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Seeking God in 2016

This week I’m inviting you to join me in seeking God. On Monday, I encouraged you to seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal where you are spiritually. Yesterday, I invited you to join me as I begin asking God what area of needed spiritual growth that He would have me focus on in 2016.

Consider a new level of spiritual maturity as your primary goal for 2016: 

[box]Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you (Philippians 3:13-15).[/box]

When fall approaches I start asking the Lord to place on my heart what I need to have as my spiritual focus for the next year. Each year that I’ve sought His direction, He’s never failed to make it clear what my focus of study needs to be.

After spending time seeking the Lord about an area of spiritual growth for the year, I develop a plan. Here are a few suggestions if you’d like to join me in this activity:

  • Take some time each day to look up several Scriptures pertaining to the particular topic. A good way to accomplish this is by using a concordance. Simply look up a few references at a time, jotting down notes as you go and cross references to additional passages.
  • Record passages that are particularly meaningful or thought provoking on 3×5 cards or a journal for memorization (Or text it to yourself!) and use for further meditation.
  • Research, purchase, and read good books on the particular topic. A good commentary is a great study tool that is worth investing in. Use resources as you would a school textbook. Don’t just read, but thoroughly study the subject.
  • Ask questions about the topic you’re studying. Be inquisitive in order to learn. Ask questions as you read Scripture, as you are in conversation with others, as you go through your day in prayer.
  • Humbly approach the topic of study, recognizing that although you may have some knowledge, there is still much to learn and apply to your life. Ask God for grace to grow in this area and to use your growth for His glory.
  • Don’t allow this to be merely an academic study—this should be a heart exercise! Approach the Word with trembling, asking God to open your eyes and ears to know what He wants to teach you.
  • Share with others what God is teaching you. Allow your transparency and admission of need in this area to be an example and inspiration for others to follow in pursuing spiritual maturity.

Would any of you like to join me in this endeavor? If so, how about sharing with us the area of growth you believe God is leading you to cultivate this year?

We can pray for one another as we enter this journey together!

 

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3 Comments

  • Julie Musil

    I love this idea. Yes, I’ll join you. As I mentioned yesterday, the area of casting my cares comes to mind. When I cast my cares, I release the worry that used to tie me up in knots. It’s been a liberating journey.

    This is the second time I’ve heard of concordance, but I didn’t know what it was. I just Googled it! I’ll definitely be using that. Thank you.

  • Pauline Butler

    I’m thinking my topic of study will be prayer and praise, Kim. Prayer is something that I have become increasingly passionate about, but have not done a personal study on. Although, recently I have been reading John MacArthur’s Alone with God and would like to search the Scriptures and study what God has to say, as well as look into the prayers that I find in His Word. Praise is something I’m guilty of not doing enough of, at least not verbally. Hebrews 13:15 comes to mind: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” I’d love to praise Him more with my lips.