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Humbly Seeking God - Lesson 01

by Dr. Nina Gardner

 


 

Seeking God



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“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, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).


Seeking to Know God

  1. There can be many motives for praying: to get things, to find peace, trouble situations, for other people, or seeking to know God.

  2. A prophet must first seek to know God:
    1. to know His will (2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. KJV

    2. to know His thoughts (Jer 29:11) (Jer 29:11) 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. KJV

    3. to know His heart (Act 13:22) And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 'I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' ESV

    4. and to know His plan (Isaiah 14:24) The LORD of hosts has sworn: "As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, ESV


Seeking to Hear God
  1. A prophet must hear what God would say concerning anything. We are commanded not to be an echo.

  2. (Jeremiah 23:30) Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. We must stay in His presence to hear God for ourselves.

  3. Prophets are mainly called to speak the oracles of God.

  4. (1Peter 4:11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


Seeking God for Truth
  1. Seeking God for truth about any circumstance is necessary. Without truth, there is no validity to any prophecy given (Ezra 5:1-2)

  2. (John 18:37) … Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."

  3. Truth acts like a serum. The more you walk in truth, the more those around you confess the truth.

  4. How can a prophet speak the oracles of God if they only walk in what they believe is truth? We cannot declare the truth without knowing God’s truth?


Seeking God for His Love
  1. Prophets are called to bring into the earth’s realm that which is eternal. To accomplish this, they must first know God intimately. (Isa 21:6) For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. KJV

  2. God must be our first love. We need that intimate love relationship in order to speak what God desires.

  3. A prophet should seek God for His love for others, but first God wants a first-love relationship with the prophets.

  4. (Exodus 33:11) And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. KJV

  5. It’s in seeking God for His love that we learn how God wants to be approached, how to honor Him, and how to reverence Him.

  6. All prophets must also seek God for His agape love. We are human and cannot love people like God unless we have been bathed by God’s love in prayer.





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