Monday, October 27, 2014

Seeking the Seeker

[Isa 55:6 KJV Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:]

  1. to seek, require, desire, exact, request
  2. to resort to, seek, seek with care, enquire, require
The Lord doesn't hide from His people, He allows them to find Him, but it has a contingency. [Deu 4:29 KJV But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.]
Those "if's" in the bible have a lot of things hanging on them; promises of both blessing and cursing.

The promises that come from seeking God to name a few are; finding Him, receiving understanding, strength, healing,  rejoicing, life, protection, deliverance, good things, and to be made whole.

[1Ch 16:10-11 KJV Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.]
[Psa 34:10 KJV The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.]
[Pro 28:5 KJV Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.]

We as His creation were given the ability to choose God or our own ways. From the beginning God has warned us not to go after our ways, which is a type of Egypt. [Isa 31:1 KJV Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!] [Psa 27:4 KJV One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.]

It sounds simple, to seek the Lord. But seeking is an action that requires work. If the Lord was at the top of the hill, seeking Him would be to climb the hill until you reached Him.
[Hos 10:12 KJV Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.] It's not stopping until you get a hold of Him. Even when it seems like the Lord isn't there or rejecting even. [Gen 32:26 KJV And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.] the fact that Jacob wouldn't quit caused God to touch him and change his life forever.

God loves it when we will not let go, give up and are thirsty for Him.[Jhn 4:4 KJV And he must needs go through Samaria.] This women at the well has been remembered for thousands of years because she was thirsty. During those hidden moments in her life, she sought Him. And in turn, Jesus seeks the seeker. King David was another seeker that the Lord sought out. [Act 13:22 KJV And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.] Think for a moment, God is seeking me when I am seeking Him.

[Jhn 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.] That hour is here, get into the word, get into worship and seek the Lord Jesus, you'll never regret it.

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Friday, October 3, 2014

But God!

Elder Mike Bobbitt preached “But God”
Psa 3:1-8 KJV 1 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
The story of Absalom’s betrayal to David and his fleeing from him is found in 2 Sam 15 and 16. Elder Bobbitt began his preaching with this Psalm and story to show how circumstances can look very bad for a child of God. Even from within your own family (Mat 10:36) or the house of God, enemies can rise up against you. However the “But God” factor is in your life through the promises of God’s word and David knew this. As you read over the account of Absalom, note how he worked behind the scenes to “rob” his own father of the kingdom by influencing the people. Then you’ll see when David flees with a small accompaniment supporting him; while his kingdom turned against him. As if things couldn’t get worse, Shimei comes out with curses at David, blaming him incorrectly for the kingdom being rent from Saul. (As it was Saul who disobeyed God and God is the one that rent it from him). David responds with the light of Truth within him and Psalm 3 broken down into parts, you can see how David and us alike, looked at this situation.
Ps 3:1-2, many and increasing are my troubles and enemies. 3-4 My confidence is in God despite what it looks like. 5-6 God’s protection is greater and I can rest in this. 7-8 God will and has always caused the enemy to be speechless through His delivering power.
Jos 1:8 KJV This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Elder Bobbitt continued on reading some of the 43 “But God” scriptures in the bible and adding today’s situations in like manner. I lost my job, but God. People are spreading lies about me, but God. Sickness is trying to overcome me, but God. Family and friends have forsaken me, but God. All this evil has come against me, but God.
Ending with Josephs story, the promises in the bible are our “but God” to hold onto. So tap into the Holy Ghost power and overcome. Gen 50:20 KJV 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Below are the 43 scriptures that state, “but God”. 

Submitted by Tina Marie

Gen 20:3 KJV 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
Gen 31:7 KJV 7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
Gen 45:8 KJV 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 48:21 KJV 21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
Gen 50:20 KJV 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Exo 13:18 KJV 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 21:13 KJV 13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.
Jdg 15:19 KJV 19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
1Sa 23:14 KJV 14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
1Ch 28:3 KJV 3 But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
Psa 49:15 KJV 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Psa 64:7 KJV 7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
Psa 68:21 KJV 21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
Psa 73:26 KJV 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 75:7 KJV 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Pro 21:12 KJV 12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
Isa 17:13 KJV 13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
Jon 4:7 KJV 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
Mar 2:7 KJV 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Luk 5:21 KJV 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Luk 12:20 KJV 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 16:15 KJV 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Act 7:9 KJV 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
Act 10:28 KJV 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Act 13:30 KJV 30 But God raised him from the dead:
Rom 5:8 KJV 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 6:17 KJV 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
1Co 1:27 KJV 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 2:10 KJV 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 3:6-7 KJV 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
1Co 6:13 KJV 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Co 7:15 KJV 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
1Co 10:13 KJV 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1Co 12:24 KJV 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 15:38 KJV 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
Gal 3:18, 20 KJV 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. ... 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Gal 6:14 KJV 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Eph 2:4 KJV 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Phl 2:27 KJV 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
1Th 2:4 KJV 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
1Th 4:8 KJV 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.