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He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him...
« on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 07:41:41 »
What does that mean to you? Heb 11:6

Note:  He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that seek Him.
          He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that obey Him.
          He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that praise Him or honor Him or pray to Him or spread His Word or read His Word or anything else.

So what would it mean -does it mean to you to "diligently seek Him". What does "seek" mean to you. For that matter what does reward mean to you.

What does it mean to you -not what the Bible says about it -to you personally in your relationship with Him -up close and personal.

Even if you don't write anything - it's good to ponder it, yes? :)
 
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« Reply #1 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 07:57:13 »



       GOD guides ,strengthens and protects me.  GOD loves me.  GOD provides for me.  Those things taken together are reward
enough for me.  Thank you JESUS ,Amen.

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« Reply #2 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 08:06:49 »
Great question, great post - loving this! Up close and personal is right up my alley!   ::clappingoverhead::

To diligently seek Him to me means that my focus is totally on Him, loving Him, listening to Him, worshiping Him with none of my own desires in my mind.

His instant reward for me is just when He loves me back, a love that's so real, so passionate, so accepting, let alone feeling a total peace, a real peace (not as the world gives) that I don't need to worry about anything and a joy that no one can take from me.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" James 4:8

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« Reply #3 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 08:18:13 »
James 4:8 ---that's m'girl, renewed mind   ::smile::

I thought I would also add into the mix -Jeremiah 9:23
From my memory:  Let he who is strong  not boast (glory) in his strength and he that is rich let him not boast of his riches and he that is wise let him not boast of his wisdom. But he that does boast boast of this that he knows and understands me.

(boast, also glory in KJV)



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« Reply #4 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 08:29:18 »
James 4:8 ---that's m'girl, renewed mind   ::smile::

I thought I would also add into the mix -Jeremiah 9:23
From my memory:  Let he who is strong  not boast (glory) in his strength and he that is rich let him not boast of his riches and he that is wise let him not boast of his wisdom. But he that does boast boast of this that he knows and understands me.

(boast, also glory in KJV)




 ::amen!::   Just hungry to know Him more    ::nodding::

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Re: He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him...
« Reply #5 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 08:30:57 »
 GOD guides ,strengthens and protects me.  GOD loves me.  GOD provides for me.  Those things taken together are reward
enough for me.  Thank you JESUS ,Amen.

That's only the incidental part B ---the meat of the question is part A.
(Doesn't have to be answered in a post though.)

What does it mean to diligently seek Him - to you, without quoting the Bible  - to you personally...

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« Reply #6 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 09:09:18 »
What does that mean to you? Heb 11:6

Note:  He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that seek Him.
          He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that obey Him.
          He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that praise Him or honor Him or pray to Him or spread His Word or read His Word or anything else.

So what would it mean -does it mean to you to "diligently seek Him". What does "seek" mean to you. For that matter what does reward mean to you.

What does it mean to you -not what the Bible says about it -to you personally in your relationship with Him -up close and personal.

Even if you don't write anything - it's good to ponder it, yes? :)
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Good thought-provoking post.  Manna to you.  I looked up "diligent" in Webster's dictionary.  This is what I found:

diligent - from the Latin "diligens", from present participle of "diligere - to eteem, love.
To be "diligent" - characterized by a steady, earnest, and energetic effort.
The word "diligently" is an adverb, which shows action.

We are to diligently seek God - it is a steady, earnest and energetic effort on our part.  We are seeking the One whom we esteem very highly and love with all our heart.

What a wonderful journey we are on!  I am encouraged by the words in Hebrews 12:1-3 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before hiim endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

If we diligently seek Him, God will give us the strength we need to overcome any weariness we may experience in our Christian walk.

This post is very encouraging and thought-provoking for me as I have been battling a bit of depression for a while now. 

God Bless.

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« Reply #7 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 09:20:20 »
I think that the reward is Father Himself. I think that this topic is expressed in a couple of Jesus' parables also.

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Re: He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him...
« Reply #8 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 09:29:06 »


   I know all I need to know.  I'm blissfully happy in my ignorance.  All I need is what I have GOD"S LOVE  aMEN.

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« Reply #9 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 09:30:56 »
To me personally-

Dilligently seek= To continue along the path of my life. No matter the pot holes, no matter the vague and/or faulty directions offered, no matter the inticements to simply stop. To see the Light ahead, and hopefully be a light ahead.

The destination may be the goal, but the reward is in the journey.

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« Reply #10 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 15:52:05 »
...steady, earnest, energetic effort...  ::smile::  ::smile::

Ahh...music to me soul.

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« Reply #11 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 16:00:32 »
I haven't read all the posts on this thread, but the verse quoted from Hebrews 11 is very good.

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Re: He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him...
« Reply #12 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 16:04:20 »
To me personally-

Dilligently seek= To continue along the path of my life. No matter the pot holes, no matter the vague and/or faulty directions offered, no matter the inticements to simply stop. To see the Light ahead, and hopefully be a light ahead.

The destination may be the goal, but the reward is in the journey.
The path is the reward as they say.  :)

I see you capitalized Light ---as it should be, my bro.  :)

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« Reply #13 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 16:05:42 »
I think that the reward is Father Himself.

Ahh, very profound, yes.  :)

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« Reply #14 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 16:16:23 »
The Maker of all the galaxies, the Sustainer of all there is, the Provider of every creature large and small ---the Infinite and the Infinitesimal----says to us through Jeremiah...but he who must glory glory in this -that he knows and understands me...

How does one do that? I mean alone by yourself --phone off the hook - hours by yourself free---up close and personal ---how?   You don't have to answer.

Be still and know that I am God....what does that mean?
You don't have to answer.

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« Reply #15 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 16:17:40 »
"Be still..." ; it's from Psalm 46.

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« Reply #16 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 16:34:11 »
When I get up in the morning i try to remember to ask Him to do His will, to be glorified in all things that He does, during the day, He is constantly on my mind, quiet often ill just thank Him for being with me. at night , I ask Him to take care of His, and all those I love, I ask Him for fresh revelation, that He promised me a long time ago, mind you I was supposed to understand something first. I constantly try to Just love Him, but sometimes that can be an uphill struggle, but He has become my constant companion, my only true love, who will never leave me, never lie to me and never hurt me.

In His Love

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« Reply #17 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 20:22:49 »
Good topic, Elaine!
To diligently seek Him... means to me to give Him my all. Everything that I am is His. My life and my will now belong to Him and are first above what I may want or think.

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« Reply #18 on: Sat Sep 19, 2009 - 20:26:14 »
Ms Bonnie:

I think the beginning of Hebrews 11, where the quote comes from, is very challenging, right?

Take care.

Good topic, Elaine!
To diligently seek Him... means to me to give Him my all. Everything that I am is His. My life and my will now belong to Him and are first above what I may want or think.

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« Reply #19 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 00:03:26 »
To" diligently seek me" - to know and understand me ---to delight in the Lord, to dwell in that secret place implies deep and profound intimacy, no?
Far beyond what many people think.

Ps 37:4
Ps 91
Jer 9:23
Heb 11:6

Food for thought and inspiration. :)


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« Reply #20 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 01:01:20 »
To "diligently seek" to me, means that you don't spare any effort. You don't seek him one day a week, but every day. You don't seek him with one part of the day, but the rest just "live the normal life." Instead everything you do is dedicated to seeking God, and (the promise is) he can be found.

It astonishes me (to illustrate the point) when some people talk about sins that they do that they just count on for grace. Sometimes the thing they're talking about isn't the point (like a speeding ticket or something) so much as there are areas of life that they don't see as having anything to do with God--it's just "life." In my mind, I believe there is a way to get absolutely everything right in whatever situation that is--I just have to "seek" to find out what that is, and it usually isn't as cut and try like "I don't smoke, drink, or cuss," although that's not a bad place to start.

I basically say, in all times and all places, there is a RIGHT thing to do.

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« Reply #21 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 07:58:24 »
To" diligently seek me" - to know and understand me ---to delight in the Lord, to dwell in that secret place implies deep and profound intimacy, no?

 ::nodding::  Definitely is for me - so precious 

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« Reply #22 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 10:06:15 »
There's also Isaiah 55.1:

"Seek ye the LORD, while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near."

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« Reply #23 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 10:46:37 »
What does that mean to you? Heb 11:6

Note:  He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that seek Him.
          He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that obey Him.
          He didn't say He is a rewarder of those that praise Him or honor Him or pray to Him or spread His Word or read His Word or anything else.

So what would it mean -does it mean to you to "diligently seek Him". What does "seek" mean to you. For that matter what does reward mean to you.

What does it mean to you -not what the Bible says about it -to you personally in your relationship with Him -up close and personal.

Even if you don't write anything - it's good to ponder it, yes? :)
 
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Yes, Elaine, although Jesus is faithful & says He will never leave or forsake us- sometimes we go to Him as a very serious prayer warrior about certain events. Answers to our prayers depends on us showing our dependence on God in prayer itself.
Sometimes that seeking God in prayer is for someone else- intercession for someone who may have more problems in this world today than we are. We feel blessed & can be a powerful intercessor for them.

Similar verse in:
Eph. 3:20-21
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


God does not disappoint if we diligently seek Him.  ::prayinghard::


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« Reply #24 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 11:53:49 »
Yes, the promise - He doesn't disappoint. He can be found.

:)

Where does someone seek the Lord?
Not how does one obey or not how does one pray or not how often
one reads the Bible  ---how does one seek and actually "find" Him?
Or delight in Him?  Or know and understand Him? Up close and personal...

"Him" not his gifts, not His answered prayers, not His guidance.

I'm not getting at a particular answer or anything  - just like hearing what seekers have to say.  :)   And it all may inspire us more.

If we can have pages talking about body art - this could go on much much longer...:)

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« Reply #25 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 12:18:21 »
Ms E:

It's a spiritual thing.

A hymn says:

'I know not how the Spirit moves
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him

But I know Whom I have believed...'

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« Reply #26 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 12:43:00 »
Yes, the promise - He doesn't disappoint. He can be found.

:)

Where does someone seek the Lord?
Not how does one obey or not how does one pray or not how often
one reads the Bible  ---how does one seek and actually "find" Him?
Or delight in Him?  Or know and understand Him? Up close and personal...

"Him" not his gifts, not His answered prayers, not His guidance.

I'm not getting at a particular answer or anything  - just like hearing what seekers have to say.  :)   And it all may inspire us more.

If we can have pages talking about body art - this could go on much much longer...:)

Where? Well, God is Spirit. How do we communicate with God & He with us? Through the Holy Spirit, which is inside us.
There is nothing else, Elaine. The Holy Spirit is inside you teaching you the truth. He speaks to your spirit & relays His promptings to our minds. Suddenly, you may have a new thought, like, "maybe i shouldn't curse like that,"  or "maybe i should pray for that situation." The H.S. is a gentleman. He won't muscle in on us but if we are in the habit of allowing the Spirit of Truth to reveal the will of God to us- He does, & not to just a few select Christians.

Jesus is inside you. His Spirit is the same. God is one in Spirit.
Rom.10:6-8,
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way,  “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’

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« Reply #27 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 12:44:54 »
The Holy Spirit indwells all born again believers. Romans 8 says, 'If any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.' It's the believer's great privilege.

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« Reply #28 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 16:08:26 »
Diligently seeking to me personally is being hungry and thirsty for the Lord.

My reward of couse is my salvation because I did seek him and after my salvation is just being in Christ and livng life His way and therefor I will receive internal life, In Jesus name.   ::applause::

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« Reply #29 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 16:10:06 »
All of mercy and grace to undeserving sinners.

Diligently seeking to me personally is being hungry and thirsty for the Lord.

My reward of couse is my salvation because I did seek him and after my salvation is just being in Christ and livng life His way and therefor I will receive internal life, In Jesus name.   ::applause::

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« Reply #30 on: Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 18:41:41 »
Quote
Where? Well, God is Spirit. How do we communicate with God & He with us? Through the Holy Spirit, which is inside us.
There is nothing else, Elaine. The Holy Spirit is inside you teaching you the truth. He speaks to your spirit & relays His promptings to our minds.----rezara
hearts, spirits ,souls, our very essences.


Yes.   ::blushing::

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« Reply #31 on: Mon Sep 21, 2009 - 08:02:57 »
Where does someone seek the Lord?
Not how does one obey or not how does one pray or not how often
one reads the Bible  ---how does one seek and actually "find" Him?
Or delight in Him?  Or know and understand Him? Up close and personal...

It doesn't matter where I am to seek the Lord, but it does matter how. I have to stop thinking to myself in my head and start thinking out of my heart and spirit to God. Sometimes I just tell Him that I love Him and He just fills me with His love. Sometimes I hear Him tell me that I am so precious to Him and so loved that it just brings me to tears of joy and amazement. Sometimes I speak in tongues which can go any which way, interceding for others, spiritual warfare, revelations, prophecies for others, our family and for myself even and the whole time being in His presence, feeling His presence. He's talking to me right now and telling me to write this. I need Him so much and wouldn't survive without Him. He is my everything, He is more real than anything this world has to offer me    ::smile::

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« Reply #32 on: Mon Sep 21, 2009 - 13:40:51 »
Well, like I said - I sure am glad you're here, renewed mind.

I just had another little deeper realization this morning - I was emailing a friend telling her how I don't even have to pray or ask for anything anymore- I just think it and it manifests soon --whether the perfect new dog -and I mean every detail as if she was created just from my thoughts.. to a book - a hard book to find right there sitting for me at Goodwill. It goes on...but my gosh - if I can simply "think" something and He gives it to me - like a Star Trek holgram -it appears ---well, what I'm getting at and it's hard to put into words because it really was so profound a feeling yet sounds trite in words ---is that He is in our heads -He's there - right there always ---(I know we know this, but again I really "got" it --again...)

:)

Oh, and then an eye started to get another stye - and I said - no way - am I going to look like Rocky Balboa again  for even a day, let alone for 5 days!!! -I did a healing prayer on myself - and gone - never manifested ---and I know styes and saw it starting!!!  Either it's my make up (now gone)-or my dogs.  Who knows what I'm doing wrong to irritate my eyes!    I just cast out any bacteria in the Name of Jesus. You gotta be tough "rebuking" bad things - spirits, demons, reeking havoc, whatever ---it's not God doing it!!

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« Reply #33 on: Tue Sep 22, 2009 - 07:32:13 »
Thanks Elaine - I love reading your posts   ::clappingoverhead::

That's so true, He knows our thoughts before we even think them, He knows us more than we know ourselves. He's so awesome. I love being reminded of the things of God - always need it.

That's so good about your stye - you're an awesome warrior of God!    ::supersmiley::