Nolan Harkness: You May Go to Church, but Are You Really Seeking God?

Before I became a believer, I dated a young lady who asked me if she could pray for me to be able to “feel God’s peace.” I said “Sure.” Before she prayed she explained a few things about this experience and said “Nolan, I am going to ask God to put His peace on you for three days.” All I can say is that I felt like I was floating in invisible water. God’s peace came and stayed three days to the minute.

Years later, as I was street witnessing, a guy pulled up in his car. I started sharing the reality of the Holy Spirit with him. I told him about my very first experience with God, when my girlfriend prayed for me. As I was talking to this young man God’s Spirit came rushing in. The guy in the car said “holy &*!?%! He is here!” I laughed I was not offended by his language because he was a sinner and that was all he knew! God’s Holy Spirit continued to touch him that night as I sowed lasting seeds of salvation with him from God’s Word. I have learned that in these last days God wants to pour out His Spirit on all flesh; all we have to do is just get the message out there.

The scriptures say that when the Spirit of God came on Azariah the prophet, he declared these words to Asa the King. “The Lord is with you while you be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him He will forsake you!” (2nd Chronicles 15:2b. KJV)

Far too many of us we live in what I call crisis mode. We live our everyday lives, go to church, sometimes to every service, but we really do not seek God. We seek our own lives, our own financial security, and from there the list continues on. Most of us seek a career, a spouse, a house, a nice car etc. However, we do not seek the Lord diligently. It is true that perhaps we once did when we first were saved out of a very sinful life. “He who is forgiven much loves much.” (Luke 7:47 KJV) However, now we only seek the Lord when the next crisis hits our lives. Unfortunately this leaves us spiritually weak and vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. That is why Peter admonishes us; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour!” (1st Peter 5:8 KJV) In Africa the lions always seek to pick off the weak of the herd. Satan uses the same strategy! First he seeks to weaken you! He is a patient devil! Then he seeks to devour you!

Whether we adhere to the Catholicism or not, our fleshly nature sure prefers the basic footprint of the priesthood. We just love to make our pastors our priests. We want them to go to God for us and to do our praying for us. We want him to be right there in a crisis that we may or may not have self orchestrated. We want him to hear from God for us and tell us on Sunday morning what God is saying.

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Source: Christian Post