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When I think of the word quest, the art of searching is not something I think of. I wouldn’t consider a quest an art, this did make me think however. An art is something which is close to you, something you dedicate yourself too. An art is something you continually develop to increase skill and final product. I realised that we do not have many quests in life. There is a difference between looking and searching. When you lose your keys, you look all over the house for them. When you lose something much deeper however like a life, you delve much deeper into a search.
How many of you can say you’ve really experienced a quest in life? The more I think about this definition, the more I realise many haven’t experienced this. To really seek something out. In Psalms 42 we read “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” A desire to meet God is present, the Man of God was seeking to know when the time of visitation was. A wavering thought for God is much less personal than a soul who is hungry for an encounter. The word art is important here as it really identifies for us how much effort must be placed upon the activity. I recently saw an advert about people who were seen in the public for specific reasons (Sports, Athletics etc). I started thinking to myself, do you think these people only work on the day they come on TV? Substantial effort is put in, far long before we ever see them on TV. The disciples didn’t just get the boldness to start acting from the beginning of Acts, they were training throughout the Gospels to ready themselves for what was ahead.
How far does your quest go? Is the quest your on in life subject to the place where you are born? Are you willing to move far away from all you have known to continue your quest. My brother lives in America, on pursuit of a dream, he decided to take his quest to the next level, by leaving his society and going somewhere new. A quest is shaped by the hard decisions in life, to go or not go? The decision many make daily. So how far does your quest stem?
Our father Abraham decided to leave his society, on pursuit of a relationship with Yah. The Bible says “when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:8-10).” Not willing to be subject to his environment, he left his whole family in the end, to start a new family. While his name was yet Abram, he left and became Abraham: which is the beginning of a multitude, or the father of many people.
A decision is what distinguishes the searchers and the onlookers, and we see this clearly from the book of Ezra. We see in the scriptures that “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. (Ezra 7:10)”
Make the decision!
The past week has seen me going back to the beginning and relearning the creation. I found myself muddling up certain days and just guessing on occasions, what happened on day three, or what happened on day four. I wanted to be more sure of myself…I went back to the scriptures. When we want to develop, we have to put in the necessary effort, to receive the necessary results.I started to go through the first verses of the Bible and it started to become refreshed. On top of this refreshing, I was opened up to new truths. New things God had opened my understanding to. The reason I can learn more from things studied previously, is because God rewards people who are diligent towards him. Those who desire to search for the Gold, find the gold. Jesus said in Matthew six, we should search for the kingdom and all the righteousness that it entails, this would conclude with all other things being added to us that we need. Hebrews six concurring, God rewards those who seek him diligently. When the believer decides to search for His presence and desires relations, God is moved…God is moved by our faith.
Paul noted the Bereans as a people who were more noble than those in Thessalonica because they received the word, studied the word and then made there conclusions. We should know that we owe a duty to God, not be deceived so easily, this scripture shows that we should owe an obligation to ourselves also. You owe it to yourself to be better and learned in the scripture. If you feel this is beyond you, ask for help and God will grant you. Jesus said ask!
Last year I did some writing on the birth of Jesus and surrounding stories. It was a chance for me to share some of the insights I had from God. I once thought to myself, “let me take the story of Christmas, and biblicize it. I want to take the story and find where everything came from in the Bible.” The 25th, the presents, the tree (decked in jewellery), the three wise men and many other things we follow today. As I delved into my study, it started to become apparent that many of the stereotypical things Christmas brought about were not biblical. This may be a shock for you if you have never come across this, this may be another of the many times you’ve heard this, whatever the case, analyse the text.
Firstly, the scripture never tells us that there were three wise men, the scripture talks of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh but never says three men came. Go to Matthew 2 and read down as I make these claims, and remember don’t take my word for it or believe what I say alone, pick up the Bible and see for yourself. If I came to your house with two friends, brought two gifts and you relayed the story to someone else, the hearers who went on to state two gifts were given from your visitors, would be a misjudgement for those to then say two friends came. The point I am making is simple, if we do not have facts we cant make assumption fact. However many wise men were present that is unknown, what we do know is that gifts were exchanged. The next thing I want to assess is the concept of giving gifts on the 25th December, these men did not see Jesus on the day of the Lord’s birth. Let me ask you a simple question, where was Jesus born? In a manger right? When you read Matthew 2 (verse 11), what is the first word that starts with h? This is not a manger. Adding to this point, by this verse Jesus had been described as a young child. As you keep on through the scripture, many references to young child occurs. Search what that phrase means in the Greek. Go to Luke 2, read the information given to us about the shepherds (verse 12), they were to find him in the manger. These men saw Jesus on his birth but the wise men did not.
To have a meeting with a king, then to travel to another city in the space of a few hours doesn’t make much sense. Reading Luke 2 and Matthew 2 simultaneously gives us good insight into what happened on Jesus’ birth. Finishing off this article, I want to close with the truth that no where mentions December 25th as the day the Lord was made flesh. This date when studied, highlights dates of false gods and other things like that but study for yourself.
Pick up your Bible and search out the scriptures daily!
Scriptures of interest: Matthew 2 – Wise men Luke 2 – Shepherds Jeremiah 10 – Tree decked in gold Acts 17 – The Berean.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Let us all make a joyful noise for the Lord and all his goodness. Let us celebrate the years to date he has given us. When we forget to give thanks to the Lord for the goodness we receive, it is easy to become complacent. Throughout the Bible, as well as much celebration, we have many people who desired greatly to worship God. Countless close calls and many who crossed the finish line in flying colours.
The book of Psalms in my view is a book of celebration. A celebration by many people who had the mind to testify of goodness from above. God does so much to help us in life, he does so much, we find ourselves talking about him often. To have something so good and to not share it is abnormal. When we just find something new, we can’t wait to tell people (calling friends and family soon). Let us remember that the noise we make for Christ, shouldn’t be ordinary, for he wasn’t neither was what he did for/to you.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Why would we ever come to God less than happy with him? We may find ourselves venting to God about past issues but its ok, he knows!
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
We didn’t arrive here by ourselves, neither did we create ourselves. Everything we have, has been given to us one way or another. Let us acknowledge the fact God is all-powerful and has the ability to change us at ease. Whether we say we want to praise God for what he does in our lives, let us at least praise him for what he done before we even knew anything. We are the sheep of his pasture, he is the great shepherd.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I remind myself of the question wrote in of my books, if you willingly fight against God, doesn’t that mean he’s real? If you know he’s real why not worship?
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Everyday should be celebrate day with God, for he is the King and the redeemer.
This month was actually interesting as pursuit cropped up in several different places in my life. Ironically, I watched the film the pursuit of happiness and whilst watching, it made me learn some new things about pursuit. I see so much, how before the great pursuit starts, or before the great success in your pursuit starts, you find yourself in some very hard times. These times may be some of the hardest and murkiest times of your life. Speaking to someone about pursuit a few days ago, they began to indicate how they are so close to success in life but it seems as if so much hardship is coming prior to success. I merely stated to them that life is transition or motion. To go so deep into the mire, when you return to the water, you must first travel back through all the dirt to get to the cleanliness.
The example of Jacob springs to mind. Jacob left home after duping his brother. He then had to grind out hard work for a number of years. While Jacob worked, he acquired much. One of the last things he received from Laban, was what he initially wanted (Rachel). When Jacob left, he obtained much cattle. Laban was after him and he thought it would be hard. After this, Esau is headed in his direction. Jacob is covered with fear and seeking God for answers. God assures him…Jacob left and was returning back to his home. This was a journey from one place, back to the starting point and then beyond. Jacob went through much strife to get to the man that would be called Israel. Even into parenthood and old age. Jacob thought he lost sons, only to regain him and much more years later.
Things look bad in life at times and what we have to do is take one more step.
The things created:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…The first thing I would like to do is tell you what nurture isn’t. I took this part of this verse from Romans to highlight what the opposite of nurture is. The opposite of nurture is nature, or the natural things. There are not many natural things in life, which I think is key to understanding why nurture is the way it is, it also gives us the opportunity to evaluate what nurture is.
When I sat down at my desk and began thinking about typing something for you guys and girls, the Spirit led me to start thinking about what nurture actually is…
Nurture is change, by this I mean the ability to change an outcome or situation by choice. An example that comes to mind is one who attempts changing one’s gender. The reasons behind it are far and few, however the change is going from something which is natural – meaning not able to change, to something nurtural. I just made a new word which defines exactly what I’m saying. Nurture is change! When God created man and woman, he created them specifically, by this I mean he gave features to the man, features to the woman and on top of this, he gave them both commandments. Throughout time, we have seen What was natural to God, be turned to nurture by man. Now really there is no real differentiation between men and women, they all do the same stuff without restraint. Nurture is change.
Nurture is life, by this I mean nurture is the life we choose to live. Deciding to do this when you were five years old, to do that when you were eleven, nurture is not seeing eleven years old because your life was taken by another.
Unlike nature, nurture consists of many different components. Like so many things today, people use them mainly for the wrong reason, there are some though which use nurtural things for the right reason. For example, this blog chain we write every month, its something nurtural we do with intentions of forming a network and many other positive reasons.
Nurture is chance, by this I mean the chance to do good as well as evil. Where some choose evil, we have the chance to choose good.
Be nurtural for good.