Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri is a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
Watch the Wednesday Wanderings Welcome for this week.
Now that we have cleared our minds of the clutter, we can wander on the journey and examine one word: seek.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering, we examined what we should do as we wait for Christ to return. This week we will resolve to seek to worship. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE:: Matthew 6:33
33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
It is the new year and many people begin by making a new year’s resolution to change a maladaptive behavior, continue to do a good practice, accomplish a personal goal, or commit to an action that will improve their life. Seeking God first as a priority is a resolution worth considering.
PSALM: Angels from the Realms of Glory by James Montgomery.
All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Resolving to seek God is resolving to worship Him not because of what He has done for us but because of Who He is and because it is what we were created to do (Colossians 1:16). As we make seeking God our first priority, we will accept Mongomery’s invitation and we will join with the angels, the sun and moon, shining stars, mountains and hills, fire and hail, snow and mist, great sea creatures, beasts and livestock, creeping things and flying birds and we will praise the Lord (Psalm 148:1-14).
PARABLE: As I resolve to make seeking God my priority in 2020, what can I do to stay on track?
Perhaps you are good at keeping resolutions and if you choose to make seeking God your priority for 2020 you will stick to it. About five years ago, I realized that for me, setting resolutions was not always realistic. Instead of making resolutions that I break before the year ends, I pick One Word that I apply to all areas of my life. Over the years, my One Word has been love, continue, focus, continue, and quality. It is attainable because I invite God into the process of revealing the One Word. It is not a goal that I strive to achieve. It is an adoption of a God-given principle and lens from which I examine my character and behaviors.
I believe if Montgomery had chosen One Word over the years that his words would have included words like seek, come, worship, and praise. Will you consider choosing One Word for the year?
PONDER and WANDER: Ponder the Question: What will be my One Word for 2020?
Soul care training exercise:
If you chose to select One Word for 2020 the first step is to:
Seek what God wants to change in you.
Next, Identify what those characteristics will look like.
Then Pick one word that represents the change and that will be your guiding principle for the year.
Finally, Focus on the One Word in all areas of your life for the entire year.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may this Every Day Creed become my heart’s daily prayer. In the majestic name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Worship is my response to who I value most. Who I value most is the Lord Jesus Christ. I was made by Him and for Him. He is awesome beyond my mind’s ability to comprehend. I exist for the purpose of reflecting back to the Lord His matchless glory. I will exalt Him with my mouth and with my life for He is my hope, my joy, my strength and my salvation. This day will be used to know Him and love Him more!
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to thank God for a desire to seek Him. Let the work of your wandering fill you with the desire to make worship your priority in 2020.
Then take the mindfulness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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