The Seeking Heart- Part 1
Learning to seek God with all your heart
Springs of Life
Proverbs 4:23 ESV says, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Your heart receives in information, measures it, and sends it back out again. It is either made pure or contaminated by what it allows in. To seek Jesus & His Word brings Him into our heart, purifies it, and also opens up a gateway for Him to be released through our lives and into others.
Our heart will seek after what it desires. Does your heart desire Jesus? Clearly, to the measure it desires Jesus, is the measure you will seek after Jesus. The bible teaches us to have no other gods before us, that is, anything that takes the place of God Almighty. But some may say, “it’s not wrong to desires things, if it’s good things.” No, not as long as it’s done in the correct order, however, often Christians make the mistake of placing things first, then try to fit Jesus in their hearts and there is little room left over. There is a battle for your heart. A battle that Jesus wants to win, a battle that deep down if truth be told, you want Him to win. The truth is, if your heart is aggressively desiring other things, it won’t be aggressively desiring God. I would encourage you to put the good things you desire on “the back burner” so to speak, and put God on the front. Then when your desire becomes stronger for Him you will naturally seek after Him, and in time if you trust Him, He then adds on to you the things you desire. It will not be hard to seek Him, but easier when your heart is turned to Him and not other things. You have a choice by the act of your own will to control your heart by what you allow or don’t allow in it. The more you allow God in it, and keep Him first, the more you will benefit from that.
Heavenly Heart Response
Matthew 6:25-33 ESV Jesus tells us, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” So can you hear Jesus trying to tell us something very important here? The world seeks after all sorts of things and Jesus is saying that the way that the Kingdom of Heaven works is much different, and we are not to do it like the world does it, but like the Kingdom of heaven… ie… we are not to chase after stuff, but after God Jesus clearly has a different order that He wants Christians to flow in. Lay down every want, concern and burden at the feet of Jesus and trust in His heavenly power to operate as you truly put Him first. Expect results when seeking after God, but don’t focus on that, focus on God, otherwise those desires collide with a God desire.
Putting God first is a heart response where your heart is literally dedicated to Gods order of doing things. Idolatry is something in your heart that comes between you & God, and God opposes idolatry. Do you have enough faith & trust in God to make a move towards this heart direction? Surrendering our lives to Jesus just isn’t words that we say, but a heart direction that is firm. Not laying our lives down because it will bring us blessing, but in the heart because this is God we are talking about, and in Him there is rest & abundant life. The apostle Paul said script… I pray that you prosper even while your soul prospers. I’ve heard this script and many like it misused for gain, although gain comes externally, there is much more to gain internally in our hearts.
Mark 8:36,37 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?”
Luke 12:15, Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
I’m reminded of an old hymn, “Soul are you weary & tired, no light in the darkness you see,
there’s light for a look at the Savior, and life more abundant and free. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
The Heart at Peace
How much does God want of you? 100%. That’s what to give Him your life means. God wants all of you, your life for His. Sound like your loosing? Perhaps your loosing your self, but your gaining God. Love is unselfish, God is love, everything God does then is not for himself but for us. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for himself, he died on the cross for us. Jesus said, I didn’t come to be served but to serve. Giving your life completely to God means you’ve let go of control & He is in control. When you give your life completely over to God you must believe that He has your best interests at heart. And He does. You say, everything You’ve been through was difficult, where was God when I needed Him? God was using that for you & your future. God has a plan for you & Your in it. God loves you. You can trust God. Let go of your past and your pre-conceived notions, and let God go before you and march fearlessly into your future, as you trustfully follow Him closely. Exchange your plans for His power and His plans. It’s the rest of your life, who are you going to be? How about a God chaser.
Stress is not good for the body. Matthew 11:28-30 ESV Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” If your only 80% surrendered then you probably have 20% stress, there is 20% of you that your not placing that heavy yoke on Jesus and letting Him carry it.
Luke 10:38-42 ESV, “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Jesus offers rest & grace to His children, but not all of His children accept it. Do you want to be someone who is restful & at peace? Or anxious & troubled like Martha? You do have a choice. Isaiah 9:6 ESV tells us about Jesus in a prophesy about His coming, “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.” Jesus was not only God in the flesh but also the “Prince of Peace.” In other words, the key and solution to your every troubled situation. Mark 4:35-41 ESV, “On that day, when evening had come He said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Yes, who is this that can operate in that much power to calm a storm? Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Jesus can cause your inmost being to be at rest & at peace, but you must let Him be Lord.
Why Not You?
Wishing for things & stuff provides momentary fun, but then leaves you empty. God wants to fill you up with His Spirit then these other “things” are added on blessings, not eventual burdens. Turn your heart toward Jesus.
So who is your heart for? Jesus? Why not choose peace, rest, love & blessing, over restlessness, discontentment and burdens to big to carry. Jesus gives the first & pushes away the former, let Him fill you up, let Him remove burdens & work miracles in the process. Why live a life that is less then what God intended? It’s your life, you choose. God has given you the power of choice, a free will. It is a decision. A decision that will transform your life into something new & more sustainable, something beautiful & joyous. Serve Jesus today, and let Him calm your troubled sea. He’s done it for me, he’ll do it for you. Why not you? Why not you having a close relationship with God Almighty? Why not you? Why not you having peace & added blessing as a bonus? Why not you? Yes you can, by the grace of God, turn to Him with all your heart today.
Rev John Anthony