The Lord was calling out in prayer early this morning, to the SEEKERS. What is a seeker? It’s straightforward; it’s one who seeks, that which is used in seeking or searching. They investigate and are not easily put off by various things BECAUSE they have a personal need or desire within themselves. Romans 3:9-11 says this:
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who SEEKS God.
In other versions it says, “nor one who is a DILIGENT SEEKER after God.”
Notice, what Paul speaks of the people that God was calling to were under the POWER OF SIN and that’s why they were not seekers. They had not yet crucified their flesh (Rom. 6:1-11). This requires living by the full leading of the Holy Spirit. By this obedience unto the Spirit, the Lord takes away the passions and desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-25). If they do not fully rid themselves of these passions and desires as led by the Spirit of the Lord, THEY WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD (Gal. 5:19-20). What comes with the kingdom of God? SIGHT comes with it, or also understanding (John 3:3; John 9:18-41; Rev. 3:18), to the blind. Jesus considered blindness, one who continues to walk in their sin and not see it as God sees it, a place of lower standard, the worldly mindset. This was also a message to the Laodicea church (Rev. 3:17). They claimed they saw as God sees. Jesus said they claimed themselves rich, wealthy, and in need of nothing. BUT they were referring to things of this world as a justification of being blessed of Him. They saw wealth in the things of this world, when Jesus considered it wretched, poor, the result of their blindness, pitiful, and saw them exposed in that state before a holy God, exposed to God’s jealousy. Those that say they have need of nothing have become fat, but not with the greater things (Rev. 3:18). Instead, they’ve become rich with the abandonment of God who made them and rejected the Rock their Savior (Deut. 32:15, Deut. 32: 6; Deut. 31:20). They have stirred Him; His name is Jealous (Ex. 34:14; Deut. 4:24). He desires the honor He deserves OVER the prosperity He gives you of things of this world! However, the power of sin has overcome many to the point of not giving Him the true honor He deserves. Instead, it has gone to the things of this world. So therefore, in His jealousy, in Him as Jealous, HE removes all idols before Him. He burns them away like chaff. Because He knows they have blinded you from seeing and seeking Him alone for all things. He wants you to BECOME a diligent seeker of Him.
2Chron. 26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
Uzziah was 16 years old when he became a king. He was the one God used to rebuild Elath for its restoral to Judah. He sought the Lord; he was a seeker. The Lord instructed Him in THE FEAR OF HIM, and as long as he sought or was a seeker of the Lord, God gave him success (2Chron. 26:1-8). This was the wisdom of God that Uzziah used to do this– in His fear. BUT when he became powerful, his pride led to his downfall (2Chron. 26:16-21). His pride brought unfaithfulness. How? He got SO prideful of himself, that he put himself in a position he wasn’t CONSECRATED to do or be in.
For those that are seekers, or God is calling you to be seekers, DO NOT fall into this place of not truly seeking Him in all things. This is SO THAT you may fear Him above all things. Otherwise, pride of oneself will take over, the lusts of the flesh for everything in this world, the love of it, the desires of it, will cause you to put yourself IN THAT PLACE OF CONSECRATION (1John 2:16). Consecration is a form of dedication of sorts. We are not called to dedicate pride before a holy God, the pride of this life before a holy God. We are not to dedicate excellency, haughtiness, majesty, loftiness, and our own strength before a holy God and set it before Him as a sacrifice that’s pleasing to Him and put it as an offering to Him—as Uzziah did once he became powerful. Instead, we should see how God showed it to David:
Ps. 131:1-3 (MSG)
1 God, I’m not trying to rule the roost,
I don’t want to be king of the mountain.
I haven’t meddled where I have no business
or fantasized grandiose plans.
2I’ve kept my feet on the ground,
I’ve cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
my soul is a baby content.
3Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope.
Hope now; hope always!
This is a place of consecration that He wants the seekers to come to or be in, a place of true humility before a holy God.
So, to all the Seekers out there…The Lord Almighty calls to you. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and THE DOOR will be opened to you (Matt. 7:7; John 10:9, John 10:3). Come to Him in obedience by His Holy Spirit, with the fear of the Lord, and dedicate humility and servanthood to Him. Don’t come to Him with anything else or about anything else—that you shouldn’t have business coming to Him about (John 21:22), or with your own plans not led by Him to ‘fulfill.’ Don’t’ come to Him trying to control everything in your life and ‘take charge of your own life’ without Him. Stay grounded in His strength and be courageous, not trembling at them, knowing He goes with you when HE LEADS (2Tim. 1:7). Quiet your heart to hear clearly what the Spirit is saying to you. Be content in all things He leads you to do, no matter how it looks to others of the world. And wait on the Lord God, knowing His hope is unshakeable (Ps. 62:5-8).
Hear what the Spirit is saying…