Whom seek ye?   5 comments

Jesus … said unto them, “Whom seek ye?”John 18:4

Who or what are you seeking in your life?

Love?                                      Money?                          Power?                                Happiness?

                   Recovery?                               Peace?                              Friends?

Yeah, it sounds a little funny including Recovery with these. There is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring any or all of them to some degree or another, but even if you did have that one thing that you seek, there would still be a whole in your life waiting to be filled. So I ask you one more time what are you REALLY seeking? What are you the MOST passionate about?

I tell you it is my opinion that there is a BEST answer to the above question, and if we answer it correctly, then ANYTHING and EVERYTHING we need WILL BE taken care of. So what should be our Passion, what should we be seeking?

To draw closer to God.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:20-35

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19

When we serve Him and truly recognize Him as the Lord of our lives then we have NOTHING at all to worry about, if we will just believe and trust Him. There will be times of bounty and times of lack, but He will insure that at ALL TIMES our NEEDS are met.

In the event that you feel that you NEED something that has not yet been provided then ASK!

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Remember who your DADDY is, THE God of Heaven and Earth. He owns the “Cattle on a thousand hills”, and for that measure, he owns the hills too! So no matter what your need: physical natural provision, healing, hope, peace, joy, etc, HE is not like a man that will give you a stone instead of bread or a snake when we ask for a fish. He is a GOOD God who loves us and only gives us GOOD gifts. He knows our needs even before we ask, and sometimes he just test our faith in Him by withholding that which is needed until we ASK.

…yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4;2-3

11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

I know you are thinking, OK that is a good study and makes sense to “normal” people. What about those of with some many issues. We can’t just abandon all control and our old beliefs and ways of doing things.

He asks that we have an open mind heart and simply seek after HIM. Fortunately, Faith is very much like our recovery. It is a process and a journey, He does not ask or expect us to be perfect automatically, However, the closer that we get to Him the more like Him we will desire to be. As we take one step at a time further done the road, He helps us to learn new ways, His ways, As we read and study His Word, and give lay our lives and our wills over to Him, we are transformed more and more into His image.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I Timothy 2:15

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12-1-2

 …Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word Ephesians 5:25-26

My dear friends as we come to faith in God and truly accept what Christ death and resurrection accomplished for our lives, we will begin to realize that we are NOT the same person that we were in the past. We are being renewed and made more like Him from the inside out. As we peal one layer off from the outside, He renews the layers one at a time from the outside in. So step by step we become a little more and a little more the new CREATION that He as destined for us to be. Unfortunately, as each of these occur it can and WILL be painful at times. Even harder, some of us will have resentments, beliefs and “issues” of which we will NOT want to let go. However we MUST in order to be ALL that He wants us to be!

The closer we get to Him, the more of THE Truth that we know, and as John says, “the TRUTH shall set you free.” HE is the TRUTH.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:10

...“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

So finally my friends , I conclude the same way that I started…

Whom seek ye?”

I pray that you will join me in seeking after He whom is seeking after you!

Blessing my friends,

See you on The Road….

R2R

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  1. Good article R2R.
    So, how do you get rid of resentments, beliefs and issues? I am trying to learn to go to God for everything, but there is a lot of old thoughts in my head that remain from previous years.

    paintedgoldfish
    • My dear friend, I understand exactly what you are talking about. It is daily battle that we face simply because we are spirit that still wear imperfection, earthly human flesh and bone. As I mentioned, faith is a journey, and can and WILL be difficult at times. Yet, it is a journey of HOPE. We continue to study His word, we grow in wisdom, not earthly wisdom, of things taught by man, but in heavenly wisdom, things that are only revealed by THE Spirit. Each day as we draw closer to Him, we become more and more spiritual beings in an earthly wrapper and less a earthly vessel that contains a spirit. (I Corinthians 2)

      I know that sounds a little strange, but it is truth. I remind you of the creation of man,

      And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen 1:26-27

      What does it mean to be made “in the image of God”. He made us as spiritual beings with a spirit abiding within us. When accept Christ, then the Holy Spirit resides within and is our Counselor and Teacher guiding us in the ways of God and continually pointing us towards Him. Each day that you walk “in the Spirit”, he will will help you. If you need to forgive to let go of past resentments, then He will help you. If it is old false beliefs, then he will teach you the TRUTH. Old thoughts and ways of thinking and doing things, as you study and “ask for wisdom”, He will teach you to walk in His ways. But be prepared, He DOES challenge our faith at times. He will allow some hardships to test our faith and trust in Him. In those times do we do things “our way” or do we turn to Him throw up our arms and say “Daddy HELP!”

      Of course not ALL hardships are tests. Many times they are simply the consequences of our current or past poor choices and behaviors. His Word also says that those he loves he corrects. In other words just because you are a believer, if you are speeding down the interstate and get stopped by a highway patrolman, you are not going to get always get a warning, you will more than likely get the ticket.

      So, how do you get rid of resentments, beliefs, issues and old thoughts that remain from previous years?

      1. PRAY- Ask for God for help in dealing with the past issues and feelings.
      2. PRAY – Ask for wisdom, ask Him to teach you His ways.
      3. READ and STUDY – His Word.
      4. DO – As best you can follow and do what you the learn in your studies.
      5. LISTEN – Find a spiritual leader that you can trust and listen to their guidance and teachings.
      6. SHARE – Fellowship with others that have similar experiences. Share and receive your experiences and what you have learned from them.

      I pray that answers your questions and helps you in your journey!

  2. Is it always clear what is a test and what is a consequence? Do you think that, if we are listening to him, that God is always clar as to what he wants us to do?

    paintedgoldfish
    • Is it always clear what is a test and what is a consequence?
      Simply Put, NO. However, I believe if you truly consider the entire situation, and look at your actions and behaviors leading up to your current state, you will recognize if you were doing anything that was outside of He considers to be “right”. Does your current state directly correlate to choices and things you have done? Is a test or consequence when you are distracted and run a red light and are in an accident? Is it a test or consequences when you get into a heated argument with your partner? Unfortunately, many times there is NO “clear” answer.
      I know this may sound like I am over simplifying…
      You are in the “right place” doing the “right stuff” and face hardship – probably testing
      You are trying your best to do/be the above, but you are not there yet – probably consequences.
      Here is the hardest one, you are in the “right place” doing the “right stuff”, except for one or two “little” sins – your consequences can actually be worse than the one with “bigger sins” that is still learning.
      Do you think that, if we are listening to him, that God is always clear as to what he wants us to do?
      Does he speak to us audible and say “My child, go to the corner of Main and First and talk to the man in the Blue jeans and black hat”? Of course He does not. However, I do believe that he does lead us by the Spirit that resides within us. That is referred to as the “still small voice”. I believe that once you are a believer, he speaks to us through what we refer to as our “conscience”. There is just something deep on the inside that pulls you in a certain direction, and if you choose not to follow that leading, then there is that same part of you that just “knows” that you made the wrong choice. That being said, hearing and listening to the Spirit’s leading is something that takes some maturity and time to learn, but He has grace and mercy for us until we “get it”. The falls may hurt, but we learn from their lessons.

  3. Thank you. That helps.

    paintedgoldfish

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