The worship service opened with a Thanksgiving program by the choir with testimonies of thanks by several people that brought our attention to the goodness, love, and blessings of God.
Mark Osborne brought a message entitled What Are You Searching For. His first scripture came from Matthew 6:33 which states but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Saved and lost people search for things, among them happiness, peace, and comfort. This verse says that if we seek after the Lord all these things will be given to us. We should start our days with prayer and seeking God. It makes all the difference in the world.
Deuteronomy 4:28-29 states and there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. The people sought other gods. Our entire being should seek the Lord so we can be a witness. Isaiah 55:6 tells us seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Daniel 9:3 says and I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. There is a decision to make. Determine to seek God by prayer and supplications. That means to beg God. When we get in that frame of mind we will search for God because we will let all the other things go.
John 6 tells the story of the feeding of the people with a little boy’s lunch. It says in verses 24-27 that when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. What was going on here? They sought Jesus. That’s great isn’t it? However they only sought him to fulfil physical needs—the food. The Lord is to be sought. Many today set aside Christ to fulfil their needs. We must search after Christ, and then we’ll find out that Matthew 6 comes to pass. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
What are you searching for?