“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1Chronicles 16:11 (KJV)
This is the perfect example of a message that I would call a “side journey”. To be a side journey means that this message doesn’t belong to a teaching series, and it’s not meant to be a devotional. It’s just something that’s been burning in my heart for a while, and it’s not a personal message or anything else. It’s the classic side journey message that comes from a spontaneous nudge by the Holy Ghost. So, without any further delay…let’s get into this message and find out what God has to say to us through it.
Seek His Face Always
I hope everyone isn’t having too bad of a work week. I know it just started, but some times all it takes for a week to spiral out of control is a bad Monday, Amen!?! So, I am guessing that many of you are needing this message, and who am I to stand in the way of the Holy Ghost when He wants to speak to us!?! After all, how many of you know that when it comes to writing these messages I have to continually seek His will, His strength, and His guidance? So, when He drops something into my heart, and allows it to stay there with a slow yet steady burn…I know it’s just a matter of time before the unction and utterance is there backed by a message inspired by the Holy Ghost. That is why my messages are different from others. I don’t just write a message to write it…I only write when the anointing is there. While many say the “anointing is always there” because the Holy Ghost lives in me. However, how many of you know that while it is true that the anointing to write is always there…it’s not always the right time or place to deliver a message. That’s what discernment is all about. I knew there was a message here, but how many of you know that if I’d just write to write it wouldn’t be inspired by the Holy Ghost…and it wouldn’t have His supernatural anointing behind it!?!
In one of the most well-known verses we’re told in this in Proverbs…
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
In all of our ways we’re to seek and acknowledge God for direction. We’re supposed to do this as Jeremiah 29:13 says “with our whole heart”. The good news is that when we seek God’s face with all of our heart He also says in Jeremiah 29:13 that we will find Him. The thing of it is the more I seek Him the more I realize that I need God’s help to write these messages, and like I said a moment ago…if the anointing isn’t there I wait until it is. I mean, that’s how messages inspired and breathed by the Holy Ghost get written they don’t come from head or heart knowledge they come from Him. I sat down days ago to write this, and there wasn’t any anointing on it. However, as I sit here right now today there is a flow to this message that comes only by yielding and knowing that this is the right time to write it, and the flow is there because the Holy Ghost is giving it to me.
Seek the Lord and His face…seek Him continually. Not long ago I wrote about praying without ceasing, studying the word daily, and working out our own salvation daily. I said this because at the time I was writing about how judgmental we can be, and since then I’ve learned that I’ve become even less judgmental today then I was when I wrote about it. That’s because I’ve come to understand that with all the things that God expects me to do daily and continual basis I have much more time to judge my own walk with God, and even less time to look around at someone else’s.
I’ve come to understand that if you are spending time judging other believers on their struggles, their walk, their sins, or whatever you are standing in judgment of them for…that’s a pretty good indication that you have too much time on your hands spent not focusing on your own walk with God. The moment I started spending more time looking inward than outward I discovered that continually seeking God’s face is a full-time job. There is always something for me to seek God’s face about even if it’s something as silly as working on the ministry blog or posting a scripture or having a contest or whatever it is. Friends, it may shock you to know this, but when it comes to Christlike Ministries NWA I don’t do anything unless I have the full backing and leading of the Lord. Even something as seemingly unimportant as updating the ministry blog.
Look, I want everything I do with, for, and through the ministry to be fit for the King of kings and Lord of lords. So, I spent the entire weekend cleaning up, re-arranging, and completely overhauling the ministry website at www.christlikeministriesnwa.com. Why? Because I felt the nudge in my heart that it was time to fix it, make it look nicer, and improve the experience for my readers. I mean, the ministry is now being seen all over the world, and I want what people to see to look like it’s done by someone who cares about everything…even the details of how the ministry site looks. Because the truth is this ministry really is about my worship, my service, and my passion to please God. So, I spent the entire past weekend making the site look like it does today.
That’s just the ministry. That doesn’t cover the amount of revelation that comes to me about how much I need to improve as a father, a husband, a son, a dog owner, and more. There is so much in me that still needs to be handed over to Jesus for Him to hand back to me redeemed and changed, but that all takes continually seeking His face in order for it to get where I and God want things in my life to be. I’ve become less judgmental just for the simple fact that I truly realize that I have enough to worry about on my own plate to even think that I have a free moment to even look for a stone. Friends, taking the time to even look for a stone to throw at someone is a sin in itself because it’s done out of pride…and the worst kind of pride of all…Spiritual pride.
Whenever I even think I have the time to look for a stone I’ve already allowed pride to enter into my heart, and I’ve also stopped looking at my own life long enough to think I have a right to judge what is going on in yours. I don’t…and neither do you. We have no right to even look for a stone to pick up because the truth is, friends, that the only one that truly has the right and deserves the right to look for a stone to throw at us is Jesus Christ. So, if you are looking for a stone…stop it. Stop looking around at what everyone else is doing because the job isn’t judging it is loving. The job isn’t to correct the behavior…the job is to point them to the One that can correct the behavior.
Friends, we in the church are not spiritual detectives or police officers. We are ambassador’s for Christ, and as His ambassadors we are to be carrying ONE MESSAGE. The message that all who desire to be reconciled to God can be through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that begins the moment they become new creations after calling upon the Lord to be saved. That is the message we are to bring to the world. That is the message we are to bring to one another. That is the message that God wants preached in the earth until it’s full of people who have nothing but love for Jesus.
Still, we think that once we get some Bible into us that qualifies us to tell others how to live and what they should or should not do. Did you ever stop for a moment to think that all that stuff you are judging in someone else God is trying to show you that He’s trying to deliver you from? That log that your pointing at in someone else’s eye is there because YOU have that very same log in your own eye. God isn’t trying to get you to deal with them about it…He is trying to deal with YOU about it.
You see, friends, if we’re continually seeking His face then we would understand that almost everything He shows us in someone else isn’t because He wants to deliver it out of someone else…it’s because He wants to deliver it out of US. I have learned that if I see things in someone else I don’t like the first thing I need to do is check if God is showing me that what I’m seeing is something I am doing…and if it’s not it may be something that He’s showing me He doesn’t want me to be doing. Either way whenever I see things in others my first instinct isn’t to correct the behavior in them…it’s to ask the Lord if that behavior is in me…and if it is then to correct it in me.
I’m so glad I have a God that invites and encourages me to seek His face always. I’m glad that I have a God that is approachable, knowable, and wants to know me. I’m so thankful that God has an open door policy…how about you!?!
Oh Lord, why do you have to spend so much time dealing with us on how judgmental we are of one another? Forgive us, Lord. Forgive us for being so prideful that we think we even have a right to look for a stone. Help us, Father God, to be ambassadors for You. Help us to be people of grace, mercy, and love. Help us always to remember that the things we do will either draw people to You or push them away from You. We want to be the kind of people who draw people to You, and heal the ones that have been pushed away from You. We love You Lord, and thank You for taking the time to speak to us today. Lord, I ask that You would prepare ears that will hear and hearts that will be receptive and respond to what You spoke to us through this message today. In Jesus name. Amen & Amen
I’m so glad that I’ve learned to wait on the Lord. I was all excited to write about this verse, but I had no idea there was so much more behind what the Lord was desiring to say through it. This is the way I love writing messages. Whether it’s a devotional message, a teaching series message, or a side journey like this one, I always want the anointing and unction of the Holy Ghost. When He gets involved these are the kind of messages that may not always draw the most likes, but I bet this message will get some of you thinking about what He wants you to think about. I’m just humbled that I get to be the avenue in which He chose to speak this through. It’s amazing to be able to write like this, and I’ve enjoyed every message. Some are certainly harder to write than others, but I enjoy being able to use a gift that God blessed me with like this.
Let’s make sure that we’re spending more time seeking His face, and less time looking around at what every one else is doing. Amen!?!
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Blessings & Grace;