Ask and It Will be Given to You
Updated: May 1
ETN - First, before we get to the post, we must understand what the Bible says.
We must read the Bible for ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to us. We can't rely solely on someone else to tells us what the Bibles say.....
People get confused about the Bible verse below.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8 ESV
This verse's context is about prayer, it's about a generous God eager to supply for his children.
People wonder, if I ask, is it really given to me? Is this verse true? If I ask, do I really receive? Does this verse really mean what it says?
The answer is absolutely YES!......... we have to understand the context but yes it is true and the Lord is never wrong.
Context - This verse is about expanding His kingdom! Let me repeat that, this verse is about expanding his kingdom, giving glory to him! This is not about expanding your kingdom.
Did you catch that? This verse is NOT ABOUT YOU furthering YOUR kingdom. The context of this verse assures us He will provide for us to further His kingdom! He will provide everything we need according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19)
The challenge with the verse is people believe if they have enough faith, God will bless them with worldly riches. People want to believe this verse tells them God will give you wealth and health in abundance if you just ask. Now God does like blessing his children but we are missing the fundamental point of our duty as a Christian. This verse is not what most people would like to make it. That God is a drive up window for your blessing or wealth health and prosperity! That line of thinking comes from prosperity preaching and is WRONG! God's goal is not to give you an easy life and bless you with worldly riches.
We are told, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
If the reason you're a Christian is so you can get God to bless you then you have a God, but it is not the God of the Bible. Your God is worldly riches.
If you think being a Christian is an easy life, someone should have told that to the Apostles. Jesus's close group all died terrible deaths. They were all martyred for their faith except John, and it's not because they didn't try. John was thrown into a vat of boiling oil and lived and then was imprisoned. Jesus told us that we would find many troubles in the world, but to take heart, he overcame the world.
We have to ask ourselves, what is our motive and what is our purpose? I think Paul Washer said it best, he said something to the effect that a true Christians prayers should be something like this, "Dear God if you can get glory for yourself by prospering me in any way than so be it, but dear God if you can get glory for yourself by me being ground to powder than so be it!"
It's not about us! It's ABOUT HIM! Every truly converted Christian should say yes and amen!
Seeking him through salvation brings glory to Jesus and what he has done for each of us.
God's purpose is to get glory for his Son! Our purpose should be to get Glory for Christ, NOT OUR SELF!
If what we ask is of pure heart and to further God's kingdom, then yes, he will supply every one of our needs according to his riches in glory.
We must stop believing the name it and claim it, blab it and grab it Gospel. It's not about us; it's about Him!
So, the real question is, who's kingdom are you trying to build, yours or His?
Pastor & Evangelist
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