Seek Truth

December 2018

You Walk With Me

By |2018-12-11T07:24:00-05:00December 11th, 2018|Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

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I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12

With Your Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, I am changed. The apostle Peter tells me, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:10); my former sins and my past lose their luster in light of Your incredible goodness. As I take in more of that light through repentance, Scripture-reading and prayer, I start to see Your hand in the details of my day—and the world around me. Just as You promised, You are with me wherever I go. You, the God of all creation walks with me, and I grow to be like You.

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Why Should I?

By |2018-12-05T08:37:18-05:00December 6th, 2018|Seek Truth|

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Sometimes I become unconcerned about obeying You and living Your way instead I focus on my way. You have clearly shown me Your way, through Your Word and the life of Jesus. You always have good reasons for Your commands, and I court disaster when I carelessly or deliberately disobey You.

Lord, I want to be conformed to the image of your Son and follow You way. As I take time to read Your Word, please open my mind and heart by Your Spirit to understand who You truly are. Then help me to follow You with an undivided heart in the way that pleases You most.

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November 2018

You Choose Me

By |2018-11-29T08:12:39-05:00November 29th, 2018|Exodus, Seek Truth|

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But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”Exodus 3:11–12

She could have given up. After all, countless other Hebrew mothers had felt the sting of Pharaoh’s order that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed. Who was she to think her baby should escape this fate? But Moses’ mother believed in the one who controlled everything—even the direction her basket floated as it carried her baby down the Nile and into the princess’s arms.

When Moses was older, the same question loomed before him. Who was he to be the one to free the Hebrew nation? What made him special enough to earn Pharaoh’s attention and Israel’s allegiance?

You, God, made the answer simple in Your address to Moses from the burning bush. It is never my own personal strength that earns me a place in Your divine plan. You choose my role and then equips me with Your Spirit to bring it to pass. My work is in believing You to be who You say You are and trusting You will accomplish through me whatever You have called me to do.

 

 

 

 

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What If I Mess Up?

By |2018-11-27T07:08:34-05:00November 27th, 2018|Exodus, Seek Truth|

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The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”Exodus 4:11–12

Moses wasn’t looking for a burning bush. But there it was, blazing away in his path—in the middle of the desert.

Moses wasn’t looking for a sign from You, God, because life was finally “normal” for him. Having escaped into anonymity from his former life as Egyptian royalty, he was very content with his plain-but-comfortable surroundings. His family, his job as a shepherd—his life was predictable and safe.

But You were calling him to a much bigger mission than the wilderness of Midian could afford. It would mean risk. Even danger. Worse still, the possibility of failure. So Moses answered You the same way I often do when You call me out of my comfort zone.

What if they don’t believe me? What if they won’t listen? What if I mess up? And ultimately, who am I to be the one for so great a task?

Your answer to Moses is the same for me. It’s not who I am, it’s who You are. It wasn’t about skills or abilities or persuasion or looks or money. It was about You, the One who is the great “I am,” the Creator and sustainer of the universe, who is more than able to make my obedience matter in Your kingdom. I will trust the great I Am!

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You Were There In The Midst Of It All

By |2018-11-25T07:36:44-05:00November 25th, 2018|Bible Study, Exodus, Seek Truth, The Books of the Bible|

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He thought he had escaped his past and hidden well in his new hometown of Midian. Life back in Egypt had been both hard and good. Good in that Moses enjoyed the privileges and education of royalty as an adopted son in Pharaoh’s kingdom. Hard, because he never forgot his true heritage. He was an Israelite by birth, and it had pained him terribly to see his own people so badly abused. In their defense, one day he killed a cruel Egyptian taskmaster who was tormenting a fellow Hebrew. The loyalty cost him his royal position and he fled to Midian to start a new life—an easier one. The sheep he tended there never argued or fought. They simply followed his lead, and life became good again.

Then You, God, showed up, blazing in a bush along Moses’ path, his life flaming with Your passion. “Go set my people free,” You commanded. Fear attacked from all sides. How could Moses say no to a holy God? But how could an ordinary shepherd deliver a nation?

“Send someone else,” he countered. But You would not have it. You had chosen Moses from before birth for this task, equipped him in ways he hadn’t even understood. Eventually, Moses began to see. The great I AM would be everything he could need, his own inadequacies insignificant in Your light—powerful, just, and compassionate— leading through him.

So Moses obeyed, step by step, and Israel’s history changed forever. Through ten disastrous plagues, You demonstrated Your supremacy over worthless Egyptian idols. Then leading Your people on dry land through a parted Red Sea, You sealed Egypt’s attempt to recapture the Israelites by drowning all who pursued them.

The Israelites slowly realized they were a people again—Your people, freed from former bondage to worship the One who delivered them. Moses as mediator received Your commands for holy living, instructions for the Tabernacle. He explained to Your people what it meant to have fellowship with You, a righteous God…what it looked like for their relationship to be restored, to be one again.

At Exodus’ conclusion, they built the Tabernacle, and Your glory descended to fill it. You had come to dwell with Your people, to love and lead them through life. Your cloud by day and fire by night reminded Moses and all Your people: The great I AM always has been and forever will be the one you need.

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Let’s Sabotage Him!

By |2018-10-04T14:13:50-05:00November 20th, 2018|Seek Truth|

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:20–21

They were a sorry lot. Joseph’s brothers were well aware of their shady past—the gossiping and complaining, the plotting and selling their younger brother into slavery, followed by years of lying and denial while Joseph lived in a distant, pagan land. Now that their father had died, they were worried Joseph might seek revenge. Begging him for mercy was their only plausible option.

Apparently they still didn’t know their younger brother. Though their deeds had been vile, Joseph had flourished under Your divine guidance. And Joseph was ready to repay them—not with the vengeance and punishment they deserved, but with the same kindness and goodness that You, God, had shown him.

It’s Your  incredible story of mercy and forgiveness, of seeing beyond the immediate situation to the eternal perspective—a story that I see again in the life of You, Jesus. Unlike Joseph, You were  perfect. Yet the people You came to save plotted against You, cursed and killed You. Like Joseph, You saw beyond the evil done to You to the supremely sovereign and good hand of Your Father, God. Joseph’s hard-learned truth rang even more powerfully through Your sacrifice: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

What painful circumstances surround your life today? Will you see yourself as a victim of misfortune, or will you find the hand of your Savior using your troubles for a greater good?

Face To Face With You

By |2018-10-04T14:13:03-05:00November 15th, 2018|Seek Truth|

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak . . . So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” Genesis 32:24,30

Jacob had sent his servants, his livestock, and even his wives and children ahead of him. Many years earlier, Jacob had twice taken advantage of his twin brother Esau—manipulating him to acquire his birthright and then deceiving their father to receive the firstborn’s blessing. Now Esau was coming to meet Jacob.

Whatever his motivation, Jacob was alone, as he had been when he was running away from Esau’s wrath and You, God, appeared to him at Bethel (see Genesis 28:10–22). The clamor of cattle and children, dueling wives and the general everyday chaos grew distant. Jacob was left in silence to wrestle with his thoughts. To rehash past mistakes—and regrets. To remember the undeserved promise of blessing You had made to him at Bethel.

And the fight began. This time, quite literally, as a mysterious “man” came and wrestled with Jacob all night long—a physical embodiment of the mental and spiritual turmoil Jacob had experienced with You most of his life. Jacob fought with all his might to receive a blessing already promised him. And it was granted.

Like Jacob, my life is often filled with people and pursuits that distract me just enough to ignore the battle with You raging in my heart. When I still the noise and steal away to meet You face to face, I am finally free to confront my deepest fears and misgivings, even about You. You aren’t afraid to take on my honesty. In fact, it’s through face-to-face engagement that I begin to experience the blessing that was meant to be mine all along.

Your Promise To Abraham Included Me

By |2018-11-13T07:37:45-05:00November 13th, 2018|Seek Truth|

Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lordby doing what is right and just, so that the Lordwill bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 15:5‑6

Your promise was great. You, God, chose Abraham to become the father of a nation so powerful that the whole world would be blessed through him. But Your requirement seemed too small. Could this magnanimous blessing truly become Abraham’s simply by believing You?

The answer was “Yes!”—not only for Abraham, but for all the children who followed in his footsteps of faith. Later in Scripture, Paul wrote to the Galatians explaining the Genesis passages in more depth. Abraham’s heritage wasn’t limited to Jews. Your promise for salvation extended to all, including me, who relied by faith on Your one provision for humankind: Your son, Jesus Christ, my Savior.

So now that I have become a child of Abraham through faith in Christ, what must I do? Keep believing You! Faith in Your goodness and provision yields a life surrendered to Your Spirit, filled with the fruit of Your presence in me. What will that fruit look like?“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23).This is fruit that continues to my family, friends and everyone and point them in the same heavenward direction.

You Were There In The Beginning!

By |2018-11-09T04:46:41-05:00November 8th, 2018|Seek Truth, The Books of the Bible|

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Imagine utter darkness. Total emptiness. Complete silence. And then one voice piercing the void. You, God!

You opened Your mouth and declared Your heart: Let there be light! and His everlasting power changed everything.

Light flooded the universe, the perfect canvas for His radiant creativity. Billions of stars, planets and galaxies blazed into being. Yet You reserved only one place for Your concentrated attention: earth.

Like an artist’s stroke, You brushed water and land into place. Sun, moon and stars rose at Your command. More words here, a rush of color there, and soon vegetation and animals filled the land and skies.

It was all good. You said so Yourself. But You weren’t finished. You wanted people made in Your very own image. People with whom You, the Creator of the universe, could have a relationship. Molding dirt into shape, You breathed Your life into man, and Adam awoke—living, thinking, laughing, and loving unlike anything else in all of creation.

But for Adam needed a helper. So You made Eve—not out of emptiness or dirt, but from Adam’s own rib. You took the one part from Adam closest to his heart to create a helper who would, in very essence, be one with Adam…and one with You. And You said, “It was very good.”

Genesis is the story where love begins…You, our God of the universe creating the world where You would come to have one-on-one relationships with Your people. Of course, Satan and sin entered the picture and severed that unity, bringing pain, death, and despair instead. Like permanent black ink spilled on a beautiful watercolor, the damage seemed irreparable.

But again, Your voice dispelled the darkness. You told of Your Son, the One, true Light of the world who could take away sins’ stain forever. In time, He would come to restore what had been lost. To heal the broken. To make Your people one with You again.

All wasn’t lost. Your masterpiece of hope had only just begun…

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What Is I Seek Truth?

By |2018-11-08T06:18:28-05:00November 7th, 2018|Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

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“And he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 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 1:36-39 ESV).

We search for meaning in life but can’t find it. We work to be good but often fail. We look for hope but find ourselves lost.

What are you seeking? It’s the first question Jesus asked His disciples in the book of John. And it’s a question we all must ask ourselves? Are you searching for truth in your life but the world pulled you away from God by enticing you to believe that others have the answers that will bring you happiness? Our Lord is calling you to come and see and seek His face, His Word—the Bible—and His promises that will fulfill your life—His truth.

I Seek Truth is an intimate journey of devotions that are heartfelt conversations with our heavenly Father – written in first person so that you can identify with each topic. From Genesis to Revelation, I Seek Truth will encourage you to seek and know God’s Word and His truth for your life.

My prayer is that His Word will speak to your heart and that you know He has done great things through the obedience of those who seek Him. And You are part of His plan.

 

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