We want the presence of God to be on earth as it is in heaven. The following are seven principles that describe what it means to seek after God. They are activities on our part that attract His supernatural presence. God is sovereign over all who become Christians, but a person must repent of his sins and believe the good news to become a Christian. God ordains the ends, but He also ordains the means. The following are the means that attract His supernatural presence in outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Understanding and practicing the following seven principles will make you a seeker after God.
It is what you were designed for and is what the Lord expects of you.
The very essence of following Christ is to imitate Him in His humility. Though He was God Himself, He set aside his power and glory to become part of the creation.
Jesus exemplified a humble life, which every Christian is to emulate. Moreover, pride is the opposite of humility, and we know from the Scriptures that God judges and actively opposes the proud James , 1 Peter Not just non-Christians, but proud Christians can expect the opposition of the God of heaven and earth.
The admonitions to be humble in Philippians, James and 1 Peter are all written to a Christian audience, not non-Christians. God has made plain that He loves to support and dwell with the humble in heart. Fasting is not the only tool to help humble ourselves: there is also confession of sins, meditating on the life and example of Christ, and other ways to develop humility.
However, fasting is an important tool and one that has been neglected in the Western church.
It is important not to take fasting too far in thinking that it is the sin qua non of the Christian life. The Pharisees in the New Testament showed that a person can be a regular faster and still be self-righteous, proud and greedy. It is indeed important, and should be practiced regularly. It was always assumed that fasting would be part of the Christian life after Jesus died and rose from the dead. There was no need to fast when Christ was present, because there was no need to mourn over the absence of God, but once He ascended, the era of fasting returned to the people of God.
We know from early church documents like the Didache that it was the practice of Christians in the first century to fast every Wednesday and Friday until 3pm. They would have a meal in the evening, which would be all the food they took in for the day. There would be special times of extended fasting just as there were before Christ came, but regular fasting is also important.
The list goes on and on. Sometimes people fasted for a day and sometimes for as long as 70 days Mordecai and all the Jews in the Persian Empire or days Nehemiah, chapter 1. Different circumstances require different lengths of fasting.
Eventually, we will find ourselves so far from our original line in the sand, so to speak, that even when we have a bad day, the thought of using or engaging in our addiction is not even a remote possibility. She consented and I was left to fend for myself in order to obtain dinner on Monday nights. How can this mistake be avoided in your life? However, if inconsistent in the little things, we will fail in the big things. You can believe what you are reading or you can try the world yourself.
For the Christian seeking to humble himself before God, fasting must be a regular part of his or her life. The typical prayer life of the first-century Christian and the average Christian in Asia or Africa is markedly different from that of the Christian in America and Europe. Of course, there are exceptions, but by and large, there is little to no dedication to regular prayer among Christians in the West. Epaphras Colossians , 13 shows us that without consistent, dedicated prayer you can count on significantly less happening in the lives of your loved ones and in the world at large.
The Scriptures admonish us to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Bradshaw, the pattern for first-century pious Jews and Christians was to pray two or three set times per day, in addition to praying continuously throughout the day. Many Christians lift up prayers during the day as they go about their business, which is a good thing and is modeled in the Scriptures e.
The pattern is to pray two or three set times per day like Daniel Daniel Repeatedly, we are told to pray night and day in the Scriptures. Luke 18 shows that we are to pray night and day. We see in 1 Timothy 5 that widows who did not pray day and night were considered lovers of pleasure and were not to be given financial help.
Hebrews show that the twice daily burnt offerings at the temple were a type of the twice or more daily prayer offerings that Christians are to have before the Lord. Combined with Bible reading, the Christian should be praying two or three set times every day totaling a couple of hours. Similar to the discipline of prayer two or three times a day is the discipline of taking in the Word of God.
Becoming a Christian is a step in the process of seeking God, but only the the following seven principles will make you a seeker after God. These seven Biblical principles apply to every person, regardless of culture, God has a precise purpose for each person, object, and relationship that He creates. As we understand and live in harmony with His design, we will discover.
The Scriptures need to be meditated upon, read, or heard two or more times per day Deut , Josh so that we can know and do the will of God. Every day, pious Jews in the first century would recite from memory a few passages from Deuteronomy and Numbers called the Shema. They would also read the Scriptures to each other, recite from memory various passages, and mediate on the word of God. This became the practice of Christians as well.
The word of God also comes in other ways.
If God speaks to you through a prophetic message, dream, angelic visitation or any other means, then it is the word of God and you must obey and follow the Lord. Of course, these revelations need to be weighed against the Scriptures and talked over with godly friends, so that you can accurately sense what God has said, but if God has spoken to you, then you must obey Him. Some wrongly believe that believing and practicing the spiritual gifts like prophecy and word of knowledge take away from the authority of the Scriptures, but it is the Scriptures themselves that authenticate the legitimacy of hearing from God in these ways.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Support our work.
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Lasting wealth is the result of a strong work ethic over a long period of time when applied with these other principles as well.
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