Seeking the Lord for Spiritual Awakening

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What does it mean to seek the Lord? Why does the Bible repeatedly call for us to "seek the Lord...seek His presence continually." In this 56-minute session from the 2012 True Woman Conference, compelling speaker and author Nancy Leigh DeMoss shows women what it means to seek the Lord and explains how to seek the Lord more fervently. Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs. She has authored several books and Bible studies including, Biblical Portrait of Womanhood: Discovering and living Out God’s Plan for our Lives, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free, and Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy.


Acts 17:26 (MSG)

24-29"The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.' Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn't make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?


The above passage says that God doesn't play "hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; He's near." Have you ever felt that God was hiding from you? How does the above scripture change your perspective to realize God wants to reveal Himself to you?
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Nancy's answer to the question, "What does it mean to seek the Lord?":
  • It implies recognition of a need.
  • It means to prize the Lord so much that you proactively set out to know and walk with Him.
  • It means to incline your heart toward God. 
  • It means to inquire of Him and seek His direction.
  • It means to desire Him.
  • It means to set your hearts and hope on the eternal.


Read over Nancy's answer again. Where do you instinctively go first when you have a problem? How can you change your response to seek Him first and foremost?
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Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV)

29But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Nancy said that we're all seekers and that we seek what's most important to us. Deut. 4:29 promises that if we seek the Lord, we will find Him. Who or what are you seeking after?
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Nancy's answer to the question: "How are we to seek the Lord?":
  • We are to seek Him intentionally.
  • We are to seek Him with our whole heart.
  • We are to seek His presence continually.



How can you seek the Lord more intentionally? How can you seek Him wholeheartedly? What steps do you need to take to seek Him continually?
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Nancy shared some of the things that keep her from seeking the Lord. What keeps you from doing the same?

Choose all that apply

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What else can you add to the list above? What specifically keeps you from seeking God?
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Have you ever been heavily involved with spiritual activities but were not experiencing intimacy with Him? How did not having intimacy with God affect how you handled the situation?
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Song of Songs 3:1-4 (GNBDC)

1Asleep on my bed, night after night

I dreamt of the one I love;

I was looking for him, but couldn't find him.

2I went wandering through the city,

through its streets and alleys.

I looked for the one I love.

I looked, but couldn't find him.

3The watchmen patrolling the city saw me.

I asked them, “Have you found my lover?”

4As soon as I left them, I found him.

I held him and wouldn't let him go

until I took him to my mother's house,

to the room where I was born.

Good News Bible with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha. Scripture taken from the Good News Bible (r) (Today's English Version Second Edition, UK/British Edition). Copyright © 1992 British & Foreign Bible Society. Used by permission.

Good News Bible. Scripture taken from the Good News Bible (r) (Today's English Version Second Edition, UK/British Edition). Copyright © 1992 British & Foreign Bible Society. Used by permission.


The above passage illustrates what it means to seek after the one you love. Read it again. How does it differ from how you seek after God?
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Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)

Martha and Mary

38Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.39And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.40But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42but one thing is necessary.Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


The above passage illustrates what happens when we allow self-sufficiency, busyness, distractions and substitutes keep us from seeking the Lord. Mary said "no" to distractions and sat at Jesus' feet. Martha allowed distractions to keep her from seeking the Lord. She was left frazzled, frayed and frustrated. Nancy asked, "Do you ever look in the mirror and see that looking back at you—frazzled eyes?"
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Nancy said, "What happens when we seek Him? You get joy, satisfaction, your deepest needs will be met, your heart's longings will be fulfilled. Why? Because when you seek Him, you will find Him And all we need is found in Him, If you have Him, you have everything else that you could ever, ever need." 

What blessings have you experienced when you've sought the Lord? How does it change how you react to the different circumstances in your life? How does it change how you live?
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Nancy said, "According to God's Word, we are either seeking Him or we are forsaking Him. If we are not seeking Him, we are forsaking Him. There is no middle ground." 


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