Seek Truth

July 2019

I Need You

By |2019-08-04T09:51:54-05:00July 24th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Seek Truth|

My heart aches when I think how far we have gone – how far we’ve removed Your Word from our lives. Lord, we have conformed to the world and lies surround us. We have turned away from Your truth and lives are being torn apart. We need You. I need You!

You speak to my soul and calm my fears as I read Your Word. Your truth tells me, “If my people who are called by my name 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” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV).

Lord, I will stand firm against the world and seek Your truth – Your Word for my life. It is time to put You first in everything I do. Let Your will be done – not mine. And I pray You will open the eyes of all Your children to do the same. Only then, You will heal our land.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Quit Trying So Hard

By |2019-08-04T09:54:36-05:00July 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

Lord, someone today needs to hear this message. Equip me to share with them that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. They need to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up for what they have done. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

June 2019

When Others Hurt You

By |2019-08-04T09:58:19-05:00June 11th, 2019|Daily Truth, Seek Truth|

This morning, Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there are times I don’t understand what You were doing, I know that both are tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection.

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

March 2019

Don’t Look Back – Move Forward

By |2019-08-04T10:01:42-05:00March 20th, 2019|Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends, Seek Truth|

Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there were times I didn’t understand what You were doing, I know that both were tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection.

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Will I Do The Same?

By |2019-08-04T10:02:32-05:00March 10th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith, Seek Truth|

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.John 13:1

It’s hard for me to think about that terrible day that You endured. Judas had already betrayed You and painful scourging and the excruciating crucifixion awaited. But in Your last few moments of freedom, You didn’t stop serving others.

Taking off Your outer garment, You served his disciples. Horrified by Your performing the task of a lowly servant, Peter tried to refuse … until You convinced him of its necessity. He had to accept the cleansing and let You serve him and save him with Your incredible grace.

Then You explained. The foot washing ceremony was not to be a onetime event. You wanted it to be a way of life for Your followers. A way of life for me. If I belong to Your kingdom, I will serve as You, my King did. And You, King Jesus served all the way to Your death.

Sometimes, in my fatigue and weakness, I am tempted to give up. Service is hard and counterintuitive. But if I want to be like You, if I want my life to count for the kingdom, I cannot live just for myself. Your truth tells me, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Lord, I want to be like You!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

February 2019

Your Rain Will Come And I Will Stand Strong

By |2019-02-19T10:49:07-05:00February 6th, 2019|Daily Truth, Seek Truth|

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Knowing You are right, why is it still so difficult to stand against the sinful tide of our culture? Why do I desire to blend in so badly or fail to speak up for the one truth everyone needs to know to be saved from certain death? It is simply my unbelief. Like Noah, I am waiting for Your promise to be fulfilled. But unlike him, doubt creeps in and robs my resolve as I wonder if it’s ever going to rain.

You point me to Noah. He showed me a different way. Through intimate relationship with You, God, I can walk with integrity and purpose, even in a world bent on evil. I can be the one who stands with You, who delights in Your approval alone.

Lord, I know the rain will come and I will jump with joy. You never fail. So “strengthen my feeble arms and weak knees” (Hebrews 12:12). Let me be the one who stands out from the crowd and stand in the gap to pray for others (see Ezekiel 22:30), and stand close to You. 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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January 2019

Conversation At 3:00 a.m.

By |2019-08-05T14:15:27-05:00January 5th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, I Seek Truth Bible Study, Seek Truth|

This morning, I woke up early, around 3. There wasn’t a strange noise or a child crying. It was You. You woke me up to make me think about what I’d done. The day before, I’d taken a shortcut. I chose to make a decision to walk into an unhealthy relationship without seeking Your wisdom first. I didn’t pray, and the decision has caused me a lot of confusion. Now, in the early morning, I’m stuck without sleep, wondering what to do.

Because it’s You who’ve woken me, You provide an answer. You remind me of Your situation in the desert when You were tempted by the devil. “Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness. For forty days, Jesus ate nothing and was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1-2 ) You show me that You were tired. You were vulnerable and this was the perfect time to be tempted. The devil offered You a shortcut to the dominion of the world by worshipping him instead of God. He knew that if You accepted his offer, then Your purpose of dying on the cross would mean nothing, and I would be lost and dead in my sins. Eternal life with You would not exist. The Devil wasn’t just working against You in the dessert. He was working against all humanity. However, You, Jesus, didn’t take the shortcut. You kept Your eyes focused on Your heavenly Father, and His perfect plan, which included me and the rest of Your children.

Lord, thank You for showing me, through Your example, that I, too, can overcome this vulnerability. I can’t let Satan tempt me to take shortcuts, because shortcuts are not part of Your plan. Thank You for waking me up to Your truth.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

December 2018

Hiding Behind The Banner

By |2019-08-05T14:18:14-05:00December 20th, 2018|Seek Truth, Truth Stories|

Lord, my heart aches for those who hide behind the banner of Christianity. They truly don’t know You. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard stories of deceit, lies and backstabbing from those who say they follow You. Stories that hurt other Christians. Stories that would make unbelievers question Christianity.

But as I study Your Word, Your truth tells me, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. (Matthew 7 21-23 NASB).

I hear Your Spirit in my heart tell to me that You are sovereign and to stand firm in front of the banner. My role is not to judge the motives of others, but to share Your truth that will lead others to You. Peace will follow in this broken world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Today, I stand firm. Same for tomorrow.

*  I Seek Truth is written in first person so you can to place yourself and identify with each situation. 

How Do I Know?

By |2018-12-17T10:25:34-05:00December 17th, 2018|Daily Truth, Faith, Seek Truth|

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Heavenly Father, You have revealed to me that You want me to know You more deeply—to love Your Word, to trust You, to seek You, and to know there is no other way to have eternal life with You except through Your Son, Jesus. Your truth tells me, “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16–17 ESV).

Today is my beginning to know You more deeply, to love Your Word, and to trust You all the days of my life. You are God alone. You are truth. Heavenly Father, it is You that I seek. 

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Do You?

By |2018-12-13T06:38:37-05:00December 13th, 2018|Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

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You identified Yourself as the good shepherd who cares for the sheep. You know the ones who are Yours, and they know You. They never follow another voice because all others lead to danger and death. Only with the Shepherd can they find safety.

In our day, so many people want to widen the gate. They may accept You, Jesus, as a good man, but they also welcome the other deities or rituals people rely on to try to get closer to You, claiming all efforts to reach God are equally worthy. But You say Your own sheep know better. They know the voice of their Shepherd who has told them there is only one way to the Father. We enter his grace through You alone. It is only in Your pastures that we find abundant and eternal life.

 

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