Recap: This week we continued our deep dive into 2 Chron. 7:14 where there are instructional behaviors for us, the followers of God, that we must pursue. This week we looked at praying and seeking His face. This is all about our personal pursuit of God. One key concept from this week was the idea that “God is with us, when we are with Him.” The question for many of us is, do we ask God to join us in our endeavors in life or do we pursue Him in desiring to join Him in His endeavors in our lives? Our personal pursuit of God may be the greatest influence in our walk with Him and our maturing as followers of Jesus.
Scripture: 2 Chron. 7:14, Rev. 3:15-19, Phil 3:10-14, Romans 7-8
Icebreaker: What’s the most embarrassing fashion trend you used to rock?
- What does it mean to truly seek God’s face? What actions does one take to do that?
- What’s the point of seeking God? Why do you personally want to go after Him? Does it look the same for everyone?
- How do you think about God during the day? What does that look like for you?
- What is preventing you from taking time to seek the Lord? What area of your life are you trying to control instead of letting go and seeking what God wants with it?
- We tend to seek God’s face when we are all out of options. Why would God want us to seek Him before He is our last resort?
- Read Revelation 3:15-19. What does it mean to you? What does a “lukewarm”, “hot”, or “cold” Christian look like?
- Let’s apply the literal definition of “seek” to our walk with Christ. Merriam Webster says that the English version of “seek” is defined as:
- to search for (someone or something) : to try to find (someone or something)…Am I searching for God throughout my day? Am I trying to find Him in the small interactions, seeing conversations as divine opportunities, or searching for where He is working? Am I trying to find Him – or myself?
- to ask for (help, advice, etc.)…Am I defaulting to my own wisdom and opinion, or am I first going to God in prayer to see what He thinks and desires as a decision on something? Am I asking how my life and circumstances can help build the road to Heaven for this world? Am I intentionally praying daily or throwing prayers up in “wandering”?
- to try to get or achieve (something)…Is your goal Philippians 3:10-14 “to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death… forgetting what is behind (our old selves & the world) and reaching forward to what is ahead.”? Am I today working toward achieving more knowledge and understanding of Jesus through relationship with Him in study, community, and prayer?
Digging Deeper (A Personal Study)
“The most valuable asset we possess is our attention, which prompts the question, To what are we attending? Are we attending to our fear? Or are we attending to the God who promises to be with us? Are we attending to our doubt? Or are we attending to the truth that never changes? Are we attending to our need for control? Or are we attending to God’s plan for us even if chaos breaks in the present reality?”*
If you are feeling shame and feel like you can’t approach the throne of God, read Romans 7-8 and be encouraged to talk to a trusted friend or mentor who is pursuing Christ.
If you are feeling mistrust of God and His intentions, be encouraged to keep working through it, keep processing, keep talking to a trusted friend/mentor/counselor that is pursuing Christ. It could be that you need to go through a grieving process, or maybe you are in a battle where you need others to help you fight. Recruit your prayer warriors to battle alongside you. Lakeland’s prayer team would love to pray with you and for you (text 262-435-4390).
Credits & Resources
Songs: Confident by Steffany Gretzinger; Come To Me by Jenn Johnson
“Ch 8, Holding Space for Silence.” Get out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts, by Jennie Allen, WaterBrook, 2020, pp. 76–83.