Seeking God: The state of your heart part 2

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In the previous blog post we looked at the parable of the sower (to read the full blog post, click here). In this post I will be looking at how we can change the wayside, rocky and thorny parts of our hearts in to good ground for the Word of God (seeds).

Our hearts are so important to God. He urges us to take care of it in Proverbs 4:23 (NIV):

Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it.

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Seeking God: The state of your heart

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Last week at our Bible study group, we talked about the parable of the sower. I carefully listened to what stood out for each person and what this passage meant to them. It is so amazing how God works in each of our lives. All the glory to Him for what he is doing in people’s hearts and lives. The same scripture can hold different meanings for us at different times in our lives.

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Seeking God: Everything and Everywhere Challenge

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A verse that we all know so well, has been a very important verse in our home lately. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

The other night I was thinking about this verse and the meaning of seeking His Kingdom, when I was challenged to make an effort to seek God in everything I do and everywhere I go. This has been quite a difficult challenge to up hold all the time, but whenever I am reminded of it, I really tried to seek God in everything I do. Continue reading

Seeking God: Getting back on track

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When life happens and we get caught up in our routines and our not so bad circumstances, we often loose sight of God. He takes the backseat while we just keep the momentum going forward. When things are not going particularly bad and we just coast by in life, is when we often let go of God’s hand. However, it is in these times when we should be spending more time with God, making the relationship stronger, seeking His face and making sure that if the circumstances get worse, we are standing firm in the Word. These are the times we can prepare, and grow, so when the storms come, we are so focussed on God that the storm passes without us even really noticing. But because we let go, do not grow and do not seek God, we are spiritually weak when the storms come. We seek God only in the rough times, and feel like He abandoned us, yet we were the ones that moved away. Continue reading

Love ourselves the way God loves us

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I wrote this a long time ago, before I had a blog or even knew I was going to have one. I remember the morning when I wrote this, God spoke to me about loving myself the way He loves me. It is hard to do with everything we see in the media and what others tell us… But here is the GOOD NEWS that God shared with me almost two years ago (in this post I speak specifically to woman, but this is very applicable to men as well): Continue reading

Looking Deeper – Philippians 4:6-7

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Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Looking Deeper – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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Making Life Matter: Refocusing

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I have not been posting for a while but I am back, and ready to blog away.

 

There are some finished posts still in draft that have been waiting to be posted, but today I have something else on my heart. It forms part of the topic I have been writing about since the beginning of the year: Making Life Matter.

We always hear people say, “Life is short”. Sometimes we even use these words ourselves, and often when our lives get shaken. The things that shake our lives can be anything but, usually has something to do with loss or the potential/threat of loss. My first question then is: do we really have to wait to lose something or someone, or almost lose something or someone before we realise how ‘short’ life really is? Or rather how valuable life really is? Then my next question: if we then get a ‘wakeup call’ and re-evaluate the real worth and meaning of life, why do we fall back into our old habits so quickly? Why do we have to wait for ‘bad things’ to happen before we take stock and really put in an effort to live more meaningful lives? I am also guilty of this and today I am mostly talking to myself. Continue reading