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God Seeker

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God Seeker

 

Ezra 8:22b The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”

How many of us truly seek God? We seek a “good” church, an “inspiring” pastor, “insightful” teaching, “fulfilling” programs, “meaningful” fellowship, to be healed inside and out, to feel good about ourselves, and the list goes on. But how many of us truly seek God? Hosea 13:6

In general, most seem to be more concerned with finding the “right” church than spending time with God – seeking Him and communing with Him in His Word one-on-one as a passionate bride.

Interestingly in the past couple of years, I’ve noticed many of my acquaintances feeling restlessness in their spirits; something is missing, unfulfilling, and off. They assume it is time to find a new church. But what if that restlessness is God calling them to Him, not another church? God wants a personal intimate relationship with us, but most are too busy trying to cultivate a relationship with the “right” church. He is stirring spirits to draw near to Him. But instead of turning to God and seeking Him, they continue to seek what won’t fulfill.

Amos 5:5-6 But do not seek Bethel (house of God, church), Nor enter Gilgal, Nor pass over to Beersheba; For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, And Bethel shall come to nothing. 6 Seek the Lord and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, And devour it, With no one to quench it in Bethel—

For years I grew up seeking the things of “Bethel” and my life was a mess. I had no idea what death and destruction filled my days because I was blinded to my own state as I was reassured by others I was on the right path. But now that I have been seeking God for some time the difference in my life between now and then is enormous. I still have a long way to go, but finally I am moving forward instead of circles. I was trapped in bondage, affliction, and pain. I was trapped in myself. But when I started seeking God– He starting bringing me into freedom, healing, truth, true life, peace, rest, and joy, because I was brought into Him. Most Christians are settling for a life far below what Christ came to give because they are seeking the wrong thing – the church system instead of Him.

Most have a religion not a relationship. Most seek Bethel, the church system, and its programs, teaching, fellowship, and leaders but not God. But without a heart after God all these things are meaningless. And this is why the church is in the state it is – far from truth and full of starving souls trapped in deception. Few seek to know God in His Word and trust Him to teach them about Him, but this is what He desires of us. And this is the path to true life.

Seeking God starts by abiding in His Word, one-on-one. The Bible is His Words to us. It peeks into His will, purpose, character, and heart drawing us closer to Him. Once we are building upon the foundation of His Word in our lives, not some other man’s truth or interpretation, then all our other actions are molded in His truth – prayer, worship, fellowship, meditation, and so on. Otherwise all we do is established upon sand and not the Rock.

God made it simple for us – seek Him, and He will take care of the rest Matthew 6:33. Who or what are you truly seeking? Now is the time for the deep honest reflection because those seeking Bethel will be lead astray because they are following man not God. Jeremiah 50:6

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

17 thoughts on “God Seeker

  1. Good afternoon. What a timely message. Many are so busy with fitting into a structure that they neglect their first love. I’ve been in such a situation before which is why I’ve changed churches so often over the years. But when we have a closeness to the Lord, the ambiet situation becomes a non-factor. As the apostle Paul stated that he had learned to be content in any situation, our peace doesn’t depend on circumstances.

    The picture atop your blog is awesome. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  2. Very insightful.
    I understand, totally, the difference between seeking God and seeking His ‘stuff’ (…like Bethel).
    There is a place for the church…, but I can’t help but to remember Jesus’ words:
    “You make disciples, I’ll build My church…”
    and…
    “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of things will be given to you as well…”

    Peace to you, In Christ.

  3. Rachel,
    First time here. Excellent post. I am a firm believer in relationship first, then church. Besides, church is wherever two or more are gathered in his name.

    May you be blessed as you go out,
    Richard

  4. Hey Sis..
    (((Hugz)))) Your posts always makes me ponder after I read it. I realize alot of what you wrote are things I myself have been noticing as well lately. I’m sad to see at times how the Lord is put aside for programs and other activities to draw people in. What ever happened to giving them Jesus, the word, and truth. I was so happy you dropped by today, you bless my heart with your sisterness and encouragement.

    Blessings of all things beautiful
    that the Lord sends your way today and always…

    Lorie

  5. You spoke my heart-thanks

  6. Amen Rachel! the sonofperdition &familly teach him to be the continual hand-me-down-Peter/rock of Jesus’church. WRONG! —THE FACT of God’s Spirit revealing truth to the individual IS the ROCK!!! — is this fact not a greater show of God’s power than all previous miricals?

  7. Dear Rachel, I just can’t believe you’re posting sooooo many mails one after the other without stopping – I already received over 50 Mails within less than one hour and they keep coming in, one after the other. If it doesn’t stop, I’l have to “undescribe”….I’d rather not do that, but I can’t keep up with it. I’ve posted the following (in blue), may be on the wrong site – sorry. I do hope, you are stopping sending so many mails now – please – it really is too much. It’s nearly 60 mails now !!!! Could YOU read 60 mails in one evening ??? God bless you, Thesi

    Dear Rachel, please PLEASE stop overwhelming me (us?) by posting so many mails, I can’t possibly read them all…!!!!!! God bless you, but please think of us! LESS would be more – I’m sorry, I’m just erasing one after the other without reading them, I can’t possibly sit for hours on the computer just reading all those mails, it’s just too much – sorry. God bless you all the same! Thesi

  8. Hello Rachel, it’s me again. Your mails keep on coming in – I’m scared, that my computer will have a break down soon….!!! Could it be, that this is not you sending so many mails, but it’s something automatic, which your computer, or some kind of system, is doing ??? Even while I’m writing this, they keep on coming in, going on for 70 mails !!!! I do hope, you see this and manage to stop those mails beeing sent. I do think, that it can’t be you doing this ?!? If this carries on all night, I may have a thousand mails in the morning……oh dear…. Bless your soul all the same, you may be totally innocent, not doing this on purpose…!?!?!?

    Dear Rachel, I just can’t believe you’re posting sooooo many mails one after the other without stopping – I already received over 50 Mails within less than one hour and they keep coming in, one after the other. If it doesn’t stop, I’l have to “undescribe”….I’d rather not do that, but I can’t keep up with it. I’ve posted the following (in blue), may be on the wrong site – sorry. I do hope, you are stopping sending so many mails now – please – it really is too much. It’s nearly 60 mails now !!!! Could YOU read 60 mails in one evening ??? God bless you, Thesi

    Dear Rachel, please PLEASE stop overwhelming me (us?) by posting so many mails, I can’t possibly read them all…!!!!!! God bless you, but please think of us! LESS would be more – I’m sorry, I’m just erasing one after the other without reading them, I can’t possibly sit for hours on the computer just reading all those mails, it’s just too much – sorry. God bless you all the same! Thesi

  9. Hello Rachel, I can’t believe I got almost 100 Mails from you yesterday, the last one at 22:42, the first one at 18:28. I can’t believe you sat all those hours behind your computer sending mail after mail…. I have no idea, if you got my mails and my “help- and please stop-cry” ???? I would be very grateful, if you would reply and let me know what happend, why I got so many mails. It’s not “normal”. Did your computer do that all by itself and am I the only “victim” of getting such a huge amount of mails ???? Please let me know the reasons for this and of course I hope that this won’t happen again. Thank you all the same for all your good writing, but I hope you understand, that I had to put them all in the rubbish bin, it was just too much. Eating good food is healthy, but “stuffing” oneself certainly not – and that’s what happened yesterday…. God bless you, Thesi

    • Hi, I am so sorry about that! When I re-posted my blogs it re-sent them to everyone. I didn’t realize this until I saw all of them in my email as well. I greatly apologize! But all my old posts are up. Again, so sorry!!

  10. I read your “God Seeker” (April 2009) and some others and although I believe I understand why you took them down, they do pertain and are and will be beneficial to those who need confirmation along their individual path. When I “was turned” to God by God some 40 plus years ago, I came out of no church system, was fellowshipping with no one, and was very much alone in my “predicament”. I contemplated for weeks of where to go, who to talk to and what to do. I was sitting alone and there was a bible on the table in front of me which I may have scantily read and thumbed through in my past. As I looked at it and picked it up, I brushed through the pages without reading anything that I can remember. It was a daunting thought to read and to begin to understand what it all meant…even though deep down I had a good idea of where it all would lead… or at least describe. For most of my life, I did not have any great desire to be rich…or famous…nor did I imagine myself in any greatness in the eyes of others.

    There was a simple desire to love…and to be loved. It was not long until I realized it was not so much about being loved by others for I could not control what others thought and did. It became increasingly clear that the love I sought would come from God, through Christ, and the love I sought to give could also only come from them, before it could be mirrored onto others. As I came to understand it was a progression from the natural to the spiritual God allowed me to understand what it was to understand the spiritual from the natural written word. I as not necessarily believing I would find God in this written letter of this book before me…and it proved to be a right assumption. The bible taught and confirmed my desires and intent to know Him but I could not be “proud” of what I was seeing and understanding as I realized words written on a page was only an exterior explanation of what was happening inside our very beings.

    As I sought no other human being to teach me I was lead to believe if In I would apply myself to walking toward this unction within my spirit I would eventually come to know Him…but this would be at His discretion and according to His will.

    I say these things because I confirm your same thought process in coming to know Him by concentration on Him and not all those around us. We are to love all and be beneficial to all when required but we must realize it is not others who can give us answers or His likeness or will. We must remain single in heart and mind…through our faults and mistakes just as King David. He was a prisoner to his natural desires, as we, but he kept his eye on the goal, not letting his many faults and failures turn him from seeking the likeness of God, as He was given this understanding to pursue. We also, must not let our carnal nature turn us, nor those around us who would seek our friendship according to their understanding of the law. Humans are basically herd animals and had rather remain in groups for security for they find security in numbers as do herd animals. To be called outside the camp and to walk with God is a pretty lonely experience in the flesh but the filling of the spirit within is a fullness which gives contentment, peace, and a “knowing” in a spiritual sense where you do not listen to the crowd but that still small voice.

    Man may run in a herd environment ( outward church) until God has left such a one in it until they “see” they have been worshipping the great imposter, the false women as described in Revelation. We must be subjected to the false to have an understanding of the true so we do not ridicule nor condemn but simply to describe and teach about the “woman” ( false church) so that we who have came out from among her can confirm to others if they are seeking the same to come out and not be partakers of her sins of leading others astray in bidding them to come to her (outward building and church) instead of pointing all to God through Christ.

    My method of writing is most similar to those you took down as it is more direct and to the point in contrast to the postings about love and forgiveness you continued to write in and about. However love is not so much about feelings as it is about obedience, as Paul so aptly described as being obedient was the path to love foe if we love God we will obey God. Paul suffers greatly as did it other apostles and disciples and prophets in the Old Testament as they did not necessarily want to deliver the messages to those in power, whether it be king or priest…but…they obeyed, sometimes grumbling and complaining all the while. They certainly were not feeling “love” as an emotion but because they loved God they “obeyed” Him.

    We must do the same. We may not feel a closeness at times as Gos withdraws from us to test us… but we must desire to please Him by “obedience” and not some false feeling of “togetherness” we so often see in groups do herds of people.

    So do we move forward in that small still voice encouraging us to listen to Him and only Him or do we find momentarily pleasure in pleasing those around us? All will be brought to completion in their calling and time, just as we wI’ll be as individuals. There is a method and a process to each of us as individuals so we “must” respect and tolerate those of varying views as Paul made it clear that he became all things to all people…meaning he could place himself where they were and bring that person to where he was if God permitted. We can only help if we perceive where another is in their journey without condemnation and critcism of what they understand or believe. The matured can only teach the immature, it cannot be the other way around. There is a 30, 60, and 100 fold maturing process and callings.

    So… yes it is necessary to teach and love others by pointing out the uncomfortableness the carnal mind will encounter in instruction…so if we love…we obey…and if we obey…we will often not be loved for our words of instruction. None of us like to tell others anything…but it is required of some of us…and when all eventually bend the knee to the will of God as the bible says, we then can end the “telling of a thing.”

    Ecclesiastes: there is a time and place for all things…reproof, correction, sadness and joy…all lead to a oneness in Him.

    • Hi Sonny,

      It was good to hear your story … parts I hadn’t heard before. It helps me to understand your perspective a bit more.

      Over the years of sharing, I’ve witnessed how unique we all are that stems from the beliefs that we hold at the time. Beliefs are an interesting creative entity.

      God taught me layer upon layer ..and as I look back I see how he lead me toward truth and deeper into truth. What I know today, I couldn’t have received in the beginning because it was too different from my current belief. So little by little he has moved me in my perspectives, understandings, and awareness. He is our perfect Teacher through his Spirit who teaches us, because he is the one who truly knows were we are at and what brick we need next to lead us to the understanding and awareness he desires for us. This is why I’ve always have said to trust him as your teacher, he teaches in a way that no other person outside of ourselves can. Once you experience this type of instruction you understand why Christ said that one was your teacher, the “Christ”, the aspect of the Father’s spirit that was a part of him. However, our Father can use others … he can bring people into our lives who are at a similar place and through them, our growing and learning is enhanced. So it isn’t one or the other, but both, but in their proper order with God being our master teacher.

      In understanding my own journey, I realize now I can’t simply tell someone something no matter how much sense it makes to me and them simply “get it”. They only understand if they are in a similar place as I am. If we are less mature than another we reject their understandings, if we are more mature we understand where they are coming from and realize we were once there too.

      Sharing our journey can be profoundly helpful. Because if someone is where we are at, then it can be a great encouragement and helps us to continue to grow and move forward. However this can also mislead us if we think beliefs are static instead of being dynamic. We are crafted in “life” and in life we continue to grow … and growth comes from an ever expansion of our awareness thus our beliefs.

      Rachel

  11. You said on your last sentence about beliefs:

    However this can also mislead us if we think beliefs are static instead of being dynamic. We are crafted in “life” and in life we continue to grow … and growth comes from an ever expansion of our awareness thus our beliefs. End quote.

    My sentiments exactly about the word believe. I study individual words as I believe all words when understood in the spiritual shows movement, action and accomplishment as does the word believe. Believe, when understood in the spirit, (hebrew Old Testament meaning) it was not a word describing a thing or knowing about something that happened or a set of rules, it was an action word and it could not and cannot be separated from participation. To fulfill the meaning of the word believe for example we cannot simply know that there is a love or to know about love as in a story form; we must become that love to truly believe.

    Most words when understood correctly will show this same involvement in action in becoming the word…just as we are instructed to become “like” the true word which is Christ. When we become in the full substance of who Christ is we will have truly “believed”.

    Although I believe you see this or it will register immediately I share it for those who see words apart from “being” or action as in becoming the word for all words truly depict and explain the spiritual being, not the natural word, in reality.

    Sonny

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