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There are other hindrances to seeking God. Unfortunately, society in which we live corrupts us. These corruptions keep us from seeking God. Some of more obvious corruptions are: television (violent or sexually oriented movies, soap operas, etc.), magazines, pleasure seeking, and materialism. Some less obvious may be work schedules, family duties, leadership (community, business, church) duties, etc. There are other things as well, it is not always same for each person. The point is things we have to contend with in life corrupts our seeking God.
When I was growing up in 50's and early 60's, you never heard profanity on television. Now we see homosexuality, abortion, and extra-material affairs all promoted on television every week, not to mention a host of vulgar and profane language and violence beyond compare. These things are wrong and they corrupt our seeking God.
In all of this, however, there is good news. Jesus tells us in sixth chapter of Matthew to "seek first kingdom of God." Then in chapter seven he says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7:7,8)
You may feel that you are so far away from a true relationship with God that it is impossible to seek and to find Him. But that just isn't true! If you are not a Christian, then you must seek God through giving your life to Jesus Christ. You must believe that Jesus is Christ, Son of living God. You must repent of your sins, confess to your fellow man that you believe, and be baptized in watery grave of baptism. Then you are ready for a life-long journey of seeking God.
If you are now a Christian, and haven't been living as close to God as you should, now is time to start that journey. The Apostle John tells us in his first epistle, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) Confess your unfaithfulness now, and start that life-long journey of constantly seeking and finding God.
Seeking and finding God is a wonderful experience. I've noticed in my life that when I truly seek God and His righteousness, I find Him. I am so excited and joyous that I seek Him more, then I find Him. That, in turn, makes me happy and I want to seek Him more, and then I find Him. The more I seek Him, more I find Him. Jesus told us in His word, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) What a wonderful promise, to know that if we hunger and thirst for righteous-ness, that if we seek God, we will find Him.
Don't let things of this world keep you from seeking and finding God. Jesus tells us in His word, "For what will it profit a man if he gains whole world, and loses his own soul?" (Mark 8:36) Don't let world corrupt you and keep you from seeking God. Don't let world cause you to lose you own soul.
I know that some teach doctrine of "Once saved, always saved." But this is not what Bible teaches. We are all in danger of losing our soul if we do not seek God.
So remember brothers and sisters, "Seek first kingdom of God and His righteousness..." (Matthew 6:33)
I have many favorite scriptures that help me make it through this world and live each day in Christ Jesus. Here are just a few.
"For God so loved world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"And if it seems evil to you to serve LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether gods which your fathers served that were on other side of River, or gods of Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve LORD." (Joshua 24:15)
All scriptures quoted are from New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.
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