Don’t Look Back – Move Forward

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.

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Will I Do The Same?

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.

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Quit Trying So Hard

Equip me to share with others that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. The world needs 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 the deficit. 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.

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Your Rain Will Come And I Will Stand Strong

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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Conversation At 3:00 a.m.

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.

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What Are You Seeking?

In the stillness of the morning, I ponder Your first conversation that You had with two of Your disciples in the Book of John. Two powerful questions that I, too, have to ask myself – What are you seeking and where are you staying?

 “The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour” (John 1:37-39 ESV).

Jesus, forgive me when the world pulls me away from You by enticing me to believe that others or things have the answers that will bring me happiness. It’s a lie. I hear Your Spirit in my heart calling me to seek Your face, Your Word—the Bible—and Your promises that will fulfill my life—Your truth. I will come, see and follow You forever. 

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

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