God Gold of the Day

‘ Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!’

Psalms 105:4 

Seek week. What is it? Why would you want to do it? Well, I’m hoping in the next few words I can answer all the questions you may have and get you jacked up for SEEK WEEK!!!!

Just to give you some background, I’ve always struggled with discipline in my life. Living with discipline in all the areas of my life has been tough for me and I’ve always had this phrase I say that justifies living with lack of it, “that’s just the way I am.” That phrase is something I’ve believed to be true for a lot of the years of my life but coming to know Jesus and seeing, experiencing and believing in His transforming power, that statement is completely FALSE!!!! And as much as it hurts to hear that myself, if you have ever used that as a cop out not to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone, well, I’m praying this week will open you up also to see how false that is when we see ourselves in the light and power of Christ!

As I’ve struggled with discipline, creating good daily habits has been tough so creating the daily habit of setting aside time to get in God’s Word, pray and just be with Him, that’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Just a daily devotion time, that’s it, it doesn’t sound that hard but with all the many distractions in this world we face always grabbing at our attention, along with our stubbornness to change, this “quiet time” with God seems nearly impossible most days. It’s been quite a journey for me to make this habit of waking up and getting in God’s Word daily. Even with sending these daily messages, a lot of the time it’s more random content than anything I’ve actually got from a “quiet time.” Sounds crazy, a guy who sends daily devotion messages struggling with having a “quiet time.” But it’s true and if that’s you too, GREAT!!! We can continue learning together through this!

Lately, I’ve gotten better about waking up and getting in God’s Word but the question I’ve found myself asking most days is, “am I just reading my Bible or actually spending time with the Lord, truly seeking Him???” First off, I wouldn’t even care about opening my Bible every morning but seeing more and more how much of a wreck I am without God, I’m at a point in my journey with Christ that I have realized how great my NEED is for Him!! But the question still remains, “am I just reading my Bible or actually spending time with the Lord?”

“SEEK WEEK” came to me after a couple of days getting up, getting in my Bible and then going throughout my day not even able to tell you what I read. Think about that? How can I grow in God’s truth if I’m not really IN IT? How can I apply His Word to my life if it only stays in my head as words on a page instead of being intimate, personal moments of seeking His presence in my life?? That’s where “SEEK WEEK,” came from, seeing how many days I spend that “quiet time” or “devotion” time with God and neither am I quiet enough to really hear the truth He wants me to hear or devoted enough to seek God with all I have. It’s called, “going through the motions” and man is it easy to do. You may be in a place in your life where you are going through the motions in the time you spend with God. Well, this week is designed to put an end to that, to say goodbye to “that’s just how I am” and say hello to a life lived in surrender to God’s truth, seeking His presence CONTINUALLY, and undergoing the process of growth that comes from being still before God.

Why is this so important? Well, I too asked the same question for a long time and it’s hard to see it as that important when everything in life seems to be good, nice and comfortable? That’s the problem with going through the motions, doing our little “devotion” time and going about our day chasing the wants and desires of our flesh, living to please ourselves and wondering why we are the same as we were yesterday. I noticed in my own life when I start the day going through the motions in my time with the Lord then it’s like a disease that spread to every area of my life throughout the rest of my day. If you start with going through the motions, then you can expect to continue going through the motions of life day after day.

What stinks about that is when we go through the motions in that “quiet time” and it leads us to apply that same mentality to the rest of the areas in our life, we are also going through the motions with God which leads us to continue doing that as we go throughout our day. I can tell you from experience last week, one day going through the motions in my quiet time and the rest of my day was a STRUGGLE! In everything I did, I just felt like I wasn’t enough, didn’t have what it takes, and it effected me and even bigger the lives around me. That really stinks because of choosing my want for comfort instead of my NEED for God, not only do I suffer but so do others around me that God has called me to serve and love with the message of His Good News!

I am fired up about SEEK WEEK because I know I desperately need God and to start my day not going through the motions with Him but actually seeking His presence, seeking His strength, and His provision, protection and peace in my life. I’m even more fired up to share this week with you so that you too can stop going through the motions and spend some quality time with the One who has given it all to give you this life you have. It’s not going to be easy but as we step out of our comfort zones and embrace the truth that God will teach us about Himself and also the truth about just how broken we are. It may be tough but it’s going to be SOOO WORTH IT! I don’t know about you but I’m tired of going through the same old motions day after day and seeing no fruit from my lack of surrender. We need God and He is so gracious to always be there for us when we call on Him, let’s not live our lives in our comfortable little bubbles, facing our problems with lies of “that’s just how I am.” We have born again with Christ to new life so NO, that’s not just how we are and that’s not who we have to be!!!! God calls us for more and gives us 24 hours a day to seek His more and live in His more!!!

So this is how SEEK WEEK will go, everyday I will send out one verse and that’s it. No words of mine or anything else just God’s pure Gold!!! And with that verse I challenge you to SEEK God. Spend some time to deeply meditate on what God is telling you, shut off our your racing thoughts of what you want it to mean or what you’ve got planned in your day, shut it all down and be still before God. Some things that have helped me recently to not just read it and move on through the motions is to;

  1. Write the verse down. This helps you hold it to your memory as you go throughout your day and as you write you have the chance to think deeper on each Word.
  2. Pray over God’s Word. Praying God’s Word over your life is so powerful, as you speak His truth out loud you are speaking this truth over your life. Also, you are praying so in that time ask God to help you see His truth in it, what it means, how this is to be applied, and ask God for help in living it. You have the chance to take your voice to God for help, He will never disappoint so don’t pass this time up.
  3. Putting away your phone or anything that could be distracting. This is a time to be still before God and we have an enemy that is a master at distracting us, taking our attention away from God. Why? Because the enemy knows how much stronger you’ll be after really spending time with God. Let go of distractions and focus in on God.
  4. Don’t overthink it. I don’t know about you but my thoughts are wild and will take me a million different directions. The tough thing about this is when our thoughts are going everywhere, we’re not spending time to really hear God, be still, and let His Spirit strengthen and speak truth into your life.
  5. Context is everything. It’s easy to read the verse, take it at surface level and read what you want to hear with it. I have a problem with this and if you’re human I’m sure you do too. We are self-centered and even when reading God’s Word we will seek the truth that we want to hear, the truth that makes us feel good and keeps us in our comfort zone. The TRUTH is, God’s Word isn’t meant to keep us comfortable in our ways, it’s there to reveal to us the depth of our brokenness and the steps of faith that will need to be taken to move out of the temporary pleasure we want into the eternal, FULL LIFE God has for us as we move faithfully. I said context is everything because looking over the whole chapter or book that the verse is found in is a way to detour us from getting our truth out of it and see God’s actual truth and intention in His Words. Don’t just take it at face value and get what you want, dig deeper and get the goodness that God has for you.
  6. Seek God. During this time, the most important thing to do is just seek God, seek His heart, seek to learn more about who He is, how He feels about you and your identity in Him as a child of God. Don’t complicate it too much, just seek God intimately and personally as the Father He is in your life, in this relationship you have with Him, treat like just that, a loving relationship. Grow in Him and seek His presence continually.
  7. Embrace the discipline. The last one and probably my least favorite with how much I love discipline. As much as it’s not fun to embrace change and building a habit, just continue to remember your desperate need for God and why this is important in the first place. Without God you have nothing, you don’t have what it takes, and life is hard. But with God, you still face the same day except with Him at the lead the day looks, feels and you live it a lot differently. Remember your WHY when you want to go through the motions or skip a day. It may not be easy at first but after a while it be a piece of cake, and the best tasting cake you’ve ever tasted without a doubt.
  8. It’s bigger than you. Of course starting the day to seek God is personal but the effects of that time spent with God is bigger than you. We go to God for strength, provision and protection so we can live out the “bigger than me” mission He’s called us to. As we rest in His loving presence, in His strength, as we live in Him and through Him, others lives will be affected, changed even and some may hear your excitement about your experience with God and decide to experience God themselves. It starts with you and God and with God in it, He always makes it bigger than just you!

Praying for you in this challenge of SEEK WEEK!!!!! God has so much more for us and the world around us, let’s not waste any more time going through the motions but instead seek God and embrace His more!!!!

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