This is Part 2 of the article Searching for Success from yesterday by my Guest Writer, Chris Lisk. My guest today and tomorrow happens to be one of my nephews, Chris Lisk. He works in the oil fields in Pleasanton, TX. He works hard with his hands and he loves the Lord with his whole heart. He is 26 years old and has been married to his beautiful bride, Jess, for a little over year. He was saved a little boy and attended church with his family but as he got older he attended a Bible Study called Wholly His where he studied the Word on a deeper more personal level and truly fell in love with Jesus.
It is painful to watch people live ignorant lives. Those that dwell in pain and suffering and misery, wondering why nobody helps them and feeling like others should. I do not consider myself profoundly wise or intelligent. All I’ve ever wanted was to live a happy and regret free life. I couldn’t of been older than 10 when I figured out that I couldn’t achieve that goal apart from God. How much wisdom can a 10 year old have? We live in an age where the writing is on the wall right in front of us yet we choose to ignore it! I remember being a young boy when my cousin told me to never start smoking – as he was smoking – that it would be the worst mistake I ever made. So to this day I have never smoked. Do I even have to make an explanation here? So many hundreds of thousands of people received the same advice but didn’t listen and now they are stuck in the regrets of their choices. Why? I don’t get it. Why are people so obsessed with living ignorantly!? The smoker says “don’t smoke” yet people smoke. The rich man says “I regret seeking riches over spending time with my family” yet how many countless people still seek riches and avoid their families? Jesus says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 With a heavy heart I find so few come.
To the believers I say; stop seeing God as a being who is in the far distant heavens but rather one who dwells within your heart. Wherever you go, God goes. Wherever God leads you, you go. You two are inseparable. “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” (John 14:20 NKJV).
Stop thinking “I’m going to sin every day”. That’s the same as saying “I’m going to choose to do wrong every day.” Sin is a choice, it was when it was in the garden and it still is today. You didn’t hear Adam say “I will sin every day because the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is in the garden.” Sin didn’t exist until he CHOSE to eat of its forbidden fruit. We are called to be in the world but not of it. Another thought, if God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden for committing one sin, what chance would we have if those were right that say “we will sin everyday”? There is nothing that God hates more than sin and there is no greater lie than to say “God will dwell within me while I sin.” No man can serve two masters, only one will be your master.
Stop looking at God as the judgment warlord. Not doubt He is mighty and powerful, but if you know Him as loving Father you will never have to experience another side of Him. If you find the lack of the power of God in your life ask yourself a few questions. Do I seek Him? He has laid out the examples and directions on how he wants us to live in the Bible, one can never go wrong seeking Him first. Deuteronomy 4:29 “You will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Seek God with great humility, be sure to ask God what He would have of you more than what you would have of Him.
A lot of people see God as the correcting Father, which He is if we disobey. But I like to see Him as the father at my basketball game that yells at the top of his lungs in excitement as I score a point. The father who loves to adorn and shower me in gifts, and who melts when I show him that I love him for who he is and not what he gives me. The father who loves to be with me as I go to work, he keeps me company and we talk about everything together.
I found success, prosperity, and fulfillment. I didn’t even have to work for it nor do I owe anyone. Matthew 6:33 says ”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I sought God, and everything else has been added to me.
Matthew 7:9-11 “ Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!