The only thing that a child of God can bring to the Father to assure success in their search for Him is an open heart. It is in this truth that we can see how poisonous the religious organizations of men are to this process. The religious organizations of men work to close the heart of the believer. This is done to protect the organization’s influence, doctrine or agenda.
How can we or anyone put limits on the God of the entire universe? This is ludicrous. Only by standing in complete openness to the Father’s instruction and leading can we ever hope to find Him. I believe that the Father allows this tension between the religious and the spiritual to force us to come to Him and Him alone. The friction between these two elements (religion and spiritually) is a superbly effective way of forcing us to choose between the Father and the world. More to the point, we must choose between the Father and the world.
This is what it means to seek God with an open and undivided heart. How heartbreaking it is to see the children of God seeking the Father and failing. They do not fail because the Father ejects them and they do not fail because they are defective. Rather, the children of God fail to find the Father because they seek “another god.” They seek the god that fits in with their doctrine, ministry or agenda. They seek the God that fits their ambitions and life style. In truth, this is not the Father at all but some foreign god: Joshua 24:15. This is the same root cause for the failure of the unsaved people of the world to find the one true God.
The Father will not and indeed cannot honour such seeking. For the Father to honour this kind of seeking would require God to be less than what He truly is. He will, however, continue to call to His children to come to Him and Him alone. If we do this we will find the Father in that deep, personal relationship of a child and parent that is God’s most cherished wish for us.”