Determine To Seek The Lord
It is necessary for us as believers to determine to set our mind to seek the Lord. It is faith in Jesus Christ that has opened this door to us.
1 Chronicles 22:19 AMPC Now set your mind and heart to seek (inquire of and require as your vital necessity) the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into the house built to the Name and renown of the Lord.
Colossians 3:1 HCSB So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.
These verses tell us we are to determine in our mind and heart to seek the Lord God? What does this mean?
To be determined to seek God is to set the focus of our mind and the affection of our heart on God. Determination is of the will, so we have set our will and that leads to action.
Matthew 6:33 HCSB But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Here is the command from Jesus to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first. What is the kingdom of God exactly?
Romans 14:17 HCSB for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Now we know we are seeking God's righteousness, peace, and joy. Where are these, in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, Spirit of Christ lives in every believer. So, we are determining to seek to worship and know God- the Father, God- the Son, God-Holy Spirit. One God three Persons. What does this look like, small picture?
1 Corinthians 1:30 HCSB But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became God-given wisdom for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.
Our righteousness is in Christ Jesus not ourself or our works. The out showing we understand this is, we do not brag about our anything but we have full understanding everything good, profitable, and eternal is Christ Jesus in us.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Ephesians 2:14 HCSB For He is our peace, ...
Christ Jesus Himself is our peace. This means there is no true lasting peace in our soul outside of Christ. This is a red flag. When your peace is gone you have set your mind and heart in the wrong place and on the wrong things.
Psalm 45:7 HCSB You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy more than your companions.
Hebrews 1:8 HCSB But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of God was anointed with the oil of joy. Therefore the joy of Christ is our joy. What is the joy of Christ, He loves righteousness and hates evil. To partake in the joy of Christ we must love righteousness and hate evil.
What Does This Mean?
Life in Christ Jesus is a hidden and mysterious treasure that those without faith in Christ do not understand. Our life is lived controlled and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This happens when we set our mind on God and our hearts affection belongs to God. What does this look like and what about our sinful desires?
Galatians 5:22 HCSB But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
How does your emotional life look? Have you set your mind on God in heaven? Do you live determined to kill your sinfulness? Do you blend into the world? The commands are simple it is the determination that is a constant battle.
Psalm 118:6 ESV The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Hebrews 13:5 ESV Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Simple question, who do you fear, God or man? Where have you set the affection of your heart, in heaven or on earth?