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AWAKEN 2019: A Humbled Heart

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“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.” - Psalm 34: 4-7

When we think of who God is, we can easily feel like we are too insignificant to bother Him. He’s known as the creator of everything we can see and even the things we can’t see! Realizing this, we can make the mistake of believing God has other things to tend to; things that are bigger and more important than just us. Oddly enough, we should feel small when we think of God, it should humble us:

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

God is mighty and we should be humbled at the thought of Him, but that humility should drive us to Him, not from Him. This is why Peter said, after humbling ourselves under his mighty hand, that we should cast all of our anxiety on Him – why? – “because He cares for you.” Did you get that? God cares for you! So much so that he even keeps count of all your tears (Psalm 56:8).

There is no fear, no shame, no amount of trouble that we could ever have that is beyond the reach of our God who saves. I know there are many things in our past, in our lives today, or even in the future that we may have gotten ourselves into trouble or are ashamed of or even fear, but the Psalmist says that He “sought the Lord.” Yesterday we saw that seeking the Lord should be done with a surrendered heart and when the Psalmist did this, God answered. Not only did He answer, but He delivered him from his fears.

In conclusion, take some time to read and reflect on the following questions:

  • What’s heavy on your heart that you need to bring to the Lord today? SeePsalm 34:15-18
  • Is there a situation or person that you have given up on praying for? Take some time and pray about that person/situation. See Luke 18:1-8
  • How has God previously moved in your life in a difficult situation? See Psalm 77:11-12

AWAKEN 2019: A Searching Heart

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“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” - Jeremiah 29:13

Have you ever lost anything? Maybe your car keys? The TV remote? Or something more valuable like a wedding ring or your wallet? We do anything and everything possible to find what we’re looking for. We become a lot like the woman who lost a silver coin in Luke 15: 

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’” - Luke 15:8-9

Sometimes we can feel like God is impossible to find, or maybe just too far away. The truth is, God wants us to know that He can easily be found. Many times, however, we go through our daily lives not even thinking about God. We don’t even know we have missed Him…until we need Him. God says through the prophet Jeremiah that when we seek Him, we can find Him. But, only when we are searching for God with a surrendered heart – “…when you search for Me with all your heart.” God desires to be in an intimate relationship with each of us.

He is always present, always around, and easily found if we will respond to His desire for us with a surrendered heart to Him. When Jesus sent out his disciples and gave the Great Commission, he ended with these powerful words, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age”(Matthew 28:20). The reality is, God is with you even right now, no matter how you feelHe is there. Sometimes we need to seek Him more intentional than others, but the result is finding more of Him. And that, like the woman with a silver coin, is a cause for celebration.

In conclusion, take some time to read and reflect on the following questions:

  • How can you respond today to God’s desire for you? See Isaiah 55:3
  • How can you be more intentional about your pursuit of God? See Psalm 1:1-2
  • What things are in your life that hinder your pursuit of Him? See Hebrews 12:1

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