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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 16, 2014 - Seek and Search and Find

By Gary Rogers

"You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13, NASB).

Those who received this challenge from Jeremiah were away from God. The people of Israel had abandoned God, and judgment came by way of Babylonian captivity. Now a long distance from home and without access to the temple, God gave Jeremiah a message to share. God wanted Israel to know He was still available. The challenge from God was, "You need to search and seek for Me again."

God was not lost. God was not in hiding. God was right where He was when Israel turned away from Him.

This brings up a question for us to consider. Can a person who has known God be so far from Him that it takes seeking and searching for God to be found again? I believe this Scripture reveals to us the answer is yes.

Again and again I find things trying to come between me and my relationship with the Lord. Temptation and sin try to build a wall. Wrong priorities attempt to build a barrier that limits access. Cold indifference and apathy work on my heart and mind to alienate me from the Lord.

Self-sufficiency and pride cause a resistance to the Holy Spirit and His revelation of my need for the Lord. If I become passive or spiritually idle, numerous influences attempt to push God further and further away.

The remedy is for me to seek and search for God. My seeking heart reveals to me a God so infinite I have yet to receive a complete knowledge and understanding of Him. So I seek. As I seek, my heart is motivated to search out new revelations of God's nature. I ask, "What has yet to be revealed to me concerning the nature of God?" So I search. This seeking and searching draws me closer and closer to the Lord.

I believe the message from God through Jeremiah points to the key. It is the key not only for returning to God, but also for staying close to God. I want my hunger and desire for God to intensify. I don't want temptation or sin, wrong priorities, indifference or apathy, self-sufficiency or pride, or anything else to limit my access to God. The answer is to seek and search for God and He will be found.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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