The Benefits of seeking God

 

Definition: What is to seek?

It means to :

1.  To Find ………Something, somebody, some where…Here we are talking of Eternal life, God, Heaven

2. To strive for something ……….Fight against all enemies of seeking eg flesh, pleasure, world, sin

3. To ask …………….Those who know, those who have found.

3. To attempt. To follow, to read

Characteristics:

It’s hidden-, it can be found, -it has a value.- It is not where you are…it is in another place /realm.

 Topics

( a) . How to seek

Must seek diligently other wise there is no room for laziness. Heb 11:6 those who come to God must believe that He is and He is a rewarder to who diligently seek Him

 

Luke 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?   (KJV)

 

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.   (KJV)

 

(Summary: seek diligently, with your whole heart)

 

(b) Which kind of people can seek God: The right people; humble people can seek and find

1. There should be no pride when we seek God.

Ps 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.   (KJV)

 

Prove 14: 6        A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.   (KJV)

 

Ps 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.   (KJV)

 

(Summary: How to seek? Be Humble, have respect, seek with your whole heart Jeremiah 29:11)

 

Who to seek?

Mark 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.   (KJV)

 

Matt 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.   (KJV)

 

Amos 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:   (KJV)

 

Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.   (KJV)

 

Ps 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.   (KJV)

 

Isa 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?   (KJV)

 

Ps 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.   (KJV)

 

Ps 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.   (KJV)

 

Ps 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.   (KJV)

 

John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?   (KJV)

 

(Summary: seek God, seek Jesus, seek The LORD)

 

What to seek

Jer 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.   (KJV)

 

Prov 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.   (KJV)

 

Prov 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.   (KJV)

 

Prov 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.   (KJV)

 

Prov 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.   (KJV)

 

John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?   (KJV)

 

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.   (KJV)

 

Matt 6:33

33         But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   (KJV)

 

(Summary: What to seek for, wisdom, truth, Love, Kingdom of God, God’s will, God’s Honour)

 

What not to seek?

 Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.   (KJV)

 

Matt 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.   (KJV)

 

1 Sam 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.   (KJV)

 

Isa 40:20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.   (KJV)

 

Prov 17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.   (KJV)

 

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.   (KJV)

 

Luke 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.   (KJV)

 

Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.   (KJV)

 

Mark 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.   (KJV)

 

Matt 6:32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.   (KJV)

 

Summary: what not to seek for Idols, devils, food, water, cloth, rebellion, save your life but God to save it)

 

Benefits of seeking the Lord

Lam 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.   (KJV)

 

Ps 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.   (KJV)

 

Ps 40:16            Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.   (KJV)

 

Ps 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.   (KJV)

 

Summary: Benefits of seeking God, never lack, rejoicing, goodness, God’s presence)

 

Examples of seekers.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.   (KJV)

 

Ezek 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.   (KJV)

 

Prov 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.   (KJV)

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.   (KJV)

 

Matt 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?   (KJV)

 

(Summary: example of seekers: God, shepherds, Jesus, noble woman)

 

Guarantee of finding what you seek.

 

Matt 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:   (KJV)

 Matt 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.   (KJV)

 Prov 11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.   (KJV)

 Isa 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.   (KJV)

Summary: if you seek you shall find……..what ever you seek you shall get)

 Priority for seekers

Ps 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.   (KJV)

 

Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   (KJV)

 

Summary: First seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, seek to dwell in His house)

God’s expectations

Ps 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.   (KJV)

 

(Summary God expects all men to seek Him, He is only found by those who seek Him!!)

When to seek the Lord

Ps 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;   (KJV)

 

Eccl 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;   (KJV). Prov 22:6

 

(Summary: Every day very early, at early days of life so that our minds are saturated with Him)

 

How long shall we seek Him

Ps 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.   (KJV)

 

Ps 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.   (KJV)

 

(Summary: Seek the LORD forever, let it be your habit, your tradition)

 Applications

Are you a seeker of God? What is your name?.....a joker? A eater? A seeker of pleasure? But ..I am a seeker of God,.. God seekers (GS)….God seekers club(GSC), Seeker of God(SOG).

 

Prayer and commitment

  1. 1.         Make a decision to be a seeker of God all the days of your life.
  2. 2.         Tell God to make you a seeker of His heart like David!! Example Psalms 132:4-5
  3. 3.         Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled: Matt 5:6
  4. 4.         Ask for a hunger and thirst after God (My soul follows hard after thee oh God) Psalms 63:8