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Seeking God, the Secret of Successful Kings

2012-01-31

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Set heart and soul (decisions and delights) to seek God and His will/blessings wholeheartedly

1Ch 22:19 (David to Solomon) Now set/devote your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God.
Dt 4:29 But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

2Ch 12:14 Rehoboam did evil (forsook law and God). because he did not prepare/cause his heart to be established to seek Yahweh
Ps 10:4 The wicked (who know & don't obey law -Ps 50:16,23)in his proud wrath does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
Ps 14:1 The fool has said in his heart," There is no God." They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. 2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. 3 They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD? 5 There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous.

2Ch 19:3 Nevertheless Jehosaphat there are good things found in you...taken away groves...and have prepared/set your heart to seek God
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. 

Exclusive allegiance (leave to cleave)

 [What have you denied yourself  in order to seek God this past week/year?]

1Ch 16:11 (ark) seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!   Remember His works...wonders...judgments...covenant
1Sam 7:3  return to Yahweh with all your hearts,  put away  foreign gods, set your hearts for Yahweh, serve Him only; and He will deliver 
2Ch 11:16 from all the tribes of Israel, who set their heart to seek Yahweh...came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the God of their fathers.
Ezra 6:21 returned from the captivity..ate with all who had separated themselves from the filth of the nation in order to seek Yahweh 

 

Ps 78:7 That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; 8 and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

 

2Ch 15:12 (Asa) Then they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 13 and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

Enquire Daily for His will, and your wants and needs

[“What's Your will for me this evening/weekend Lord?”]

Ps 34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. (cf Ps 84:11)
2Ch 20:3 Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek Yahweh 4 Judah gathered to ask help from Yahweh...they came to seek Yahweh

 

2Ch 27:6  So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered/caused his ways to be established before the face of Yahweh his God. 
2Ch 16:12 Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.
Isa 31:1 Woe...go to Egypt for help, rely on horses, Who trust...But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!

Keep, know and do wholeheartedly, all that's right in the sight of God

(including influencing others – selling on change)

Ps 105:3 Let the hearts of those rejoice, who seek Yahweh! 4 Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face/favor evermore! 1Ch 16:11
2Ch 14:4 Asa commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.

 

2Ch 26:4 Uzziah did that which was right in the sight of Yahweh, acc to all that his father Amaziah 5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the vision (instructed him in the fear) of God: and as long as he sought Yahweh, God made him to prosper.

 

Isa 55:6  seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
Hosea 5:6  With their flocks they shall go to seek the LORD, But they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them.
Jer 26:19 Did Hezekiah king...fear the LORD and seek his favor? And the LORD relented concerning the doom which He had pronounced 
Hosea 3:5 the children of Israel shall return and seek Yahweh their God..They shall fear Yahewh and His goodness in the latter days.
Zeph 2:3  seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have worked/upheld His justice. seek righteousness, seek humility....

 

Acts 15:17 (rebuild) So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles by  whom My name is called, says the LORD 17:27 
Heb 11:6 6  without faith it is impossible to please Him...must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him
Mt 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Cf Rm 2:7; Col 3; Heb 11:6

Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:

  1. How can you tell what a person seeks? What do people seek if they don't seek God? What does seeking God look like?
  2. How many significant, valuable and eternally worthwhile things happen automatically or by accident?  What makes them a reality?
  3. How are seeking God,  knowing/obeying His word, trusting Him, and prosperity related? What roles do accountability/submission play?
  4. If the chronicler were to summarize and evaluate your life in a couple of sentences, what would they say? What would you want them to say?
  5. What do you need to do to set your heart and soul to seek God this week/year? Will it be different or better than last week/year? Why?