Man Must Seek God

Posted By on Friday, April 20, 2018

2. What do the following show?
(1) II Chron. 12:14 – That failure to seek God constitutes evil doing in the sight of God
(2) Isa. 34:16 – Seeking God includes seeking him in “the book of the Lord” with understanding, Neh. 8:7-8, and compliance therewith, II Chron. 14:4; II Kings 22:8, 10-20
(3) S. S. 3:1-4 – That a successful seeking of God may require going beyond the efforts of others
(4) S. S. 5:2-7 – The unhappy results of failing to respond to his approach

Guiding Principles

Posted By on Thursday, April 19, 2018

C. GUIDING PRINCIPLES
1. Point out the essence of the following passages:
(1) II Chron. 34:1-3 – A truly seeking heart will abandon its idolatries, i.e., those things which compete with God and relegate him into a secondary position
(2) Psa. 9:10 – Seeking God equates trust in God
(3) Psa. 63:1 – A* seeking heart gives God priority over other things, Prov. 8:17; Psa. 78:34
(4) Hosea 5:15c – There are those who will seek God only under the pressure of affliction
(5) Ex. 33:7 – Those, who really want to seek God will not permit inconveniences to stand in their way
(6) I Chron. 15:13 – The Lord must be sought in the due order of his ways, e.g., Zech. 7:1-7; Jas. 5:16; II Kings 5:1-14
(7) Isa. 58:2 – True seeking of God is not the mere formality of a religious procedure
(8) Jer. 3:10 – True seeking of God is not making a mere outward show without an inward change of heart, Isa. 29:13

Forsaking God

Posted By on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

B. FORSAKING GOD
1. How is man seen to be forsaking God in I Sam. 8:8? By his works, i.e., by the things he does contrary to the laws and ways of God
2. Point out from the following scriptures how man forsakes God:
(1) Psa. 89:30 – By forsaking the law of God
(2) II Kings 10:31 – By failure to walk in the law of the Lord
(3) Isa. 5:24 – By casting away God’s law
(4) Amos 2:4 – By despising the law of the Lord
(5) Prov. 3:1 – By forgetting the law of the Lord
(6) Jer. 44:10 – By not fearing the law of God

3. Comment on II Chron. 16:12-13: Asa did not die simply because he sought to the physicians, but because he failed to repent for the sins which were the cause of his disease and refused to turn back to God whom he had forsaken

Man's Search For God

Posted By on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MAN'S SEARCH FOR GOD

A. MAN’S NEED OF GOD
1. What is evident from:
(1) Isa. 55:0? That there is a time of opportunity to seek God, but this opportunity is limited (Luke 13:24-25)
(2) Jer. 29:13? God will be found by seeking man when God takes first place in his heart
(3) Prov. 1:23-27? Seeking God involves a response in deed as a necessary consequence of a response in heart
(4) Prov. 1:28-30? Refusal to respond to God in time of opportunity may bring a consequent silence of God in time of need
(5) Isa. 65:1-2? God might give to others the opportunity hich we reject

2. Note David’s desire for God in Psa. 27:8 as given in another rendering: “My heart said unto thee, let my face seek thy face.”

Promise For Seeking Him

Posted By on Monday, April 16, 2018

3. Note the promises of God to those who seek him in:
(1) Psa. 9:10 – He will not forsake them
(2) Lam. 3:25 – He will manifest his goodness to them
(3) Zeph. 2:3 – He will preserve them
(4) II Chron. 20:4 – He will give help (20:20-25)
(5) II Chron. 14:7 – He will give rest from the oppression of the enemy, II Chron. 15:3-15; Isa. 59:19
(6) Psa. 34:4 – He will give deliverance from all fears of every kind
(7) Deut. 4:29-31 – He will show mercy for past failings and be true to his covenant
(8) Prov. 28:5 – He will grant understanding in God’s judgments

4. Of what is man assured in James 4:8? That if he will draw nigh to God with a true heart, God will assuredly draw nigh to him

God Desires Man

Posted By on Sunday, April 15, 2018

B. GOD’S DESIRE FOR MAN
1. Note how God looks for man to seek him as seen in:
(1) Psa. 53:2-3 – God looks down from heaven to see if any understand God’s desire for man to seek him and give evidence of this seeking by acts of righteousness, Isa. 32:17; Acts 10:35
(2) Hosea 5:15 – God waits for man to acknowledge his offense and seek his face
(3) Amos 5:8 – God invites man to seek him and emphasizes his omnipotence as an incentive for man to respond to the invitation

2. What is apparent from:
(1) John 6:44? That man is dependent upon God to give him
a desire to seek God showing that:
a. Fallen man is by nature without any desire for God and has no ability to come to God without divine aid
b. Any desire for God necessarily originates in God and constitutes a divine assurance of its fulfillment if there is an adequate response by man
(2) Isa. 44:3? That there is a relationship between the extent of God’s response and the degree of man’s awareness of his need
(3) II Chron. 15:2? That God’s attitude toward man is determined by man’s attitude toward God
(4) Ecc. 2:1-11? That there is no satisfactory substitute for God
(5) Ezra 8:22? That failure to seek God is equivalent to forsaking God, I Chron. 28:9
(6) Jer. 2:19? That the consequences of forsaking God areboth evil and bitter
(7) Isa. 45:19? That God will not be sought in vain, for when he exhorts man to seek him he intends to let himself be found, Jer. 29:13-14

Seeking God-2

Posted By on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Note God's complaints in:

(1) Amos 5:5-6 – Failure to seek the God of the house instead of the house of God
(2) Isa. 31:1 – Failure to put confidence in God and seeking him instead of turning to the resources and methods of the world
(3) Isa. 9:13
– Failure to respond to discipline by turning and seeking God
(4) Hosea 7:10 – Failure to return and seek God notwithstanding the consequences of forsaking God
(5) Psa. 10:4 – Failure of man to seek God through wilful refusal of the “pride of his countenance,” i.e., a snobbish attitude
(6) II Chron. 32:25 – Failure to render unto God according to the benefits bestowed by God
(7) Isa. 30:15 – Failure to return to God notwithstanding the assurance of his promises
(8) Isa. 64:7 – Failure of men to stir themselves to seek the Lord instead of remaining in a state of indifference and lethargy

Seeking God

Posted By on Friday, April 13, 2018

SEEKING GOD - I want to share this study outline for the next several days - may it be a blessing to you!
GOD’S SEARCH FOR MAN

A. GOD’S COMPLAINT
1. In Zeph. 1:4-6 God complains about three classes of people. Point out these classes and suggest an illustrative example for each:
(1) “Them that are turned back from the Lord,” e. g., such as those who:
a. Draw back from God, Heb. 10:38
b. Turn away from God, Heb. 12:25
c. Fall away from God, Heb. 6:6
(2) “Those that have not sought the Lord, e.g., such as those who:
a. Do not even miss him, Jer. 2:1-8
b. Have forgotten him, Jer. 2:32
c. Have other interests, Jer. 2:13
(3) “Those who have not enquired for him, e.g., such as those who:
a. Became weary of God, Isa. 43:22, 24a
b. Are glad to be away from God, Jer. 2:31
c. Do not say “where is the Lord,” Jer. 2:6

Praying Scriptually

Posted By on Thursday, April 12, 2018

6. To what does this prayer proceed in 6:13b? To a triumphant scene in the form of a doxology. Its keynote is the affirmation of the ultimate triumph of God over evil
7. Comment on this doxology: Although the authenticity of this doxology is a matter of serious doubt, to say the least, it certainly is a most appropriate and scriptural conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer

8. Point out the essential principles in this doxology as contained in the following segments:
(1) “For thine is the kingdom” – Affirmation of God’s right to the kingdom. Although Satan, by his rebellion against God, has usurped the rulership of the affairs of men and has become “the god of this world,” II Cor. 4:4, God has nevertheless retained title to the kingdom and his exclusive right to the throne
(2) “And the power” – Affirmation of God’s sovereign power. Even though Satan is “the prince of the power of the air,” Eph. 2:2, “the rulers of the darkness of this world,” Eph. 6:12, God has both the authority and the capability to enforce his right to the kingdom and he will, in due time, terminate Satan’s rule so that “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ,” Rev. 11:15
(3) “And the glory” – Affirmation of the glory of God. The glory of God is the object of all true prayer for whatever immediate purpose it might be offered. Therefore, we pray for health, not because we want to live longer, but because we want to serve longer. We pray for money, not because we want to spend more, but because we want to give more. We pray for food, not because we enjoy the pleasure of eating, but because we want to be able to carry out his will. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God,” I Cor. 10:31
(4) “For ever” – Affirmation of the ultimate triumph of God. God’s kingdom has come; Satan’s kingdom has been destroyed. His will is done; no other will opposes him. He has forgiven our sins; the accuser of the brethren has been silenced. He has brought temptation to an end; no seducing power remains. He has delivered us from the evil one; neither sin nor Satan can trouble us. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”

Specific Principles-2

Posted By on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

C. SPECIFIC PRINCIPLES (CONT’D.)
1. To what scene does the Lord’s Prayer proceed in 6:ll-13a? To an earthly scene with its material needs, sinful states, and spiritual conflicts. Its keynote is prayer for personal interests, those of others as well as our own
2. Why does prayer for “our daily bread” precede prayer for forgiveness? To show that God as our Father will be faithful to his obligations notwithstanding some unsettled accounts
3. Comment on the meaning of “bread” in 6:11: This word does not refer to literal bread, merely, but to all the necessities of life as evident from v. 25 and Isa. 55:2
4. “Give us this day,” 6:11, implies what? That the Lord’s Prayer is meant to be a “daily” prayer for “this day” whether it is prayed in its given form as a medium of expression, or whether it is prayed by employing its basic principles in any other mode of prayer

5. Point out the essential elements of prayer in this earthly scene from the following statements:
(1) “Give us,” v. 11 – Acknowledgment of our dependence upon God. This is the prayer of the needy child. Without any trace of independent self-sufficiency and self-assertive pride, the needy child is content to rely on the Father’s care with humble childlike simplicity
(2) “This day,” v. 11 – Acknowledgment of our confidence in God. This is the prayer of the trusting child. With unquestioning confidence in the continued faithfulness of the Father’s care, the petitioner is entirely content with sufficiency for the needs of the present without any anxiety about the needs of the future

Said the sparrow to the robin,
“I would really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”
Said the robin to the sparrow,
“Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.”
(Author not known)

(3) “Our daily bread,” v. 11 – Contentment with the necessities of life. This is the prayer of the modest child. There is no request for luxuries here. While we as children have a legitimate right to receive support, the Father is under no obligation to provide mere luxuries, although he might bestow even these, but out of kind generosity, not out of obligation, Psa. 68:19
(4) “Forgive us,” v. 12 – Acknowledgment of our sinfulness. This is the prayer of the sinful child. All sins are “debts” because of our unfulfilled obligations both to God and man, whether by omission or commission. As we have no assets to pay what we owe, forgiveness is the only means to liquidate this indebtedness when there is no unforgiving spirit on our part to form an obstacle to our being forgiven
(5) “Lead us not into temptation,” v. 13a – Acknowledgment of our moral weakness. This is the prayer of the weak child. Because of our inherent propensity to evil, (Matt. 26:41), and consequent susceptibility to sin, this is a petition for protection against exposure to Satan’s temptation beyond our ability to endure
(6) “But deliver us from evil,” v. 13a – Acknowledgment of our impotence. This is the prayer of the helpless child. Inasmuch as God solicits no man to sinful compliance, (Jas. 1:13), this is an entreaty to God for deliverance “from evil,” i.e., “the evil one,” (R.V.), from the overwhelming power and wiles of the devil,” Eph. 6:11