Archive | January 2021

Return

A voice is heard on the bare heights, The weeping and the supplications of the sons of Israel; Because they have perverted their way, They have forgotten the Lord their God. 
Jeremiah 3:21‭ NASB

Look around you. What do you see? Fear? Brokenness? Anger? Discontentment? Turmoil? Lostness? Do you wonder why?
“We have forgotten the Lord our God”!

Peace, wholeness, contentment, direction come through Christ alone even in the midst of turmoil. So the Lord says . . .

“Return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold, we come to You; For You are the Lord our God.
Jeremiah 3:22 NASB

🌹 Lord, we come to You; for You are the Lord our God.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Decision Maker

And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”          Acts 1:24‭-‬25 NASB

Where do we go for answers? Many of us are good at seeking God for the bigger decisions of our life or in our church family. Or are we?

The disciples were seeking God’s choice for who He wanted to fill the position of disciple to replace Judas. They spent time together in prayer to ask the One who knows the hearts of men.

God knows your needs and wants. He is looking out for your best interest just as a good Father does. He desires the best for you and so He will give you instruction and direction for what’s best just by asking Him. He wants to be a part of your life and help you to navigate it. Will you let Him?

Will you seek God and His will for all the decisions in your life? Will you pray for the small as well as the big decisions? Then will you obey His decision for you?

🌹 God is the best Decision Maker!

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Prayer – One Mind

These all (Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James)with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 1:14 NASB

“Continually devoting themselves to prayer.” Gathering for prayer. Together. Continually. They needed to keep the connection open with Jesus which is through prayer. They needed to be unified as the body of Christ which is through prayer.

🌹 Want to know the heart of God and your Christian brothers and sisters? Spend time with them in prayer.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Disciple

When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
Acts 1:13 NASB

After the ascension of Jesus into heaven the disciples gathered together, not unlike gathering after a celebration of life (funeral). Do you wonder what they spoke of? I bet it was Jesus. All that they had experienced, seen and known of Jesus, the Son of God over the past 3 years.

🌹 Are you or have you experienced God in your life? If you have, do you speak of Him? Do others know Him because of you?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

For Whose Name?

They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:4‭-‬9 NASB

What is man’s nature? Isn’t it to look out for #1? To seek what I think “is best for me”? Come, let us make for ourselves a name”. Is it any wonder that God created new languages? Unity amongst man is a good thing when God and His will is our focus but left to our own way leads us away from God and His will.

Take a look at the world today. With the internet we can talk to anyone in the world without language being a barrier. We can be unified as one. But. . .

🌹 For whose name?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

In Whose Hand is Life

that they (all mankind) would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
Acts 17:27‭-‬28 NASB

In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:10 NASB

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him?
Deuteronomy 4:7 NASB

Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
Acts 17:30‭-‬31 NASB

🌹 Call upon the Lord God with a repentant heart. Seek His face. In Him is life.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Who Knows Best?

So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”
Acts 1:23‭-‬25 NASB

How dependent are we, as individuals and as a church, upon the Lord? If God has a plan, and He does, why do we not seek Him for direction in all situations, all circumstances?

🌹 From the minutest to the grandiose decisions in your life, seek God’s desire, His will, His way.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Sow The Word

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;  and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
Matthew 13:3‭-‬8; Mark 4:3-8; Luke 8:5-8 NASB

As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables.
Mark 4:10 NASB

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
Mark 4:13‭, ‬15‭-‬20 NASB

🌹 No matter how the seed is received, it must still be spread.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Love Life

And a lawyer stood up and put Him (Jesus) to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
Luke 10:25‭-‬28 NASB

🌹 How is your love life?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon