HOW TO FIND GOD

Jer 29:13

13    And ye shall seek me, and find me, when

ye shall search for me with all your heart. 

 

  Introduction:

 

  Why do I need to find God?

 

  1. Because the human heart is deceitful and wicked.

 

  Jer 17:9‑10  9 The heart is deceitful above

              all things, and desperately

              wicked: who can know it?

              10 I the LORD search the heart,

              I try the reins, even to give

              every man according to his

              ways, and according to the

              fruit of his doings.

 

  2. Because God is searching for men

 

  Jer 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the

          streets of Jerusalem, and see now,

          and know, and seek in the broad

          places thereof, if ye can find a

          man, if there be any that executeth

          judgment, that seeketh the truth;

          and I will pardon it.

 

  1 Peter 2:9‑10  9 But ye are a chosen

                 generation, a royal

                 priesthood, an holy nation,

                 a peculiar people; that ye

                 should shew forth the

                 praises of him who hath

                 called you out of darkness

                 into his marvellous light:

                 10 Which in time past were

                 not a people, but are now

                 the people of God: which had

                 not obtained mercy, but now

                 have obtained mercy.

 

  John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I

             have chosen you, and ordained

             you, that ye should go and bring

             forth fruit, and that your fruit

             should remain: that whatsoever

             ye shall ask of the Father in my

             name, he may give it you.

 

  3. Because God wants to form an honorable

      vessel out of you

 

  Jer 18:1‑6  1 The word which came to

             Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

              2 Arise, and go down to the

             potter's house, and there I will

             cause thee to hear my words.

              3 Then I went down to the

             potter's house, and, behold, he

             wrought a work on the wheels.

              4 And the vessel that he made

             of clay was marred in the hand

             of the potter: so he made it

             again another vessel, as seemed

             good to the potter to make it.

              5 Then the word of the LORD

             came to me, saying,

              6 O house of Israel, cannot I

             do with you as this potter?

             saith the LORD. Behold, as the

             clay is in the potter's hand, so

             are ye in mine hand, O house of

             Israel.

 

  Isa 45:8‑12  8 Drop down, ye heavens, from

              above, and let the skies pour

              down righteousness: let the

              earth open, and let them bring

              forth salvation, and let

              righteousness spring up

              together; I the LORD have

              created it.

               9 Woe unto him that striveth

              with his Maker! Let the

              potsherd strive with the

              potsherds of the earth. Shall

              the clay say to him that

              fashioneth it, What makest

              thou? or thy work, He hath no

              hands?

              10 Woe unto him that saith unto

              his father, What begettest

              thou? or to the woman, What

              hast thou brought forth?

              11 Thus saith the LORD, the

              Holy One of Israel, and his

              Maker, Ask me of things to come

              concerning my sons, and

              concerning the work of my hands

              command ye me.

              12 I have made the earth, and

              created man upon it: I, even my

              hands, have stretched out the

              heavens, and all their host

              have I commanded.

 

  Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our

           father; we are the clay, and thou

           our potter; and we all are the

           work of thy hand.

 

  Rom 9:20‑23 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou

              that repliest against God?

              Shall the thing formed say to

              him that formed it, Why hast

              thou made me thus?

              21 Hath not the potter power

              over the clay, of the same lump

              to make one vessel unto honour,

              and another unto dishonour?

              22 What if God, willing to shew

              his wrath, and to make his

              power known, endured with much

              longsuffering the vessels of

              wrath fitted to destruction:

              23 And that he might make known

              the riches of his glory on the

              vessels of mercy, which he had

              afore prepared unto glory,

             

 

  4. Because opportunity is slipping away

 

  Jer 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is

           ended, and we are not saved.

          

 

  5. Because God wants you to have a fountain

    ‑ not a cistern

 

  Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two

           evils; they have forsaken me the

           fountain of living waters, and

           hewed them out cisterns, broken

           cisterns, that can hold no water.

          

  God wants you to be satisfied all the time

  not just when things are going your way.

 

  The next question is : How do I find God

  who can help me?

 

  This is not a hard task.

  As a matter of fact God is already

  calling you.

  He knows all about you and it is His voice

  right now beaconing you to open your heart.

 

  Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find

            me, when ye shall search for me

            with all your heart.

 

  I. TURN YOURSELF IN TO GOD

 

     A. for salvation

 

  Jer 31:31‑34 31 Behold, the days come,

               saith the LORD, that I will

               make a new covenant with the

               house of Israel, and with the

               house of Judah:

               32 Not according to the

               covenant that I made with

               their fathers in the day that

               I took them by the hand to

               bring them out of the land of

               Egypt; which my covenant they

               brake, although I was an

               husband unto them, saith the

               LORD:

               33 But this shall be the

               covenant that I will make with

               the house of Israel; After

               those days, saith the LORD, I

               will put my law in their

               inward parts, and write it in

               their hearts; and will be

               their God, and they shall be

               my people.

               34 And they shall teach no

               more every man his neighbour,

               and every man his brother,

               saying, Know the LORD: for

               they shall all know me, from

               the least of them unto the

               greatest of them, saith the

               LORD: for I will forgive their

               iniquity, and I will remember

               their sin no more.

 

1. Rom 3:9‑10 ;Rom 3:23

 

Rom 3:9  9 What then? are we better than

  they? No, in no wise: for we have before

  proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they

  are all under sin;

  10 As it is written, There is none

  righteous, no, not one:

 

2. Rom 6:23; Rom 5:12; Rev 20:14‑15

 

3. Rom 5:8  ‑  1 Peter 2:24

 

 4. Luke 13:3 & 5

 

 5. John 1:12

 

 6. Rom 10:9‑10 Rev 3:20

 

  Know so

 

  1. Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which

             God, that cannot lie, promised

             before the world began;

 

    1 John 5:9‑13  9 If we receive the

                  witness of men, the witness

                  of God is greater: for this

                  is the witness of God which

                  he hath testified of his

                  Son.

                  10 He that believeth on the

                  Son of God hath the witness

                  in himself: he that

                  believeth not God hath made

                  him a liar; because he

                  believeth not the record

                  that God gave of his Son.

                  11 And this is the record,

                  that God hath given to us

                  eternal life, and this life

                  is in his Son.

                  12 He that hath the Son

                  hath life; and he that hath

                  not the Son of God hath not

                  life.

                  13 These things have I

                  written unto you that

                  believe on the name of the

                  Son of God; that ye may

                  know that ye have eternal

                  life, and that ye may

                  believe on the name of the

                  Son of God.

 

   Matt 10:32‑33 32 Whosoever therefore shall

                 confess me before men, him

                 will I confess also before

                 my Father which is in

                 heaven.

                 33 But whosoever shall deny

                 me before men, him will I

                 also deny before my Father

                 which is in heaven.

 

     B.  For Restoration & Growth

 

  Jer 3:11‑15 11 And the LORD said unto me,

              The backsliding Israel hath

              justified herself more than

              treacherous Judah.

              12 Go and proclaim these words

              toward the north, and say,

              Return, thou backsliding

              Israel, saith the LORD; and I

              will not cause mine anger to

              fall upon you: for I am

              merciful, saith the LORD, and I

              will not keep anger for ever.

              13 Only acknowledge thine

              iniquity, that thou hast

              transgressed against the LORD

              thy God, and hast scattered thy

              ways to the strangers under

              every green tree, and ye have

              not obeyed my voice, saith the

              LORD.

              14 Turn, O backsliding

              children, saith the LORD; for I

              am married unto you: and I will

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