Nov. 19 Inner Truth 1 of 2

Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger

WATERMARK: A SEEKER

1 Peter 2:3 says that a new born babe desires the sincere milk of the word.  As we grew in our walk with the Lord, our desire for His word and intimacy with Him increases.  We follow hard after Him.  Psalm 63:8 Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.”  Our whole being is our spirit, soul, and body.  Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. 

Psalm 73:25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but You?  And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”  David was a seeker.  Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I see; 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 inquire in His temple.”  Verse 8 says, “When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face I will seek.”

The word seek implies diligence, and diligence implies wholeheartedness.  Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  David’s heart is revealed in his seeking,  Psalm 63:1 says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land.”  Seeking expresses a yearning for Him.  Psalm 42:1 says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”

WATERMARK: A WORSHIPPER

John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  True worship is so focused on the Lord, that all else is paled in the background.  He is the center of all our thoughts and words of expression.  His Presence is always with us.  As we worship, we are seeking a deeper place of communion through our adoration until we enveloped in awe.

Here are three expressive words that will take us beyond the surface of just singing a worship song to engaging our heart.  Marvelous, infinite, and matchless.  Marvelous means: causing great wonder; astounding, awesome, breathtaking.  Infinite means: limitless or endless in extent; impossible to measure or calculate.  Matchless means: unable to be equaled; incomparable.  When we focus on how He is in these words, He will reveal Himself through our heart expression.  Worship is intimacy. 

The things that are hidden in our unconscious block our desired intimacy.  Not only in our relationship with the Lord, but they carry over into our personal relationships with others.  Jesus came and died to set the captives free.  Luke 4:18 says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”  The Amplified describes the oppressed as: who are down trodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity.

The things in our past are passed.  2 Corinthians 5;17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  The more we seek the Lord and His righteousness, the more He reveals Himself to us. 

Psalm 34:5 says, “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.”  2 Corinthians 3:18 describes what happens as we seek His face, and gaze upon Him in adoration.  It says, “Be we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  One of the attributes of a seeker is transparency.  They so desire the Lord, they walk before Him with openheartedness.  They have nothing to hide because they understand that He knows their heart and loves them unconditionally.  They gaze upon Him without shame, as He gazes upon them.  They behold Him as He beholds them.

A seeker-worshipper goes deeper in intimacy with the Lord as they release the things from their past.  Our past is only in our mind.  We only hold onto it through our thoughts.  A seeker-worshiper’s thought patterns change through their focus on the Lord.  He fills their thoughts and desires.  Psalm 107:9 says, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

Song of Solomon 2:14 are the words of a lover seeking her beloved.  I’ve capitalized it to depict a seeker expressing their love to the Lord.  It says, “O my Dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see Your face, let me hear Your voice; for Your voice is sweet, and Your face is lovely.”  That secret place is intimacy.  There is no greater place of security and desire fulfilled then through our intimate communion with Him.  In that intimacy we find contentment that is unequaled by anything on this earth.  A seeker-worshipper drinks deep of His abundant love and is satisfied.

  j marilyn adams ~ November 19, 2015

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