Find God, by Francis Frangipane

 "Find God!"

[image: Francis Frangipane]There is only one thing that keeps most churches
from prospering spiritually. They have yet to find God.

Holiness Comes From Seeking The Glory Of God

"How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another, and you do
not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?" (John 5:44).

If we are displaying our spirituality to impress men, still seeking honor
from others, still living to appear righteous or special or "anointed"
before people, can we honestly say we have been walking near to the living
God? We know we are relating correctly to God when our hunger for His glory
causes us to forsake the praise of men.

Does not all glory fade in the light of His glory? Even as Jesus challenged
the genuineness of the Pharisees' faith, so He challenges us: "How can you
believe, when you receive glory from one another?"

What a weak comfort is the praise of men. Upon such a frail ledge do we
mortals build our happiness. Consider: within but a few days after the
Lycaonians attempted to worship Paul, they were congratulating themselves
for having stoned him! (See Acts 14:11–19.)

Consider: was it not the same city whose songs and praise welcomed
Jesus as "King
. . . gentle, and mounted on a donkey" (Matthew 21:5–9), that roared, "Crucify
Him!" (Luke 23:21) less than one week later? To seek the praise of men is to
be tossed upon such a sea of instability!

We must ask ourselves, whose glory do we seek in life, God's or our own?
Jesus said, "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory" (John 7:18).
When we speak from ourselves and of ourselves, are we not seeking to solicit
from men the praise that belongs only to God? To seek our glory is to fall
headlong into vanity and deception. "But," Jesus continued, "He who is
seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true and there is no
unrighteousness in Him" (John 7:18).

The same quality of heart that made Christ's intentions true must become our
standard as well. For only to the degree that we are seeking the glory of
God are our motivations true! Only to the degree that we abide in the glory
of Him who sends us is there no unrighteousness in our hearts!

Therefore, let us give ourselves to seeking the glory of God, and let us do
so until we find Him. As we behold the nature of Christ, as our eyes see
Him, like Job we "abhor" ourselves and "repent in dust and ashes" (Job
42:1–6 KJV). As we are bathed in His glory, we shall be washed from seeking
the glory of man.

If we truly find Him, no one will have to tell us to be humble. No one need
convince us our old natures are as filthy rags. As we truly find God, the
things which are so highly esteemed among men will become detestable in our
sight (see Luke 16:15).

What could be more important than finding God? Take a day, a week or a month
and do nothing but seek Him, persisting until you find Him. He has promised,
"You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your
heart" (Jeremiah

Find God, and once you have Him, determine to live the rest of your life in
pursuit of His glory. As you touch Him, something will come alive in
you—something eternal, someone Almighty! Instead of looking down on people,
you will seek to lift them up. You will dwell in the presence of God. And
you will be holy, for He is holy.

*Francis Frangipane
Ministries of Francis Frangipane *