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Experiencing God and His Rewards

Diligently seeking God (see my last post) is required by God in order for us to be rewarded by God.

What does that mean? Seeking Him diligently is seeking Him with all our heart, turning to Him with all our heart, singing, shouting, being glad, and rejoicing with all our heart. Seeking Him diligently is loving Him with all your heart and THEN we will find Him, experience Him and be rewarded by Him!

God isn’t passively existing. He is looking for people who diligently seek after Him so He can generously reward them. This is radically important for us to know and do as the times get crazier and crazier. How can we live in this world? By diligently seeking Him and looking expectantly for His rewards.

What are His rewards?

His Presence. In Joel 2:12–13 God says, “Turn to Me, return to Me” In Jeremiah 29:11–13 God tells His people to “Call upon Me, pray with Me, seek Me and search for Me with all of your heart.” We were never meant to live on this earth in Christ-less Christianity. God rewards our lives with His presence when we diligently seek Him. Andrew Murray wrote, “[Let us] say: God really means me to enter and dwell and spend my whole life, in the conscious enjoyment of His immediate presence.”[1]

His Presents. When we diligently seek after God He rewards us with His gifts. Romans 12:6–8,  1 Corinthians 12:7–11 and Galatians 5:22–23 give us a vivid picture of God’s reward of spiritual gifts.  Charles Stanley wrote, “As we fulfill god’s purpose for us, we experience a twofold reward: we are effective witnesses for the gospel, which bears a great heavenly reward, and we experience a great deal of personal satisfaction and joy, which is our earthly reward.”[2] God rewards a diligent seeker with His presents.

His Power. Jesus own words in Acts 1:8 confirm this reward. He said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The disciples were men without education or what we refer today as “platforms.” Yet, they were given the power to turn the world upside down. They lived a supernatural life and so can we as we diligently seek Him and He rewards us with the power to live a supernatural life as well.

His Promises.  We just need tor read 2 Peter 1:2–4 and we’ll discover that God rewards the diligent seeker with the knowledge of His promises and that allows us to partake of God’s divine nature and escape worldly corruption. In other words, knowing and believing His promises leads to a transformed life! As E.M. Bounds wrote, “How glorious are these promises to the believing saints and to the whole Church! How the brightness and bloom, the fruitage and cloudless midday glory of the future beam on us through the promises of God!”[3]

If we are going to experience God as He desires, we are going to have to seek God as God requires—diligently and with all our hearts. When we do, we’ll find the rewards of His Presence, Presents, Power and Promises.

 



[1] Andrew Murray, Let us Draw Nigh! The Way to a Life Abiding Continually in the Secret of God’s Presence: Meditations on Hebrews 10:19–25, (Chicago, IL: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1894), 64

[2] Charles F. Stanley, Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005), e-Book edition

[3] E.M. Bounds, The Possibilities of Prayer, Logos Bible Software, 2011

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