God told Job…
“Everything under heaven belongs to me.”Job 41:11b
And David prayed His words back to Him…
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.Psalm 24:1
The world and all its people belong to Him.
Then he wondered if God is sovereign and everything belongs to Him…
- Who can approach Him?
- Who can stand before Him?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart.Psalm 24:4a (CSB)
When I’m honest with myself, I know I don’t qualify. How about you?
But it was David’s next words that spoke to my heart and made me stop and think about growing in my faith and having a closer relationship with the Lord.
This is the generation (description) of those who diligently seek Him and require Him as their greatest needPsalm 24:6 (AMP)
Several years ago, I made SEEK my word of the year. Twelve months later, I made it the word for my life. In fact, it’s so important to me to keep it on my mind and in my heart, that I wear a bracelet imprinted with the words, “SEEK FIRST.”
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.Luke 12:31
And in the last few years, I’ve learned those words of Jesus are the absolute truth! It is a promise I have learned I can rely on.
I’ve also learned that SEEKing is just the first step in a 5 step process that leads to growing in faith.
5 Steps to Growing in Faith
- SEEK – Prayerfully read God’s living and active word. Ask Him to speak the truth and to give you wisdom and discernment through His Holy Spirit. (Check out How to Read the Bible in a Way that will Change Your Life.)
God’s word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. (Hebrews 4:12)
- KNOW – Jesus came to save us and to show us the truth about God. He said that when we follow His teaching, we will KNOW the truth.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31–32)
- TRUST – The more we KNOW God through His Word and the life of Jesus, the more we will trust Him with our lives.
Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Ephesians 3:17)
- LOVE – Have you ever noticed that you naturally fall in love with someone when you truly KNOW and TRUST them? God is love and He loves you and me so much that He sent Jesus to prove it . . . just because He wants us to respond by trusting and loving Him.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)
- OBEY – When you and I truly know, trust, and love someone . . . we naturally want to please them. And because He loves us so much, God only asks us to do what He knows is best for us.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Will you pray with me?
A Prayer for Growing in Faith
Father, Your love surrounds me. I see it in Your creation. I see it in Your Word. I see it in those who know and love You. And it speaks to my heart, mind, and soul by the power of Your Spirit.
Thank you! Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, You made it possible for us to know You personally. Jesus physically showed us who You are and how very much You love us. Please forgive me for all the times I have neglected Your Word and Your will. I am so sorry. Please wash me clean in Jesus.
Please work within me and help me SEEK You above everything else in my life. Please help me KNOW You through Your Word and Spirit. Please increase my faith and help me TRUST You with every area of my life . . . with my relationships, my health, my finances, my career, my all. Give me the desire to want to please You by following Your will for me. Please give me the courage and strength I need to obey You so that I might glorify You with my thoughts, words, and actions.
You have been so gracious and merciful to me. I praise You today and by Your grace, I will love You with all that I am and praise You forever and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
David ended Psalm 24 with these very familiar verses…
Open up, ancient gates!Psalm 24:7–8, 10
Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty;
the Lord, invincible in battle…
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
He is the King of glory.
May you and I join all those who SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, LOVE, and OBEY. May we blodly proclaim . . . Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—He is the King of glory.
God bless you as you practice the 5 steps for growing in faith.
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