Discoveries Along The Path Of Seeking Christ
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The value to a person of discovering Jesus Christ and having a true relationship with Him is beyond measure. I discovered these Truths as I travelled through life along the path of seeking after Christ. I have documented and arranged the discoveries here so that they may help to encourage many people and help to glorify Christ. I would like to thank the many believers who have preceded me along this path of seeking after Christ, who have left such a rich trail of God's Wisdom, Facts, and Truths for us, that we can discover and expand upon.
All Scripture references in this writing are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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Getting Wisdom Is The Principal Thing
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs 4:7.
We are commanded to discover and get God's Wisdom and His Understanding for use in all areas of our life. God's Wisdom is His Solution to solving all of the problems that we face. His Word is His Divine Wisdom for us to apply in our lives. The problem is not enough people properly understand His Wisdom, nor are they hungry enough, or wise enough, to go seeking after God and His Wisdom.
God is seeking those people who want to be disciples, those who truly desire to know Him and His Ways. Many people today want the benefits of God through Jesus Christ, yet they are unwilling to devote the time, money, and energy in the pursuit of God, and in truly knowing and believing upon His Son, Jesus Christ. We demonstrate our love, devotion and passion for God through our pursuit of Him through Jesus Christ.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6.
I highly recommend that you read my 33+ Christian writings, including Jesus and Limiting God, plus, as soon as possible, read the revised devotional writing that I compiled and edited titled Daily Discovering God, which is based on some of the works by Andrew Murray. These should help complement this Wisdom Truths writing, which is designed to give you, in outline form, a summary of many of the facts and truths that I have discovered about God and Jesus Christ, along the path of this journey I am involved in seeking after Him.
1. Decide Who You Are Going To Believe.
Your purpose and destiny in life is based on who you are willing to believe, whether God, Satan, or man. No one can force you to believe in them. The decision is yours. You have the freedom to choose error, or to walk in God's Wisdom and Truth. Your eternal destiny rests in whom you are willing to believe. God wants to believed above all else, but He will not force anyone to believe upon Him through Jesus Christ. Believing in God pleases Him. No one likes to be doubted, and this especially applies to God and Jesus. Many people fail to have a saving knowledge of, and trust in, Jesus Christ due to their failure to properly believe and respect Him. You must discover this truth, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." Acts 16:31. "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8.
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.
2. Decisions Decide Your Wealth.
Every decision that you make will either take you a step closer to wealth or poverty. I am speaking here of spiritual riches in Christ, as well as being healthy, wise, and blessed in your physical and emotional life. If you invest the time to study God's Word and in prayer, communion, and fellowship with Christ, you will reap a mighty harvest of blessings on many levels, including spiritual, physical and emotional. If you, on the other hand, decide to neglect your relationship with Christ, you are setting yourself up for bankruptcy on the various levels. For without a constant, abiding relationship with Christ, you are nothing. The people we chose to associate ourselves with will either lift us up or bring us down. Every decision is important.
3. Do Not Refuse Your Rewards From God And From Others.
There is a strong desire among some who call themselves Christians, or followers of Christ, to refuse any gift or money that anyone, including God, may offer them. When someone refuses a gift or reward, they usually end up insulting the giver of that gift. Imagine how you would feel if you truly wanted to bless a person with something of value and they refused it. Now, imagine how God must feel when we refuse His rewards and gifts that He desires to bestow on us through Jesus Christ! God delights in rewarding the faith of people who would truly believe and follow Christ. Do not refuse any gift that God desires to give. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6. Let us not be ungrateful to God. People who refuse to receive the free gift of God's Salvation through Jesus Christ are an example of those who are either ignorant or ungrateful to God for the provision that He has made, to escape the penalty of sin, which is death. We are rewarded for our belief and trust in God with eternal life through Christ. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23. We must not forget that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We must receive His rewards.
4. Everything You Do Affects Everyone Around You.
Timing is everything. Most people do not actively realize that every action that they take will have a ripple effect of consequences that stretch out into eternity. Whether you speak to someone or not, could impact whether they get to experience Christ as their Lord and Savior for eternity or not. In every decision that you make, you start a chain reaction of events, or consequences, that will impact both yourself and the lives of other people around you, either for good or for bad. We do not live in a vacuum, but rather in an interconnected society that functions as a living body, and which depends on each person to help hold the fabric of our world together. We either enhance the lives of others, or steal from them, denying them their God given right to pursue happiness and be free. Consider the consequences of each action, before you permit something to grow that will have negative consequences to yourself or others.
5. All Of The Promises Of Jesus Are Yes, Yes.
When we align ourselves to Christ, all of His promises are yes, yes, according to His Word. Jesus does not change His mind or go back on His Word! In 2 Corinthians 1:20 it confirms this, "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), and therefore it is also impossible for Jesus Christ to lie. We either believe both God and Christ, or we deny them to our peril. When we are so close to Christ, and have His Mind on a matter, we can not ask amiss, since our petition will glorify both Him and His Father, who is God. We need to seek out the true promises of God through Christ that are contained in the Holy Bible, and act in faith on them. While many of Christ's promises are conditional upon our proper faith, believing, and obedience, they are always "yes," if we meet His conditions. The answers may not come instantly, but they will come, if we do not doubt, grow weary, and faint. Doubt and unbelief will kill or delay Christ's promises from coming. Just like you can stomp out the growth of a plant in the ground, you can also kill the fulfillment and the destiny of promises that you are believing Christ for. Your belief needs to be nurtured and maintained.
Be about continually renewing your mind with Scriptures that apply to your particular situation, and keep asking in faith until you lay hold of the answer from God through Jesus Christ. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matthew 7:7-8. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:5-8.
"...ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." James 4:2-3. Read more of James chapter 4, to get more details about asking properly.
Our spirit, soul, and body need to be properly aligned and in agreement with God, for us to correctly receive His promises. We need to be sure our mind, thinking, and believing, are in covenant with God.
We need to ask properly, according to His Will, then seek, by finding and speaking in faith verses of Scripture that apply to your situation, then knock, at the door that you want God to open for you.
Keep asking, seeking, and knocking, until you get the answer promised in the Holy Word Of God. Too many people give up before their blessed harvest of promise comes in. Stay the course and boldly stand.
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:3-4. We are to walk patiently and be unhurried.
We are not to be anxious over anything, but we are to have the Peace of God through Christ in all matters. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:6-8. God responds to our hungering and seeking after Him through Christ.
God is watching over the words that we say, and He is faithful to perform His Word (Jeremiah 1:12). That is why we must speak His Word, and not our words, about a situation. We are not led by sight, but by faith. "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" 2 Corinthians 5:7. God responds to faith and to our speaking of His Word.
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3. God works in supernatural ways. He desires to show us things that we do not understand. His ways are above our ways, and His thoughts are above our thoughts (see Isaiah 55:8-12).
6. Confidence With God
A Christian's walk is to be one of confidence, belief, and full trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our hope. "...Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27. Our Christian walk all boils down to whether we are entirely yielded and aligned to Christ or not. We lose, if we doubt or waver in our faith and trust in Him. Our heart can have hardness toward God, also known as hardness of heart, which causes blockage to exist between us and God. If our heart is hardened, we can not expect to have our prayers properly answered, as we are "out of alignment" with Him. "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 1 John 3:21-24. We know He abides in us by the evidence of His Spirit.
The key here is to keep our heart so clean and clear of anything like sin, evil thoughts, and unforgiveness, so that Christ's righteousness will rule and reign in our heart. If our heart does not condemn us, then we have confidence with God. We then have right standing, trust and favor with God. God promises to then give us whatsoever we ask of Him. He will withhold nothing from those who truly believe and trust Him. Belief (in God) is all or nothing. You either believe someone, or else you doubt and do not believe them.
It is imperative to keep our heart from becoming hardened toward God and to our fellow man. We must check continually to make sure our heart does not condemn us, and to make sure we have not seared our heart or conscience with wrong thoughts, actions, ideas, or beliefs. A heart that is tender and open to being corrected by God is what is to be desired. When a yielded and tender heart, that has no hardness in it, does not condemn the person, then that person can have confidence with God. That heart will delight in God.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:4-5.
7. Having A Childlike Faith In God.
Faith is confidence in God. We must continually strive to have a simple, unfailing faith and trust in God, just as a young child should have towards his or her parents. It should be a full and unconditional trust and confidence in God. We must exhibit this unfailing faith in God, the Father, in Jesus, His Son, and in the Holy Spirit. Having this childlike type of faith is a prerequisite for entering into the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said, "...Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3-4.
"And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16.
The cares of this world will try to choke out our faith, including this childlike, unconditional faith in God.
8. The Unhurried Life In Christ And The Evidence Of Peace.
We are commanded in The Bible to be anxious for nothing, and to live an unhurried life through Jesus Christ. We must have the peace of God in evidence in all areas of our life. Since Jesus is the Prince of Peace, we as followers of Christ should be radiating His Peace as a testimony for all the world to see.
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7.
Peace brings with it faith, stability, and an unsurpassable hope in Christ. When we are at true peace, we are not easily moved. Distractions may come, but if we are really abiding with Christ in His Peace, then all the cares of the world should not upset or easily beset us. Peace is evidence of a right relationship with Christ.
We must be quiet and unhurried, so that we can properly hear the still, small voice of God. "And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice." 1 Kings 19:12.
"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12.
Peace should lead us into all truth. If we do not have peace, then something must be wrong, and we must be careful. Before making any decision, check to make sure that you have God's true peace about it first.
9. We Must Submit To The Holy Spirit Daily.
Every Believer in Christ needs to submit to, and be continually led by, the Holy Spirit in all of their ways. The Holy Spirit is a helper, comforter, and teacher, here with us, appointed to reveal the Wisdom of God.
In order to grow in our love and understanding of God, and live a proper life of faith in Jesus Christ, and obedience to Him, we urgently need the Holy Spirit's divine direction and wisdom. We can't get through life alone, apart from the wonderful help and direction that He brings. He guides us into all truth, so that we can properly know, trust, believe, worship, and adore Christ. Develop a deep relationship with Him.
10. A Virtuous Life.
The many blessings that shall come from a virtuous life are overwhelming. His righteousness brings His protection. When we abide with Jesus, there shall be no good thing that is denied us (Psalm 84:11).
Focus on doing what is right and pleasing to the Lord with your life. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." Philippians 4:8-9. Do these things and He will be with you.
11. Believe His Promises So You Shall Prosper And Lack No Good Thing.
We shall prosper, who love Jesus and keep His commandments. We need to exercise faith to demonstrate our belief and confidence in God, and we shall prosper and lack no good thing. "...Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper." 2 Chronicles 20:20.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing." Psalm 34:8-10. "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee." Psalm 84:11-12.
"THE LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Psalm 23:1-6.
Inspired by the statements and promises given in Psalm 23, we can boldly pray according to Jesus' words recorded in Matthew 6:9-15, "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
We shall lack no good thing, if we walk uprightly. We will then not be in want for anything. He is our Shepherd, our Source, and our Provider. We shall not lack secure rest (Psalm 23:2), guidance (Psalm 23:3), protection (Psalm 23:4), or sustenance and provision (Psalm 23:5). His blessings shall overtake us, as His goodness and mercy desire to pursue us and give us good things. God does this all for His Name's Sake (Psalm 23:3), to demonstrate His Honor, Nature, and Character, because of Who He Is.
"The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him." Lamentations 3:25.
12. The Importance Of Agreement. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3.
A vital truth is that abiding brings agreement, and then agreement brings power. There is power in unity. Why do you think the enemy fights so hard to bring disunity and distrust between believers in Christ? He knows that the only way he can defeat us is to attack our unity, to disarm us from having proper power in Christ, and also to attack our belief and trust in God, so we are not walking in faith (confidence with God).
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." John 15:7-9.
Your mind, flesh, body, and spirit must be in covenant and agreement with God. We are to be so lined up with God's promises and His ways that nothing else matters in our life. We need to be so full of the Mind of Christ that it is in full control of our life. We can not allow ourselves to be controlled by a mind of flesh.
The power of agreement, when used properly by believers, is an awesome tool that will prevent the enemy from having his way. In Leviticus 26:8, we are told that 5 can chase 100, and 100 can chase 10,000.
Discover what God's Word has to say about your situation and agree with it. Allow yourself to become so convinced that God's Word is true, that nothing else will be able to shake or challenge your belief and faith in what His Word says. The enemy wants to steal God's Word from your life. You must remain steadfast in agreement with the truth contained in His Word, without wavering in your belief and trust in God.
"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:18-20.
You will either believe the truth or believe a lie. You either are agreeing with God or with someone else. Every decision and thought that you permit, clearly demonstrates who you believe and are agreeing with.
"...choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15.
13. The Need To Be Loved: Love Not The World, Neither The Things In The World.
We have a need to be loved, respected, and appreciated by God and by others. There is an "inner void" that is reserved exclusively for God, and only He can truly fill and satisfy it. Many people try to fill that void with people, lusts, and other things, but they will ultimately fail, until they discover the benefits that come from a true loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17.
"I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:1-3.
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Romans 8:6-9.
We need to have our mind transformed from following after the flesh (this world and the lusts it contains) to following after the perfect will of God. We need to have our minds washed with the water of the Word (Ephesians 5:26-27) and empty ourself of self, and instead put on Christ. "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. " Romans 13:14. Apart from Him we are nothing. We need to stop being a people pleaser, but rather be a God pleaser. Pleasing God, by believing and trusting in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ, is essential to a healthy, faithful Christian life.
14. Faith And Prayer.
Prayer is vital and essential to a proper, healthy, well-balanced Christian life. Prayer changes things. Many people have not, because they ask not, "...ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2. We need to ask properly, in prayer, while maintaining an expectant attitude of faith and belief in the promises of God.
"...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16.
Prayer is the key to receiving anything from the Lord. Effectual means that it will produce the desired results. Fervent means to have or display passionate, sincere, devout, committed intensity. Prayer really is communication with God. Your prayer should be specific, focused, and heartfelt. It must also be a prayer of faith, filled and wrapped with confidence in God's ability to properly and faithfully perform it. Then you should thank Him: "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Give proper thanksgiving unto God, then wait expectantly and patiently for the fulfillment of His promises.
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17.
We should be continually striving to increase our faith, or confidence in God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We need to be so saturated with the Word of God to have our faith built up properly. We need to receive the proper preaching of the Word of God to increase our faith. We should not pray to receive faith, but rather we should pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us into God's Word, so that our faith may increase. Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14) and the author and finisher of our faith.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. " Hebrews 12:2.
"NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1.
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" Hebrews 10:23.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6.
The enemy fights Christians in the area of their minds, to try and get them to doubt and stop walking in faith towards God and in God's promises. We must be so convinced of Who God Is and in His Promises that nothing will steal from or shake our confidence with God. Truly, "...the just shall live by his faith." Habakkuk 2:4. Paul confirms this, "...as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17.For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:13-15.