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January 30, 2009

Seeking More of God

The theme of my life and ministry seems to be MORE! That is, God has more for each of us. I can go way back in my walk with God to see his more.

Since I was eight years old I had wanted to be a writer and then a magazine editor. When I joined Campus Crusade for Christ staff, I gave up that dream - wanting God's will more than my dream. Two months later I was asked to begin working on Collegiate Challenge magazine. That began fourteen years of writing and magazine editing - for God and his kingdom. What he had planned, and the eternal value of it, was so much more than I had dreamed.

Or I can go to the past few weeks. The primary focus of my ministry has been our staff women. I love encouraging them and challenging them to believe God for more. But sometimes I miss working with young believers. Lately, not only have I had the privilege of watching my new sister in Christ, my daughter-in-law, Brandon, learn and grow, but my husband Steve and I are helping to plant a church primarily for college students and recent graduates. Every Sunday evening I am talking to another young woman about knowing and trusting God. God has more than I was expecting!

I believe this is true for every area of our lives. God has more.

Do you need wisdom? He offers it in abundance.
Do you need strength? He offers himself and his joy.
Do you need comfort? He sends the Perfect Comforter.
Do you need financial help? He owns it all and gives us all we need.
Do you need patience or courage or hope?
His grace is sufficient - more than enough.

He has called us to follow him, then join with him in seeking and saving the lost, in growing disciples, in building spiritual movements. He has created each of us exactly right for the opportunities he has for us - the good works he has already prepared for us. But I believe he has more - more opportunities, more good works, more people to touch for him.

When my children were growing up, I often told them, "Don't settle! Don't settle for less than God's best." And that is my challenge to myself and to you. Don't settle for less than God's
best. Always seek more of him and the more he wants to do in and through your life.

The verse I seek to live by is Ephesians 3:20: "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us . . . ."

For more on seeking "more," we hope you join us at the Synergy Conference this March 6-8 in Orlando, Florida.


“Don’t settle! . . . Always seek more of him and the more he wants to do in and through your life."

Preach it sister! Against the voices that caution us to hold back and be less, your voice and your call to more are awakening something deep and right and vital that God hardwired in our souls.

Judy, I appreciate you. You have always wanted more for women, as long as I have known you. You are so amazingly [is that a word??]real, and I have been blessed by your approachability.
Synergy conference, and people like you and Carolyn, help me not settle for anything less than what God wants for me.
Thank you,

Hi Judy, I appreciate you. You have wanted more for women as long as I have known you.
You are so amazingly [is that a word?] real, and I have been blessed by your approachability. Synergy, and you and Carolyn and others help me want to not settle for anything less than what God wants for me.
Thank you, Karen

What a great Word. This has been so incredibly true in my life! Thank you for the reminder.

Ephesians 3:20 promises you what your asking for. We don't get more of God we become more like him by yielding to Him. He has given us everything we need for life and Godliness. We are complete in Him it says in Colossains. The concept that there is more opens people to new age concepts that Jesus is not enough. Many evangeliscals and especially charismatics are sitting ducks for "Jesus and experiences". Jesus said on the cross it is finished and we are to enter the REST of faith (Heb.4) and stop striving for something He has already given us in Him.
Yes we need more growth in grace and Christlike character. Ask and you shall recieve.

Yes, I agree that God has given us everything we need. But I don't believe many Christ followers live in the fullness of that everything. My point is that we settle for less than what God would like to do in us and through us. We don't yield or surrender to His transforming, perfecting work in us. In that sense, He offers more than we have laid hold of.

One of the great paradoxes of the Christian faith is that we get more not by striving but by denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Jesus. The riches and gain this article speaks of often come as we sacrifice and give. Because we already live in such a culture of acquisition, I wish the had conveyed more of that paradox.

I certainly wasn't talking about riches and gain. I was talking about becoming more like Christ and discovering and walking in more of the good works for which He created us. It is not about striving, but about seeking Him and choosing to live in His power.

Excellent article. God does indeed provide. Every single time I've had a legitimate need, financial or otherwise, God has met that need. Now, I'm working on trying to live in this "moreness," the abundant life that Christ promised us (no, this is not prosperity gospel).

I think that God always does more than we ask or imagine because we are afraid to ask or imagine big enough! We are challenging our church with the theme of: "2009: The Year of living Dangerously" and I'm speaking to women on this topic on March 7th! Dangerous living is stepping out "in faith" not just where we can already see or what we can accomplish by our own carnal efforts. Let us live dangerously so the world will see the "more" and glorify God.

I love that, Georgia. That reminds me of Lynee Hybel's Dangerous Women Creed:

Dear God, please make us dangerous women.

May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow,

and be radically alive for God.

May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.

May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot

speak for themselves.

May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.

May we pray deeply and teach wisely.

May we be strong and gentle leaders.

May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.

May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us,

and righteous anger energize us.

May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.

May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.

May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.

May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.

And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.

Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen.

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