(11 Aug 2010)
"Seek Ye First"
I spent some time
recently thinking about how God works in our lives, especially when we
are in desparate need for help that is outside our abilities to
achieve. Of course, He also works when we are not screaming out in
emotional or physical pain and grief, but we ten often, I think, to
forget these times. He is always at our side and is active in seeing
that we form an ever closer relationship to Himself, Jesus and the Holy
An outcome of my thoughts are the following 10
actions which I suggest for review prior to imploring God for help in
our everyday problems. The order of the actions follows the priority I
think is important, starting with straightening our basic relationship
with God before all else.
I did not provide Scriptural
verses to justify these actions, because I am sure they are all too
familiar to most Christians. However, as an exercise to make the
imprinting of these actions more powerful in your own mind, you might
stop after each action description to see if you know of the verses
from Holy Scripture that support the thought that is expressed there.
If you do this exercise, I would love to see the verses you selected!
TEN ACTIONS WE CAN DO
We must get our own relationship with God and His Son aligned to His
will. We must confess our known and unknown sins (lust of the eyes,
lust of the flesh and pride of life) and repent of our unfaithful
behavior. We absolutely need to start with ourselves, rather than
seeking someone or something else to blame for our troubles Our
troubles are often our own fault because we have an inborn tendency to
stray away from God's protective presence (called sinning), by not
praying and reading the Word He has provided.
2) We must
completely surrender our free will to His will and present ourselves as
instruments or agents for His will both in our own lives and in
the lives of others. If we are in a good relationship with God,
Remember, He can and does empower others to work for our benefit, often
unknown to us at the time. However, if we are not in good standing with
God,He cannot easily work through those that can affect the outcome of
our life decisions.
3) We must forgive all, as He forgives
all knowing that they know not what they are doing when they try to
live separate from His lovingkindness and care. We are all members of
His eternal family, after we accept the sacrifice He provided in Jesus
death and resurrection, and we need to love others as He loves us all
even though at times we may fail to trust in Him completely, or to lean
on His understanding instead of our own.
4) Again, we must
let Him have His way in our life, let go of the steering wheel so to
speak, so that He can work unhindered by our ignorant meddling in what
He does best and truly enjoys doing for us. Usually He knows and can
bring about better results than we can even imagine from our limited
viewpoint Trapped in a three-dimensional world of sense, we
cannot see the ends that are associated with actions and thoughts that
seem trivial and inconsequential to us, but are not so in the reality
of higher dimensional understanding.
5) We must rest in
the comfort of His grace, which is sufficient for our every need. He is
ever present with unlimited resources to do what is needed, even to
perform miracles, to see that His ways are fulfilled and that we come
at last to enjoy the peace and happiness He meant for us since the
beginning. We must know completely that He wants what will bring us
joy, peace and complete wellness while we are here on earth in this
mortal body. He needs to have our trust at all times.
We must use our opportunities to help others with needs while we wait
for our needs to be tended to. We should of course ask for His guidance
so that our meddling arrogance does not overflow into the lives of
others and create more stumbling blocks for God to remove.
We must never fear that He will not do what He promised for His
children who pray in the name of His dearest Son, Jesus. He will never
leave us nor forsake us and wants above everything else that we return
to His loving arms where we belong.
8) We must display our
faith by the actions and words we use in our relationships with persons
on this side of heaven, so that unbelievers will be motivated to search
out the basis of our spiritual strength and eventually turn in trust to
Jesus for salvation.
9) We must actively maintain our
relationship with God by stopping every evil thought coming seemingly
out of nowhere from the fallen ones who desire our destruction. We need
to cast out such thoughts, in Jesus name, that are not perfectly
aligned with the love and forgiveness of God, as demonstrated by Jesus.
Our strength for overcoming is promised, but we must appropriate it
actively to obtain the power it contains for us.
must seek His perfect peace by staying our mind as much as possible
each day on His love and awesome power. He will forgive and save to the
uttermost everyone that trusts in His ever-present and capable efforts.
He will assist us believers, the apple of His eye and His dearly
beloved creation, until we are finally back to where we were created to
reside for eternity--by His side and in the radiance of His Son Jesus
Christ our redeemer.