Tools to help you on your quest

When looking for God,
finding the way to Him,
you need the right tools
to build up a good relationship

Tools

Rock climber with rope, harness, helmet, SLCDs...
Rock climber with rope, harness, helmet, SLCDs, nuts, quick draws, carabiners, and tape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To do mountaineering one must have some necessary items to make safe trips. In sport climbing even more attributes have to be gathered that must give an assurance that any lasting climber can be safe.

One can say that you may enjoy lots of fun and that it will help for your physical fitness. Fun and, yes, adrenaline, nothing beats rock climbing. Despite its daredevil reputation, rock climbing can be enjoyed safely by any reasonably fit person with proper instruction and equipment. For coming to know god it is likewise, great fun but a daredevil undertaking.

When we do not want to go far in our search for God it is like walking on the hills but as soon as it goes to steep going back. Bouldering is close-to-the-ground climbing without a rope, going only as high as you can jump off without risking serious injury. In your quest to God such a way to get to know Him is also safe and all right, but still needs good equipment.

Bouldering requires only climbing shoes, a crash pad (to cushion your jump or fall off the rock) and perhaps a chalk bag. Your climbing shoes on the quest for God are formed by different layers of intention, drive, ransack, discernment, perseverance.

Going further you might find roads prepared for you. Bible students may offer you several tracts, pamphlets or leaflets wherein enough information is given to get you on the right track.

It is like in sports climbing where routes can be found that have pre-placed anchors and protection where you can attach your rope (just like you would with indoor climbing). Carabiners and quickdraws clip into the anchors and connect your rope to the rock and you can feel safe.

Trad climbing is true adventure. A trad route is one that has few permanent anchors. The lead climber protects himself from a catastrophic fall by placing protection —nuts or camming devices — into fissures in the rock. The second climber removes the protection, and it’s then placed again for further pitches. Here too Carabiners and quickdraws are used to connect the rope into the protection.

Climbing HarnessWhen going onto the route for getting to know and to worship God you also could use such standard stuff that one needs fore climbing, like the ropes (to hang), the iron or aluminum hooks, Carabiners, with a snap system for the ropes and the utility of nuts or friends (to secure) , as well as a lap belt and a chest strap (also known as seat belt, because you are sitting in it as it were).

But coming closer to the target it often becomes more slippery, by the adversaries of God trying to get you off track. They are the glaciers and the slickensides (the sliding surfaces)

Very convenient are the incentive ‘pikkel’ and ice axes (for use in inhibiting a fall in the snow, and as a goad to detect crevasses.

English: A climbing anchor made up of 2 SLCDs ...
A climbing anchor made up of 2 SLCDs and a hex, equalized with slings. Third belay of Eskimo Nell, Mount Arapiles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The person who wants to go into the mountains and wants to reach high peaks, certainly will not forget to  put warm clothing in a handy backpack. Getting to an outdoors crag can involve muddy paths and rocky terrain, and once you’re there it can be windy or even wet, so take shoes and clothing to keep you warm and dry.

High up on the ladder to God it may be very lonely windy and cold, by those who are against God and would love to see you fall or slide back in your older customs.
Riser clamps are such a wonderful invention that few can stand still by it; but as a paper clip is indispensable in an office this clip which can be put back to the ropes and which can help you to come up along a the rocks or ice wall.
Your clamps shall have to be put together and be oiled. It are the verses of the Bible which words or meaning you shall remember.

Real crags don’t have coloured holds to show you the route, so a good guidebook helps keep you on track. Today there is next to the former compass the GPS to orient yourself during the treks so one has less chance of getting lost.

If one wants to find God one must use a good compass. And one must take the proper wavelength to catch the signals of God and to find Him.

One big advantage by looking for God is that God knows the hearts and calls on those who are seeking Him and who are sincerely looking to find Him.

Jeremiah 17:1-8 (VW)

Jeremiah 17
1 The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus; it is engraved on the tablet of the heart and on the horns of Your altar with the point of a diamond; 2 while their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees on the high hills. 3 O My mountain in the field, I will give your wealth and all your treasures for plunder, and your high places for sin, throughout all your borders. 4 And you, even yourself, have let go of the inheritance which I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in a land which you do not know. For you have kindled a fire in My anger, which shall burn forever. 5 Thus says Jehovah, Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart departs from Jehovah. 6 For he shall be destitute in the wilderness, and shall not see when good comes. But he shall live in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land that is not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in Jehovah, and Jehovah is his refuge. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters; it sends out its roots by the river, and it shall not fear when the heat comes, but its foliage shall be green; and he is not anxious in the year of drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit.

Proverbs 21:2  (VW)
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but Jehovah ponders the hearts.

Being en route we must never forget that it is God who knows the heart and Who is fully aware of our state of mind.

1 Samuel 16:7  (VW)
But Jehovah said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance nor at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For man does not see as He sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Jehovah looks at the heart.

1 Chronicles 28:9  (VW)
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Jehovah searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.

Enabling God to be our guide or compass we need to tailor our GPS on His rays or radio signals. To have we have the best response we need to allow Him to read our thoughts. For other man we may be difficult to fathom, but for God it is no problem at all. To understand Him we need to get to know our gps system very well. We have to come to see through His Plans and open our mind up to Him, giving Him the opportunity to form us.

Psalms 139:23  (VW)
Search me, O Mighty God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties;

Proverbs 17:3  (VW)
The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but Jehovah tries the hearts.

Romans 8:27  (VW)
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to God.

Luke 12:34 (VW)
34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

If one is looking for God and wants to find God people sometimes are beaten around the ears with a lot of words, terms and human doctrines. As humans, we attach great importance to what other people tell us and what other people have experienced. Problem with our attachment to what others say is that often man prefers to believe all the philosophical ideas and human doctrines instead of the Biblical doctrines.

When one has responded well to the inner feeling, the instinct to seek God, and heard and listened to the call of God, one can best succeed in finding God by daring to put aside many human doctrines and to estimate more value to biblical teachings than to any church doctrine you are nominated to by theologians, priests and ordinary people. The Word of God must ultimately be the main guideline or guide in your search for God, and if you have found God, to develop your relationship with Him further.

If we want to ascend to the Person Who lives in the highest echelons it is like climbing the highest peaks, that we should be well equipped with the right tools.

Strikingly, when we mountaineer, the closer we get to the skies, the more we can feel God. High in the mountains it is as if God is more closely to the heart to us and closer to us.

Is it because there we might be closer to a danger zone?

Climbing a steep mountainside we carry best a helmet to protect ourselves against falling stones.

In our search for God, the further (or higher), we get on the ladder to God, the more dangerous it is to crash (in the figurative sense) and the more we will feel the wind, cold or snow storm. Several people will oppose us as we get closer to God. Against this we have to be well armed.
The advantage is that it is only a temporary phenomenon. Once we really will have found God, we will have certainty as we stand on the high peak. There high up, on the peaks, though there we shall not meet many people. Having reached it we shall feel victory and feel so much strength that we have Him as our best chance of survival.
In the lower echelons many can still be dragged along by avalanches. But on top of the mountain we can stand firmly in the wind.

Our whole journey we may have enjoyed the colours, clouds and sun rays. Once come up on the top it will be completely clear. But make no mistake. If you not think of it to stay alert and do not make work of it to keep you safe and clean, when you lose your alertness, it is still possible to lose God again.

Being alert and on staying on your toes are essential to build up a good relationship with God and to find a good life here on earth.

Once we have found God, we must ensure that the faith-walls we have erected keep standing well in good condition.

To this end, they must first and foremost be built with the right materials. There must be good cement to hold them all well be constructed with chosen class materials.

Without chosen quality materials, it will be very difficult to secure your discovery of God and to preserve your wealth.

If one does not have some good maintenance of the faith, it shall be like abandoned buildings and soon will occur decay. Also, the structures, when not built up with the appropriate materials, will very much be affected by the shocks of the earth.

Earthquakes can quickly take down everything and bring decay.

The devastation of an earthquake may be huge. One should not underestimate the power of the earth. But also we may not minimise the power of man against those who believe in God.

No man can do anything against God. God is immortal and does not need to be afraid of a man or of death, for they can not do anything to him.

But man can do his fellow man something terrible. And those who hate God, shall love it to harm those who love God. The God haters shall not make it easy for the God lovers. The haters and enemies of God are in the Bible called the evil, devil or Satan. Evil that currently prevails throughout the world.

That evil you must try to overcome. For how it turns and turns, even in us there is evil present. In our lives, it becomes necessary to eradicate this evil from our lives. For this we will need to have self-knowledge, and then the courage to work on ourselves and to persevere.

If we encounter landslides or earthquakes (tragedies and heavy difficulties) we will have to take courage in our lives to oppose those bad conditions and shall have to set back our focus  to restore everything back.

A believer will not be allowed to remain with the pack of sorrow and regret, but will have to have the courage to, after falling, again and again, to stand up again and boldly go on.

Only by trial and error, we will be able to move forward if we put our mind on positive progress.

To succeed in our search for God, we must strike the right ways. For this we will need to make the right decisions at the appropriate times.

Without patience and perseverance nobody shall succeed the quest. But those beautiful virtues will teach and cultivate you on your way. That’s the beauty of the journey, in search of God, to find God, that you will gradually grow as a person. That’s the beauty of it gradually you will become a better person.

If it is Buddhism, Hinduism or any other form of faith, everywhere one can find similar traits, that’s where it comes down to, is that we need to work on ourself, our personality, to be placed separately in this society (many Bible translations give the word “holy“).

If one has found God, one will have to work to get rid of the world and to work for the higher or heavenly. Living in this world you shall not any more be of this world but should be of the world of Christ and his heavenly Father, the One True God.

As you can see you have to show willpower to find God and you should be well equipped with the right tools and the most reliable guide.

The best guide, is not exactly a guidebook that is really written by men. It is recorded and transmitted by people, but the words that we have been nominated are by the Supreme Creator of all things, the Creator God.

It is His Word that you should trust, which is recorded in 66 books, of which 39 in Hebrew and 27 are written in Greek. This collection of books transcends every book of human wisdom and knowledge.

The Bible provides all our needs for wise leadership. Even though it may not always be so easy to understand, at first reading, you should remember that an official document also is not always so easily to read or to decipher. In a legal document you will sometimes have to think twice or you shall have to re-read it again.

If you were handed over a legal document which set forwards what you had to do to receive a valuable inheritance, would you not take the time to study it carefully?

If you would find some parts to difficult to understand, you would probably get help from someone who has experience in this field.

Why would you regard the Bible not just the same. Why would you not give it the same attitude and ordinance?

Evolution of the biblical facility.
Evolution of the biblical facility.

In the earlier times, there were people, like those of Berea, who wished to know more about God and who went to consult people who could tell more about it. It should be noted that they did not take everything so indiscriminately, but looked at everything on the basis of the Holy Books, the Holy Scriptures.

Acts 17:10-11 (VW)
10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things are so.

Whether reading the original texts or translations, in parchment, paper or electronic representation of the texts indicated by God, it always comes down to that Book of books to look up things and compare Scriptures. You too should come to read the Bible (the Old and New Testament) regularly.

Above we spoke of obtaining inheritance. The Creator of the universe, has promised mankind a legacy. But there is more at stake than a material legacy.

For this reason, it is therefore extremely important to seek God, to set off to find the way to God and to find Him.

The Belgian Christadelphians are willing to assist you in your journey and to help you where they can.

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Some tools not to forget in your quest

As most important tool we mentioned the Bible. Are not afraid to put notes in it. Purchase a decent, quite literal translation of the Bible, in which there are references given. It is also useful to have a little ‘Index of Bible Words’ in it or a small concordance. A concordance and an encyclopaedia may help to look up more words, personal names and places.

Do not forget to have a handy notepad or exercise book by hand with good marking pens and handy pen .

Not bad to have some contact addresses where you also can ask questions.

A personal coach will also facilitate the work, so do not hesitate to contact us and or ask questions or respond to our publications on the net.
To this end, Brethren in Christ and the Flemish Christadelphian ecclesia are standing at your disposal.
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