Have you ever stopped to think of how to seek God with your whole heart?
There is a problem that I have noticed for many of us today. We only try to seek God with our whole hearts in times of despair.
But our Lord teaches us that we should not be hypocritical and ungrateful, to the point of seeking God only when we need Him. But we should instead seek Him sincerely through a daily devotional to Him (Romans 12: 1)
And you will seek Me, and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
Notice that this is a condition. We will only find the Lord if we seek Him in this way: “You will seek Me, and you will find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
We will learn in this article a precious lesson on how to seek God with our whole heart.
How do we seek God with our whole heart?
Knowing His Word.
Nobody is intimate with someone they don’t know, and reading the Bible is the best way to get to know God.
We must do as the psalmist tells us: “I have kept your word in my heart so as not to sin against you” (Psalm 119: 11). Make the word of God your companion. It is full of wisdom and knowledge.
One of the primary purposes of the Bible is to transform our lives, if not the greatest.
When we know the Bible, we know how to seek God, even when circumstances are not favorable.
Have a Grateful Heart.
Gratitude is not, or at least it shouldn’t be, just when we celebrate the New Year. It is not just for a new job, a new house, a new car.
Having a grateful heart changes everything in our life. Know how to recognize that God has allowed you to enjoy life.
That is why gratitude and praise go together because when we praise the Lord, we show our appreciation and recognize His goodness. The importance of gratitude cannot be overemphasized.
Christ stressed the need and portrayed the importance of appreciation when he appreciated the one out of the ten lepers He healed and condemned the remaining nine for neglecting to come back to say “thank you” for healing them. When we appreciate God for His Good deeds to us, He does more.
Let us always be grateful, regardless of the circumstances, because He always has the best for us. (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11).
Having a grateful heart generates intimacy with the Lord.
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Praying is like talking to a friend. We don’t talk to a friend full of formalities! And I also don’t think: “oh, I already talked to him today, now I don’t need to talk anymore!”, As if it were an obligation!!
No, we invest time!! And we can talk to the Lord in several ways: on our knees in the bedroom or at all times, on the street, walking, running, in secret or with the brothers!
The devil’s greatest concern is to keep Christians away from prayer. He does not fear the studies, the work, or the religion of those who do not pray. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.
The goal of prayer should never be to focus on people’s attention but the Lord’s approval. (Matthew 6: 5-6).
Fasting is to mortify the flesh so that we are closer to the Lord and can hear His voice even more.
We stop eating or doing something extremely important for us to seek the Lord, and it is as if we are saying: “seeking you and listening to you is more important than my own life than what I like most”.
Individuals are mortifying the flesh and making the spirit more attuned to the voice of God. It is in the spirit that we can hear the Lord and have intimacy because spiritual things are only discerned spiritually because they are spirit and life! (I Cor 2:14)
There are some biblical examples of people who had a continuous and regular prayer life, who also did fasting. This made them more sensitive to hear and speak about God.
- Moses fasted 40 days (Exodus 34:28)
- Ezra fasted 3 days (Ezra 10: 6)
- Elijah fasted 40 days (1 Kings 19: 8)
- Daniel and his friends fasted 21 days (Daniel 10: 3)
- Paul fasted 3 days (Acts of the Apostles 9: 9)
- Jesus fasted 40 days (Luke 4: 2)
Obedience to the Lord was always visible in the life of Jesus. “Jesus said: ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work'” (John 4:34).
In another biblical passage, Jesus declared: “Because I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38).
Obedience is a positioning done with discipline and commitment. Observe when King Saul disobeyed God received a warning (1 Samuel 15:22). We realized that Saul was rejected as king of Israel because he did not obey, and things started to go wrong for him.
We have much to gain from being obedient to the Lord. The Son Himself was obedient to death. The more we are obedient, the more intimate we are, and the more intimate with God, the more we desire to seek Him.
Always keep in mind that obedience is better than sacrifice. It pays more to obey God than to offer sacrifices.
we must have a life of worship, of complete surrender to the Father, to prostrate and kneel before Him.
“Worship and praise put us at a high level of triumph. When we pray, we are still in our environment. When we worship, we are raised above our environment, with its difficulties and limitations.
In worship, God lifts us above frustration and suffering. What prayer cannot do, worship and praise will do.
Pray when and how much you can, but praise and worship when you cannot pray.
Cultivate a Humble and Repentant Heart.
Likewise, since we know that God is worthy of all praise and glory, we should seek Him with a humble heart.
We have all sinned and fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23), yet He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for our sins.
So, if we seek God honestly and openly, we must confess our sins regularly and make sincere efforts to turn away from them.
We cannot seek Him with all our heart if we always try to approach Him to know what he should do or how he should act.
“But first, seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will also be given to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Focus on your Calling.
When you are working in the ministry to which God has called you, continually evaluate yourself for improvement. And do not miss the opportunities to do it with more zeal.
Evaluate yourself and also evaluate your accomplishments in this ministry by asking yourself the following questions:
- Does what you do today benefit the children of God enough, or can you improve?
- Is the number of beneficiaries involved enough, or can it increase?
- Has your dedication to this work generated a positive result in people’s lives? Make an assessment, be an observer (to seek improvements).
- Have they reproduced and passed on what you taught them, thus generating more fruit?
We need to understand more how to seek the presence of God with our whole being, doing His work with love and goodwill. (Jeremiah 48:10)
Dedication and Love.
And when He saw the crowds, He moved with compassion for them because they were exhausted and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)
Jesus saw people’s needs and wanted to help them.
He didn’t bother saying: “here are these boring people to take my time; say I’m not here! He helped them to approach God and did not leave people forgotten.
The Master is no longer here in the flesh to do the work of God as he did, but the Holy Spirit is present. He wants to work in us and through us if we only make ourselves available to Him for that.
God is ever ready to use us productively only if we dispose ourselves for such and allow God to do so.
Seeking God with all your heart also consists of keeping His Word to please Him in every way.
Approach God with an Attitude of Fear.
Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that God created you? That He knew you even before you were born? He is the all-powerful, all-knowing, who is worthy of our praise.
God created us so that we can seek Him, and He desires our total devotion and worship. He does not only desire our adoration, He deserves it. It is only appropriate that we do the needful.
So let us offer through Jesus a continuous sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
Therefore, if you want to seek God with all your heart, you must remember how truly worthy of praise and glory is God. Do we not owe him our very life?
It might be a good idea to reduce the amount of worship we give to the things of this world (the latest cultural craze, celebrities, TV shows, etc.) and give more worship.
Practice the Word with Faith and Trust!
Jesus preached in Matthew 6:33 not to be anxious about tomorrow, but to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things necessary for our survival would be added to us.
It is not uncommon for us to be very concerned about our material goods and concerned about our future, is it not?!
Jesus knew that His life was directed by the Holy Spirit to lack nothing, and then He could seek God first.
We must live the same way! For our worries about the future rob us of our focus on seeking God with all our hearts.
Recognizing your Sins, Repenting them, Confessing them to God, and Abandoning them!
Now let’s take another example from the Bible: King Solomon.
Pay attention to Solomon’s prayer in 1 Kings 8. After building the temple, you will notice that he already predicted that if the people sinned against God, their enemies would take them captive from their land.
But if they repented, and sincerely cried out to God, acknowledging their sins, confessing them, and abandoning them, God would deliver them from their afflictions.
Therefore, we cannot begin a life of seeking God without first recognizing our sins against Him and people and repenting everything.
See what God answered from Solomon’s prayer with all his heart:
“If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn away from their evil ways, from heaven I will listen to them, forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
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Loving our Neighbors.
We cannot do two things alone, one is getting married, and the other is being a Christian.
Jesus is a relational being. That is why the greater we seek Him. We will be closed and more intentional towards people. Therein lies the importance of coexistence in the community (1 John 1: 7).
Another biblical example that we can understand is in 1 John 4:20: “If someone says:” I love God “, but hates his brother, he is a liar, because whoever does not love his brother, whom he sees, cannot love God, whom he does not see”.
Jesus gives us this clear direction that we should all be one in the Lord. Same unity, the same commitment, same life, same intimacy. There is God in every man. To demonstrate your love for God, you have to love your fellow man.
The significance of being with other people who are of the same faith cannot be overemphasized.
Listening to explanations and lessons from people more studied in the gospel, following rites, and singing songs of praise is excellent for seeking God with all your heart.
Matthew, chapter 18, verse 20: “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there I AM among them”.
No one can live alone, without intimacy with anyone. That is why the Word exhorts in Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is.…”
Insist on the Chosen Path.
It is not always easy to continue seeking God through the items above. The daily pressure, the countless problems, and the bad decisions themselves can affect and lead the person away from God.
A watchful eye and a willingness to retake the path are always valid. After all, God is a loving Father. He knows that life is not easy and full of challenges and expects his children to overcome difficulties and become more like Him.
The pursuit of excellence will be much easier when you seek God with your whole heart.
Seeking God with your whole heart is a matter of awareness that He is close.
God wants to change your way today. He wants you to be more than a winner.
He wants you to live as His Son did. Seek Jesus, live with Him. That way, you experience His good, perfect and pleasant will.
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