I apologize for the delay in my “liveblogging.” Technical difficulties kept me from updating the blog as I planned. :(
Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The theme of True Woman ’12 is “Seeking Him Together for Spiritual Awakening.” Nancy used her opening message to address what seeking Him really means.
Our God wants to be found. He doesn’t play hide and seek; He makes Himself known. He created us to seek and find him (Acts 17:26-27), and the Bible tells us that God is looking for those who seek Him.
The problem is that since the Fall, no one naturally seeks after God (Rom. 3:10-11). We are born spiritually dead and cannot seek Him until His Spirit awakens us. Because He is a seeking God, He takes the initiative to reconcile sinners to Himself.
3 Questions to Consider:
1. What does it mean to Seek the Lord?
- To prize Him so much that we actively set out to know and walk with Him.
- To turn to Him for help before looking elsewhere
- To set our hearts, affection, and hope on that which is eternal rather than what is temporal “Seek first the kingdom of God…”
We all seek. The question is “Who or what are you seeking?”
2. How are we to seek the Lord?
Intentionally (1 Chron. 22:19)
- It is not first an emotion; it is a conscious choice to set our minds on seeking Him.
- It is proactive, not passive.
Wholeheartedly (Ps. 119:10; Deut. 4:29)
- It should be characterized by fervency and intensity.
- The earnestness with which we seek anything reveals the value we place on that thing.
Continually (1 Chron. 16:11)
- Every day
- All day throughout the day
- The entire course of our lives
3. What keeps us from seeking the Lord?
- Self-sufficiency—no sense of need (the church of Laodicea—“I have need of nothing”)
- Busyness—schedules so full that we have no time for the Lord
- Distractions—noise, clutter, social media
- Substitutes—competing desires, appetites, or passions
- Fear or bitterness
- Having no relationship with God at all
Two examples from Scripture to illustrate wholehearted seeking:
1. Song of Solomon 3
When the bride realized her beloved was missing, she began seeking until intimacy was restored. Because she was unwilling to go on without the one she loved, she took intentional steps to find him.
We can’t seek the one we love while we’re loving other things that compete with His place in our lives. Those who keep seeking will find. Don’t be content until you can say, “I have found the one whom my soul longs for.”
2. Luke 10
Martha was distracted and troubled about many things, but nothing mattered more to Mary than seeking the Lord. Mary’s sights were fixed on Christ; everything else could wait.
Only one thing is absolutely necessary. If we are not seeking Christ, we are forsaking him. There is no middle ground.
- Psalm 27:8 “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’”
- The reward of seeking the Lord is that we will see Him.
Will you be one who will respond to the Lord tonight?