The Remnant: Seeking the Lord

7 Jan

Our Pastor preached an awesome message on seeking the Lord. I just feel 2009 is a year where we really need to in prayer. So many things are going on in the world and in our own lives that we need to be seeking God with all of our heart.

The Remnant: Seeking the Lord
Coming into this new year, there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in the air. This is such a critical time and season for our nation. Recently, I’ve been on a journey through the Old Testament, especially the prophets. As I’ve been studying, I’ve noticed that based on what the prophets of old had to say, there are some strong parallels between ancient Israel and our nation today. It seems that we are beginning to reap the consequences of some of the ungodliness we have sown as a nation.

Yet, as with Israel of old, God is once again raising up a remnant – a holy seed that will survive the impending judgment and become an instrument of blessing in these times of trouble. I want to be a part of that remnant, don’t you? As I studied this idea of a remnant, the Holy Spirit began showing me the characteristics of people who fall into the category of the remnant. In my message this last weekend, I focused on the first and foremost characteristic: Seeking the Lord. (Click here to listen to/watch this week’s message.)

As things get tougher in our lives, we go one of two ways, depending on our relationship with the Lord. If our relationship is only at the surface, shallow, or we are easily distracted by the cares of this world, our response to difficulty will be to pull away from God and be conformed to this world. But, if we have hearts that are focused on God, open and receptive to His Word and His Spirit, then our response will be to press through our problems and get closer to Him – to have a seeking heart.

What does that look like? Well, people with seeking hearts:

  • Regularly read and meditate on God’s Word. They know that this is the only way to transform their minds so that they begin to see, hear and think like Christ.
  • Connect daily with God through prayer. Not elaborate, eloquent, hyper-religious prayer, but the kind of real conversation that springs from humility, dependence on God, and a genuine faith/trust-based relationship with Him.
  • Periodically add times of fasting to their prayer. They know the power of prayer combined with fasting to break sinful habits and usher in breakthrough.

I want to challenge you in this year to regain the areas of lost innocence, areas where you have lost ground. Identify the things in your life that you’d like to see broken, and then seek God through reading the Word, praying and fasting. Pursue freedom from everything that would get in the way of your relationship with Him. Be a part of The Remnant. Imagine how your life will be transformed if you do.

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