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.

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!

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!

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!

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!