I was doing my devotion yesterday and God gave me Proverbs 21:21 as a theme verse for 2010.
21 He who pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity [a] and honor.
I didn’t notice how 21 appeared in both the verses and the year, just now, pretty cool.
And today the word is very much related to it. Let me share the notes I jotted down from the preaching of the Word by Ptr. Edgar at Victory Center, UP Film Center.
Hosea 10 :12
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the LORD,
until he comes
and showers righteousness on you
How do we seek God.
3 Ways to seek God?
1. The right Seed – Sow for yourselves righteousness.
What you sow is what you reap.
Choices we make and actions we take are seeds.
We have to sow the seeds of righteousness ourselves. Our parents, significant, others or pastors can’t do it for us. We must sow seeds of righteousness ourselves.
What is righteousness? It is being in the right standing with God.
2. The Right Soil – “and break up your unplowed grounds and reap the fruits of unfailing love.
Unused or idle soil are hardened with weeds.
In the parable of the Sower, it talked about different soils representing different hearts. How receptive we are on the word being planted in our hearts.
A hardened heart- a heart that resists what God wants to do with us.
A hardened soil will have weeds and thorns that make planting unhealthy or unproductive.
To name two weeds that can harden our soil (our hearts) is Pride and Disobediences.
Daniel 5: 20
20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.
13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Our conscience can be calloused & desensitized, because of repeatedly ignoring the heed of the Holy Spirit, our hearts become callous and can no longer hear.
A broken spirit, He will not despise.
Sometimes we can surrender all areas of our hearts except one, something we don’t want given over to God, such as some addictions, sexual immorality, adultery, ungodly relationships or practices, un forgiveness.
Break it up, till the soil, and trust God to deal with it.
What happens if we don’t break it? Weeds crowd out.
There is this teenager who grew up in a Godly home who was asking her mom if she could watch a movie with friends. The movie will seem to show a lot of obscenity, but since everyone is watching, it would probably be fine.
Her mom said she doesn’t recommend it, but while they prepare dinner, the teener insists coz it seems acceptable. Her mom just finished doing the salads, and while she cleans up, instead of putting the peeling from the potatoes in the trash, she put it on the salad. The daughter got surprised and asked why her mom would do that. Her Mom replied, that’s what happens when you go out there and see an obscene film, it’s like putting garbage to your soul and spoil the rest of it, and can no longer be useful. If you can put garbage to your soul, maybe you wouldn’t mind putting garbage to your body.
Whether that is a true story or not, we get the picture.
Deliberate compromising will make our heart callous. We can’t have the concept of abusing God’s grace, compromise and ask forgiveness after.
3. Right Time –“until he comes & showers Righteousness on you” Some are very impatient. Lord, bless me and I will obey, if you don’t then I won’t follow you.
Don’t give up on seeking the Lord, in due time you will reap a harvest of blessings.
If you have a bank account that gets a daily credit of USD 86,400 a day but at the end of the day goes down to zero even if you withdraw from it or not, unspent amount is not credited to the next day, what would you do? Withdraw it everyday and spend it, right?
Every day, you are given 84,600 seconds to do what is right and plant seeds of righteousness for a harvest of blessing you will not have enough room to contain it.
One way to seek God is by doing prayer and fasting. We invite you to join us from Jan. 8-14, 2010 for a 7 Day prayer and fasting.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite