Thursday, August 30, 2018

“SEEKING GOD” With Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

Everybody, it seems, is searching for something. The devil is roaming about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) and God is searching throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him (2 Chron. 16:9). 


It is interesting to note that both God and the devil are searching for the same thing. They are looking for people who happen to be God’s ultimate creation. One wants to destroy them while the other wants to bless them abundantly (John 10:10). In the same mode, sinners and believers are also searching for something in their lives. Sinners are looking for the same thing as believers but they’re looking in all the wrong places.

They dive headfirst into the world of sex, drugs, and money in hopes of finding the same fulfilment and self-worth that can only come in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers, on the other hand, know that true fulfilment comes not in things but can be found by obeying the words of Is. 55:6a which tells us to “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” From this verse deductive reasoning tells us that there will come a time when He won’t be able to be found. We must, therefore, take all the more heed to seek Him out while we still have the opportunity to do so.
“SEEKING GOD” With Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo


We must realize that God is never a convenience in life. He must be
sought after to be found. Inside each of us needs to be a strong,
intense desire that propels us to search out, crave, and strive after
a relationship with the one, true God. Ps. 42:1,2a says, “As the deer
pants for the water brooks so pants my soul for You, 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 where there is no water.” The
stronger your desire for the things of God, the greater your effort
will be in finding them. Ask yourself, when was the last time you
turned off the television set and sought the face of God? Do you
refuse overtime on Sundays so you can go to church with your family
instead? The key word here is “desire.” 1 Peter 2:2 says, “As new-born
babes desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow thereby” and
1 Cor. 12:31 tells us to “earnestly desire the best gifts.” This
intense craving will draw you closer to God and cause you to overcome
the hindrances of ignorance, carnality, instability, and dullness of
hearing. An accurate description of such a search can be found in Ps.
119:15, 16, “I will meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your
ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes and I will not forget
Your Word.”

When the promise of finding God is brought into full manifestation one
must forever cling to Him and never let go. Jesus said in John 15:4,
“Abide in Me, and I in you.” The word “abide” means ‘to remain, stay,
dwell, reside.’ It means to ‘continue in, dwell in, walk with, live
in, and seek after.’ Abiding in Jesus means to live in total unison
with God. It also means to take up permanent residence. If you’re
abiding somewhere you’re not just staying there temporarily as in a
short stay at a motel or a two week vacation with family and friends.
Abiding means you’re living there continually. You get to know Jesus
by spending time with Him every day. When you abide in Jesus you think
about Him all the time. You think about Him at work and you think
about Him at home. You think about Him when you’re shopping and you
think about Him when you’re watching a ball game. You think about Him
when you’re doing the dishes and you think about Him when you’re
mowing the lawn. When you abide in Jesus He becomes the Lord of your
life twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. He is your “all in
all” and He is involved with you every moment of every day.

As if seeking God and finding Him was not enough of a blessing in and
of itself, God rewards all serious “God chasers” with an endless
supply of unspeakable blessings. When we earnestly seek Him with our
whole heart (Ps. 119:10a) then the blessings of God are sure to
follow. Ps. 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord Who daily loads us with
benefits.” Heb. 11:6b calls God “a rewarder of those who diligently
seek Him.” When we seek His face and not His hand never again will we
have to worry or concern ourselves with whether or not our needs will
get met. Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. He who
comes to Me shall never hunger, and He who believes in Me shall never
thirst.” Ps. 107:9 tells us, “For He satisfies the longing soul and
fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

When you seek God He will be found by you (1 Chron. 28:9) and in His
presence is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11). He will not forsake you (Ps.
9:10) and His favour (Lam. 3:25) and His protection (Ezra 8:22) will
be ever present in your life. You shall not lack any good thing (Ps.
34:10) and Ps. 37:4 says, “Delight in the Lord and He will give you
the desires of your heart.” Gifts of righteousness (Hosea 10:12) will
be yours and God will give you understanding in all things (Prov.
28:5) when you seek Him with your whole heart and make Him your top
priority. Never again will you walk in fear (Ps. 34:4) and the
absolute life of God will flow through your veins. The Lord said in
Amos 5:4 “Seek Me and live.” The gift of life is truly the greatest
blessing of all and it comes as a result of seeking the Lord. The end
of the age is near and it’s time for the church to get on its face and
seek God like never before.

God wants a close relationship with us so much that in His infinite
wisdom He created a void in all of us that only He can fill. It is His
desire that this void would drive us to the point of searching Him out
so that He can fill that emptiness with love, joy, peace, and a sense
of fulfilment so deep and meaningful that it can only be described as
heaven on earth. Remember, God must be sought after to be found. To
show the importance of this there is at least one circumstance in the
Bible that describes the consequences for not seeking God. 2 Chron.
15:12,13 says, “Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God
of their fathers with all their soul; and whoever would not seek the
Lord God of Israel was put to death, whether small or great, whether
man or woman.”

Always remember that if the work done at the cross did not change the
message of the old covenant, then the same principles still apply
today. No, you will not be taken out and killed for not seeking God
but there is an adversary out there seeking a way to destroy your
life. Our only hope in avoiding this dreadful calamity is in the arms
of our loving Saviour. 2 Sam. 22:31b says, “He is a shield to all who
trust in Him.” He is ready, willing, and more than able to help you
out in life’s difficulties and bless you abundantly, but He must be
sought after to be found. We must, therefore, be careful not to brush
off into nonexistence the importance of seeking God. It truly is a
matter of life and death

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