Finding God for Yourself

And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? And when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.—2 Kings 2:14 (KJV)

 

As Christians, very often, there are godly persons who we have looked up to during our walk with christ. This could be a pastor, a church leader, or even a family member. It is a normal thing to look up to someone who seem to have a special relationship and walk with the Lord. However, while we may watch, follow, and even learn from them; it is important that we learn in such a way that will draw us closer in relationship with Him.

This is important because we need a personal relationship with God in order for Him to be relevant to us at all. It is time out for Believers pointing to others relationship with Him primarily and to discover what God desires to do in our lives. It is okay to use the testimony of others for encouragement and inspiration but what is better is to encourage ourselves and be inspired by the Word of God as our guide for living and serving.

These are important times we live in. As believers, we must decide to stand for God; realizing that the Kingdom is advanced as individual Believers take our stand to be living examples of the power of God in our lives and in the world we live in. Let me be clear about this, God’s power is real but it is exemplified through people and it is we who must exercise that power through faith in God and His Word!

Elisha followed and served Elijah for many years but that was not enough to carry the power of God—he had to take advantage of the availability of that power. If Elisha had stayed there and lamented the loss of his leader or built a monument to the power Elijah walked in, he would have never experienced the power of God in his own life or have the testimony that he had double the miracles in his ministry than his predecessor.

My friend, because of the blood of Jesus, we all have the mantle of our leader—which is the anointing of Christ—so lets rise up and take the authority given to us and enforce the Kingdom of God to make a difference both in our lives and wherever we are.

Have Faith1st
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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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16 comments on “Finding God for Yourself
  1. […] finish reading this article, please head over to https://faith1stministries.com/2012/10/28/finding-god-for-yourself/. While you are there, why not check our the rest of Sebastian’s site and let him know […]

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  2. sisterdot56 says:

    HI JUST SITTING HERE THIS RAINLY MORNDAY…MY MORNDAY HI…..DOT..BLESSING…………………………………………..Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
    Philippians 4:6

    Debora could be very stressed: she’s a wife, mother, occupational therapist, writing instructor, piano teacher, speaker, author and (deep intake of breath) tennis enthusiast.

    How does Debora handle a stress-filled life like that?

    Well, she doesn’t!!! She gives it all to God!

    Friend, the Bible says not to worry or be anxious, but to pray…

    Tell God about your needs and thank Him.

    And God’s peace will guard your heart and mind as you live in Christ.

    Debora’s acronym will help you remember:

    It’s p-e-a-c-e… placing each aggravation at Christ’s feet… expectantly!

    Yes, real peace is yours when you intentionally give it to god in prayer.

    Give each annoyance, dilemma, and burden to God, one by one, and minute by minute.

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  3. Reblogged this on atransformedcreation and commented:
    This is an important point Sebastian makes. View his other posts for valuable insite.

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  4. So right, Sebastian. Nice to “see” you again.

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  5. It is never easy to completely shake off your used-to trust and dependence on a spiritual mentor, and put everything under to God. Yet, it is the only rightful way of doing the ministry and the Christian Life.

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    • Sebastian says:

      No it is not but we absolutely must learn to hear from the Lord for ourselves! This is not to discount listening and learning from anointed people operating in the 5-fold ministry gifts but it is directed at accepting any word from anyone without seeking God for full revelation of His Word in us!

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      • Well, I was referring to ‘trust and dependence’, and not specifically to ‘hearing’ only. Dependence includes hearing, but I was pertaining to whole area of total dependence. To totally depend on a spiritual mentor is a wrong thing, and an insult to the lordship of Jesus in your life.

        And, I found out most of the time that very matured Christian leaders often contradict themselves in giving counsels and advices. Of course I do agree that God use them to speak to us, but not always per se. It is good to listen to them, but it is always best to listen to Godfirst. And God will only use other Christians to confirm what He has spoken to you, and that is often His way.

        What do you mean by the 5-fold ministry gifts? Do you oertain to Eph. 4:11-12?

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      • Sebastian says:

        I agree with you! Your point about the Lordship of Jesus is where we all should be standing but unfortunately far too many have not discovered that truth. As for “Christian leaders”, very often we find ourselves fighting with our own humanity and must never forget the need for our own daily ‘trust and dependence’ upon the Lord.

        As for the 5-fold ministry gifts…yes, I am referring to those listed in Eph. 4: 11-12. I believe that it is so important that every Believer discover that God wants to commune with us individually and personally. And I believe that it is the leader’s responsibility to help others to grow and mature in the faith to such a point that they will be able to do the same thing for someone else.

        We are not to “…lord over God’s heritage…,” (1 Pet 5:3) but to be an example of the love and grace of God! Thank you for adding to the discussion! Blessings to you!

        Sebastian

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  6. I found on Scott Sholars ‘ABOUT’ page that you follow his blog. I also follow his blog & he follows mine & I trust where he is coming from in the Lord so I wanted to check out your site & am very glad I did. This is a wonderful message & is much needed, especially at this time. I am always greatly encouraged when i find believers who are hearing the Lord’s messages for this hour & are sharing them to help & encourage each other. I love seeing Christ’s Church working & standing together. I especially love non-denominational ministries. My husband does Kairos Prison Ministry here in Australia & it is non-denominational & so the freedom is immense with no agendas. Be blessed in Abundance my brother! Susie Whitney

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  7. Thank-you Jesus for my brother Sebastian and holding him on Your lap as you sit upon Your Throne. It is so good to see him writing Your truth again thank-you our Abba Father for who You ARE, Amen. James

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  8. Sebastian says:

    Thank you! It is His will and His pleasure to use us and it works to our benefit when we submit to Him! Blessings to you!

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