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Seeking the Lord


Ps105 4 seek His strength


Scripture: Psalm 105:1-4


I. Introduction: Where does God fit in your life? Is He first and foremost in your thinking, or is He an afterthought? Many people pursue wealth, popularity, security, or whatever else they think can bring them peace. They forget not only that God will provide all they need, but also that He does so more abundantly than they could imagine.


II. As Christians, we are meant to continually seek the Lord and His will for our lives. If we seek Him, it shows that we desire a deeper, more intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. Salvation is just the beginning, and as we learn, our desire to understand Him should only continue grow. That is the wonder of getting to know our unfathomable God.


III. The Christian life is more than trusting Jesus Christ as Savior, joining a church, and getting baptized. The Christian life is about having a serious relationship with the God who created us, has power over all things, and has made awesome promises to His children. This is why we are to seek Him first; everything else remains secondary.


IV. Why should we seek the Lord?

  • A. Unbelievers need to seek God because:
    1. Iniquities will hide His face from them (Isa. 59:1-2). Those content to live with sin are separated from God. They may offer prayers to Him when disaster strikes, but He won’t hear.
    2. They will be exposed to the wrath of God (Rom. 1:8). Those who turn away from the Lord and continue to practice things that displease Him will experience discipline.
    3. Eventually, God will give them over to a depraved mind (Rom. 1:28). A depraved mind can’t form right judgments. When people reject the gospel time and time again, their hearts begin to harden to the point they no longer respond to God. That’s why it’s dangerous to ignore the leading of the Holy Spirit.
    4. They will continue to misunderstand Scripture (1 Cor. 2:14-16). Unbelievers are without spiritual discernment and can’t understand the ways of God. He can only begin to work in our lives when we recognize our need and confess our sins.
    5. Remember, the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), not just in the physical sense. Those who don’t accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are dead spiritually and will experience the eternal death spoken of in the twentieth chapter of the book of Revelation.
  • B. Believers should seek God because He wants to conform us to the likeness of His Son. There are times when we distance ourselves from the Lord because we aren’t focused on Him with our whole hearts.


V. We must seek the Lord…

  • A. With All Our Hearts (Jer. 29:10). God must be our priority if we want to know Him intimately. This means we must confess our sins and submit to His will (Isa. 55:6-7). Nothing should take precedence over to the treasure we have in Christ.
  • B. Diligently (Prov. 8:17). A true desire to know God means we put all other things aside and aren’t distracted.
  • C. Continually (Ps. 105:4). Nothing is too insignificant to be lifted to God in prayer. We must seek His mind about decisions and plans in our lives.
  • D. Confidently (Heb. 11:6). God wants to speak to all believers and work in their lives. Know that the Father will provide His best at the right time.
  • E. Humbly (Ps. 10:4). The only assurance we have in life is Jesus. Failing to recognize our dependence on Him can make us arrogant and deserving of reprimand.


VI. An unbeliever must seek the Lord while He may be found (Isa. 55:6). Each time a lost person feels convicted by the Holy Spirit but chooses to reject Him, his heart is hardened. Eventually, that person will become so calloused that it will become impossible to respond to that call.


VII. Conclusion: As believers, we should be seeking God because He is certainly seeking us. He desires to sit on the throne in each of our hearts. We must listen to Him so He can bless us with His best and work His will in our lives.


(by Dr. Charles Stanley. Copyright 2011 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.)