October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


FrontPage
Subscribe
GuestBook
Directory
Links
Contents
Studio


God's Holy Day
Calendar


Subscribe To
Our Newsletter


Play Our
Theme Song!

START | STOP

There is a short pause before the theme starts.


SEEK YE THE LORD ...

... while He may be found. Call ye upon Him while He is near."

There is also the scripture that says,

Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:"

Many, many churches teach that ANYONE can do these things, but CAN they? What about the scripture that says,

Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal (human, unconverted) mind is enmity (deep-rooted hatred) against God: for it is not subject (a voluntary attitude of giving in) to the law of God, neither indeed can be."

Because of Satan and his teachings beginning with Adam and Eve, mankind has been taught they don't need God to be over them, or to teach them anything because they can make up their own minds about what is 'good' and what is 'evil'.

Through the ages, Satan has continued to work with mankind's thoughts and ideas, evolving them into a deep-seated hatred of ANYTHING that is of God.

We see that in modern day society! Government, and the judicial system has been in the forefront of banning God from the lives of Americans, in spite of what some of the leaders might say in Washington, D.C.

God has been removed from schools, companies, businesses, and homes because of this IDEA of 'separation of church and state' supposedly written in the U.S. Constitution. However, one can read the Constitution front to back and CANNOT FIND THAT STATEMENT ANYWHERE! It is NOT there!

In fact, this country was founded upon what the Pilgrims believed to be the Word of God. (notice the words 'believed to be'. More on that in another article).

Now we see churches who even teach that Jesus is not going to return to this earth though scripture is very plain that He will. They teach that IF one wants to be a Christian, all that person has to do is 'believe' on Jesus Christ and they will be 'born-again' at that instant of 'accepting Jesus as their personal savior.'

Nowhere in scripture does it tell a person that ALL they have to do is 'believe'. No where in scripture does it say that once a person 'accepts Jesus' they have been 'born-again.'

These are ALL beliefs that have been put into the minds of followers of the religious teachers of this world to DECEIVE people into NOT SEEKING God!!

HOW THEN CAN ONE SEEK GOD?

What is involved in this 'seeking'? Keep reading and find out.

In John 6:44 we read that ONLY those whom God calls CAN COME TO JESUS CHRIST!

John 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."

It is repeated in John 6:65 to EMPHASIZE what God is saying to us!

John 6:65 "And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father"

As I have stated in so many of the articles on this web site .... God has a PLAN for the salvation of mankind, and He is WORKING that plan!

IF WE WANT TO 'COME TO CHRIST' we must do it according to the plan God is using, and the Bible lays out that plan for those who TRULY want to SEEK God!

To begin, a person must be called BY GOD TO JESUS. There is NO OTHER WAY one can 'come to Jesus.' It is God's CHOICE as to whom He will call. It always has been, and always will be because GOD IS IN CHARGE OF ALL THINGS by His POWER!!

Without that calling, a person will NEVER SEEK God because the human mind is inherently DEEP-SEATED HATRED of God and His Ways.

Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal (human) mind is enmity (deep-seated hatred) against God: for it is not subject (a voluntary submission) to the law of God, neither indeed can be."

SO THEN WHEN AND HOW DOES ONE SEEK GOD?

As we have seen above, one MUST be called by God to Jesus the Christ before a person can COME to Christ. (See our article in the archives of our web site http://7times.org, entitled, "Basic Christianity: The Called" for an in-depth study of being called.)

When one feels that DRAWING to Jesus, then a person needs to OPEN HIS BIBLE and begin to study, asking himself "what must I DO to be CHOSEN by God as one of His Children?")

That study (that seeking) should lead to OBEDIENCE to God and His Laws (The Ten Commandments and Holy Days laws as well as others found in His Word).

God will NOT GIVE HIS HOLY SPIRIT to a person who will NOT OBEY Him!!

Acts 5:32 "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

Yes, that is true. God will not give His Holy Spirit (required for salvation) to those who will not obey Him!

Matthew tells us what we must FIRST SEEK!

Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

The context before and after this verse will show what God is talking about.

And please remember, in all of scripture there is a parallel between physical and spiritual. The meaning is 'dual' throughout God's Word, so look for the spiritual meaning as well as the physical, ok?

In verse 33 above God says to seek His RIGHTEOUSNESS. What IS God's righteousness?

Psalms 119:172 "My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness."

Yes, ALL of God's Commandments ARE righteousness. They are that because they reflect the CHARACTER OF GOD, and IF we want to be "like Him" we must DO these commandments... all of them!

How do we know what to do? We must learn this AS WE SEEK GOD in His Word!

God is REVEALED TO US in the PAGES OF HIS WORD, the scriptures. Also, Jesus was called THE WORD before He became Jesus. (John 1:1) The Bible then is the PRINTED Word of God.

As Jesus said:

John 14:9 "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?"

If we learn about Jesus, we are learning about God. IF we SEEK Jesus, we ARE seeking God the Father, don't you see?

Again, in order to SEEK Jesus (the Lord) we MUST get into His Word (the Bible) and learn about Him! When we learn about Him, we will learn that God's Commandments are also HIS commandments.

If we then begin to LOVE JESUS, we will begin to OBEY Him. Our WALK in this life will then be in accordance with what He wants us to do and not what WE want to do!!

John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

We will realize we MUST keep His Commandments which include the Seventh Day Sabbath and the yearly Holy Days. No other days will be acknowledged by God, since He demands to be WORSHIPPED IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!

We can't do that unless we KNOW THE TRUTH and worship Him in those things He commands.

That SEEKING will lead us to desire BAPTISM. That baptism will be a complete SUBMERSION because it symbolizes Christ's BURIAL, and we must be 'buried' with Him.

Romans 6:4 "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

Being raised from that watery "grave" pictures our resurrection to GLORY with Jesus Christ AT HIS COMING and we will be ONE with God as Jesus requested in His prayer in John 17:

John 17:22 "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"

1 John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

Yes truly, the SEEKING of God should be done when anyone feels that drawing to Jesus, but it is a lot more involved than 'just believing' on Christ.

It will be a completely NEW WAY OF LIFE that the seeker will begin to live, walking in the Commandments of God and doing their very best to emulate the way Jesus walked during His time on this earth.

Did YOUR seeking involve all the above, or have you believed the LIE which Satan has spread, deceiving this WHOLE WORLD into walking with him? Satan HAS promoted his MIRROR IMAGE (see our article on the web site entitled "Satan's Mirror Image") of religion in this world that causes those who believe and accept it to walk with him and NOT the TRUE CHRIST!

Only through your humble seeking by studying God's Holy Word will you be able to recognize that mirror image and go in the opposite direction.

That going in the opposite direction from Satan's mirror image is TRUE REPENTANCE.

It WILL lead you to SALVATION at the return of Jesus Christ to become King of Kings and Lord of Lords on this earth!

Revelation 19:11 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

ARE YOU BEING DRAWN?

Then "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found. Call ye upon Him while He is near."

There IS a time coming when it will be too late!

Your friend,

Ken Browder, Editor

Back to Top