(Jeremiah 29:11-14a NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (12) Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (14) I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.
(Matthew 7:7-8 NLT) “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
1. SEEK GOD FIRST
2. SEEK CONTINUALLY
3. SEEK STRONGLY (BELIEVING FOR AN OUTCOME)
(Mark 7:24-29 NIV) Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. (25) In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. (26) The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. (27) “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” (28) “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (29) Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
1. SEEK GOD (YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER)
(Isaiah 55:6 NIV) Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
(Luke 12:31-32 NIV) But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (32) “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
2. SEEK GOD’S PLANS AND AMBITION FOR YOU
(Romans 15:20 NIV) It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.
(2 Corinthians 5:9 NIV) So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
(Matthew 6:19-21 NIV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (20) But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
3. SEEK PASSION, GIFT, FRUITFULNESS
(Philippians 3:13-14 NIV) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
4. AVOID SELFISH AMBITION
(James 3:16 NIV) For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.