Seek Him Sermon Series – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

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Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

I. What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord

The phrase “seek him” is found in the Bible 14 times and “seek the Lord” is found 27 times.

The Bible is filled with references to this – both Old Testament and New Testament.

               A. Seek Him does not mean that God is lost

  • Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

We associate the idea of seeking for something with looking for something that is lost.

We search for our shoes, belt, our car keys, our homework.

But sometimes we seek for things we need or want, but it is not lost, we just don’t know where it is.

People search for a church, or a school, or a car, or a good price on airline tickets, or a house.

ILLUSTRATION: We were looking for a house a few years ago. My wife found it first and tried to tell me about it. Then I “found” it on the real estate app, and thought I had found it.

We find things that were not lost; we just didn’t know where it was.

God is not lost. He is everywhere.

There is no place where God does not exist.

Psalm 139

  • 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
  • 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
  • 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
  • 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

               B. Seek Him does not mean that God is difficult to find

  • Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
  • James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

ILLUSTRATION: Have you ever played the game “Cold or Hot?”

You hide something and then someone has to find it. You give them clues by telling them they are cold or hot?

They are cold if they getting further away. They are hot if they are getting close?

In James 4:8 when you start moving toward God, He starts moving toward you.

He is not hard to find.

ILLUSTRATION: The Ethiopian eunuch was searching for God. He traveled all the way to Jerusalem from Ethiopia to find God. He bought an Isaiah Scroll, trying to find God. Guess what God did? He sent a preacher by the name of Philip all the way to the desert to the exact spot where the Ethiopian was traveling in his chariot. God sent him a preacher to show him how to “find” God.

God is not the one playing hide-and-seek. We are.

The first time you find someone hiding in the Bible, it was Adam and Eve hiding from God.

God wasn’t hiding from them!

               C. Seek Him means you want Him AND need him

Let me expound on this.

You need God, whether you want him or not.

There are a lot of things that you need, that you may not want.

You need to bathe every day, whether you want to or not.

You need to put on clean clothes every day, whether you want to or not.

You need to eat your vegetables, whether you want to or not.

You need to go to school, and pay attention, and listen, and learn, and do your homework.

You need to take your medicine when you’re sick.

You need to go outside and play and get exercise.

You need to go to bed at a decent hour – all of these are things you NEED to do but may not WANT to do.

But God – you NEED God.

There’s no question about that.

Jesus said: John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The problem is, we many times do not WANT God.

Job 23

  • 11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
  • 12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

               D. Seek Him means that God knows that YOU know that you need Him

God wants you and I to realize just how important He is to us.

When we seek Him, we are telling Him, “I need you!”

God is looking for people that WANTS Him and KNOWS they NEED Him.

Seek Him Chapel Sermon Series

Part 2

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

How Am I to Seek Him?

Dozens of times in the Bible we find the phrase “seek the Lord” or “seek Him”.

But there is another phrase that is found in many of these verses.

That phrase goes something like this: “if thou seek him with all thy heart and all thy soul.”

ILLUSTRATION: Have you ever looked for something and couldn’t find it? Have you ever got other people to help you look for it? Have they found what you were looking for, and it was in a place you had already looked? The problem was you were not really looking for it, you were just going through the motions. You were distracted and thinking about something else.

Quick Review from last week:

               A. Seek Him does not mean that God is lost

               B. Seek Him does not mean that God is difficult to find

               C. Seek Him means you want Him AND need him

               D. Seek Him means that God knows that YOU know that you need Him

So the question is this: How are we supposed to SEEK HIM?

What are the rules for this act of seeking Him?

We could look at many passages of Scripture, but let’s look at one in particular this morning.

TURN TO 2 CHRONICLES 15 (Keep your place in Deut. 4)

In this story, there was a prophet names Azariah.

               A. Without Delay – vs. 2-4

There is an urgency that comes with SEEKING HIM.

The man of God told them, “The Lord is with you, while ye be with him, and if ye seek him, he will be found…”

But he didn’t stop there – he warned them, “…but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.”

Notice the mess they were in (vs. 3, 4)

God called it “trouble.” They were in trouble.

ILLUSTRATION: Have you ever been in trouble? Does it sober you? Does it scare you? Does it worry you?

If someone told you right now that you were in trouble with the teacher, would you not get serious?
If someone told you that you were in trouble and that you were being called to the principal’s office, would you casually take your time and get there sometime next week or next month? NO!

The nation of Israel was in trouble. Why?

The Bible tells us why in verse 3.

                              1. They were in trouble because of their IDOLATRY.

For “a long season” Israel had been without the true God.

They had been worshipping idols, false gods, man-made images, and not worshipping God.

God hates that!!

(LOOK AT DEUT. 4:23-28)

They were in trouble because of their idolatry.

ILLUSTRATION: Tell story of my trip to India and seeing all the false gods and altars in people’s yards.

                              2. They were in trouble because of their IGNORANCE

They were in trouble because there were no teaching priests.

They had not learned about God or His Word.

Not knowing God or His word is a serious problem.

They were in trouble because nobody had taken the time to learn what God said.
There were no Bible teachers, no preachers, no prophets.

This is not something to be taken lightly.

  • Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

They were in trouble because of their IGNORANCE.

                              3. They were in trouble because of their ILLEGALITY

The Bible says in verse 3 they were without law.

Most people do not like laws, but we have to have them.

Without laws, there is chaos, anarchy and life is miserable.

               B. Without Distraction – vs. 8-11

  • 2 Chronicles 15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

They put away the abominable idols – vs. 8

They renewed the altar of the Lord – vs. 8

They gathered together immediately – vs. 9, 10

They offered sacrifices to the Lord – vs. 11

  • 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep

Notice how dedicated they were to this.

  • 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
  • 13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
  • 14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.

They were not juggling SEEKING GOD and other responsibilities.

They were not mixing SEEKING GOD with fun and games.

They were ALL BUSINESS!

               C. Without Division

You cannot seek the Lord HALF-HEARTEDLY!

It must be with ALL your heart and ALL your soul.

Verse 15 says WITH THEIR WHOLE DESIRE.

You cannot seek the Lord with half of your heart seeking Him, and the other half seeking the world!

  • Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

God’s throne is not a loveseat.

God is not going to share the throne with anyone else or anything else.