Amber AlertSeries: Pause. Shandale Johnson May 24, 2020
Today we are going to talk about the importance of PAUSING to seek the Lord. Living in the age of experts, google searches, social media platforms, and “Karens”, there is no lack of opportunities to gather information or people to tell you what to believe and what to do. Our lives are so fast-paced and our calendars so jam-packed, that we rarely slow down or PAUSE to seek the Lord. All of this has led to our lives being filled with many “good ideas”, but not God’s ideas.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)
Developing a lifestyle of seeking God, is paramount in maintaining a right relationship with him. It allows us to have the peace and confidence that we are being obedient to his will; regardless of the opposition, we face.
21 and they said to them, “The LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” 22 Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? (ESV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (ESV)
St. Augustine of Hippo, “ To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
Pausing to seek God allows us to gain the heavens perspective of our earthly circumstances.
2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD. (ESV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. (ESV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)
Seeking God develops a selfless heart within us and causes us to reevaluate life.
Your heart changes because you are focused more on trying to be a blessing.
7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. (ESV)
Our life framework will reflect our true values. The framework of Pauls’s life changed after his Damascus encounter, because he lived life to be a God seeker.
How has your life changed as a result of being a God seeker?
What decisions did you change because you sought God?
What mindsets have you surrendered because you sought God?
What things have you added to your life because you sought God?
What things have you finally decided to stop running from because you sought God?
-This is an area we will forever be growing in and we should be seeking God daily more than any other source we seek.
-Don’t be robbed of your biblical soundness, by listening to people and information who don’t have a heavenly perspective.