sinners hope. In Christ and in Christ alone there is forgiveness and freedom from the condemnation of sin. It promises that there is NO condemnation. NONE AT ALL. It doesn’t say less condemnation. It says none. He will never bring up our sinful past again. It is dead and gone. It had been crucified and buried. All of our mess, mistakes, our sin was condemned at the cross.

Why is there NOW no condemnation? Because the thing that brought condemnation — the law of sin and death, has been broken off our lives, Jesus took on all the condemnation at the Cross!

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”


  • The enemy will always remind us of our past, to weaken our confidence, our standing in Christ. But those moments are dead, they no longer speak. 

But one thing that does speak and holds true to its promises is the blood of Jesus!

Reflect ///

  • When the enemy begins to flood your mind with past hurts, sins. Remind him who you are in Christ, that you are forgiven! set free!

In Him: Holy & Blameless

Ephesians 1:4 ” Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the World, that we should be holy and blameless before him. in love.”

Holy and blameless — The Word declares over you that you are chosen to be holy and blameless. “But you don’t know my past, you can’t mean me.” Yes, I mean you, your past is not more powerful than the Word of God. When you elevate your past and don’t believe the Bible, it’s like telling Jesus, “Thank you so much for the cross, but it wasn’t enough to erase my past – it’s too broken.” Choose to believe the Word of God today, that in Him you are holy and blameless in his sight. The enemy will try everything today to stop you from believing this one, but don’t let him. You are holy, pure, washed clean in Him! You are not stained, tainted – you are holy! When you stand in His presence, He sees you as holy and blameless. See yourself pure before Him, see yourself boldly entering His presence without fear or shame. Forgiven in Him – destined to be in His presence for the rest of your life.

God loved me and chose me before I was born, before I took my
first breath. He looks at me without fault, as if I never sinned.
Salvation is God’s gift to me, though I don’t deserve it, God
wanted me, he chose in advance.
Before the foundation of the world!! He had us in mind and chose
us before the world was created. We should remember this and
set our hearts on staying holy- set apart for His purposes. So
hard to imagine that before we even had consciousness, He had
plans for us and loved us.

COLOSSIANS 1:22 “AND HE HAS NOW RECONCILED IN HIS BODY OF FLESH BY HIS DEATH, IN ORDER TO PRESENT YOU HOLY AND BLAMELESS AND ABOVE REPROACH BEFORE HIM.”

REFLECT//

  • Are We living our lives holy and blameless before Him?
  • Do you live from a past hurt or regret?

Redeemer, Restorer & Rescuer

Redeemer

9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name. – Psalms 111:9

He is the God who can take your mess into a miracle.

He is the God who can take your ashes and turn them into beauty.

It all happens at the cross. There is a great exchange that takes place and not only once but every time we come before him. He redeems us of our past.

Restorer

10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. – 1 Peter 5:10

He not only redeems our past but restores ourselves, our identity, our failures our mishaps. He restores us into the image of His Son.

Rescuer

27 He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in Heaven and on Earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions den.

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18

He is a rescuer. He rescued us from a miry pit and has set our feet on a rock not any rock but The Rock. He still rescues when we call out to Him. He still rescues us out of temptation and every trial if we just wait up on Him, He will redeem, restore and rescue!

In Him: We Are Forgiven

It’s a fact: Satan tries to remind us of our past mistakes, our past sins and intimidating us that they are not forgiven. We then if we believe those lies begin to step back, become weak or even retreat from God in shame.

But we have this promise 👇🏼

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrightesouness”

We have a responsibility to confess, bring them into the light and repent from them.

“…he is faithful and just.”

It’s not because we were faithful to come to him that sets us free, it’s because when we do come to him, he is faithful and just.

It’s all because of what happened at Calvary that sin has no power over the believer.

Today remind yourself that because he has risen we no longer have to be that person. That sin no longer has a hold on you. You stand today forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness — holy in his sight!