And It Shall Be Given To You
Matt. 7:7-8 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
You will note that the first letter of Ask, Seek and Knock spell “ASK”.
Do we really believe we can ASK and it will be given to us? Wow! Just think about the power these words give a person. We could actually get people healed, set free or delivered from demonic activity or we might even work miracles in His name. Aaah, but we would have to believe what God said in His Word; we would have to take God at His Word, no doubting, no disbelief, no hesitation.
We believe the doctor when he tells us something. We believe the news paper we read. We believe what we hear and see on television. We believe our history books. Everyone in the world believes that George Washington was the first president of America. Why? It’s in the history books. Everyone in the world believes men have been on the moon. Why? We saw it on television.
Matt. 21:21-22 says, “….Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Jesus had cursed the fig tree and it died. He said we could do that, too. We have no need of moving literal mountains or cursing trees…but apparently we could actually do it. Why? Because it is in God’s Word.
The above Scripture says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
All things means just that “all things” and whatsoever means just that “whatsoever”. “All things” and “whatsoever” covers everything.
There is one thing we must learn and that is found in James 4:3 which says,
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.”
God will not allow anyone to use His Word for lustful, selfish reasons.
You may feel like you can’t do anything. You can make a commitment.
You think you can’t serve God in any kind of ministry. You can put yourself in the place where God’s power will work through you.
Serving God is not a sudden burst of emotion, but a conscious, deliberate act of your will.
Additional Scriptures to help build faith!
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." John 14:12-14.
This is your power of attorney if you are a Christian. My husband has given me power of attorney, which means I can do anything in his place. I can write checks on his bank account. I could close the account. In other words, it is the same as him doing it himself. The above Scripture gives each Christian the right to do the same. The reason for this is that it glorifies God and meets the needs of God’s people. But God cannot do this unless we ask in faith, nothing wavering. See Heb. 11:6 & James 1:5-8.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20.
God is actually willing to do over and above what we need or want, but the receiving is according to the faith that we have.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” First John 5:14-15.
Do we have confidence in God? Perhaps we are telling ourselves we have lots of faith, when in truth, we don’t have as much as we think. We need to be honest with ourselves concerning this matter, because it determines the outcome of our prayers. In these last days that are so filled with hardships, we should concern ourselves with learning to trust Jesus. What do you think?
“….According to your faith be it unto you.” Matt. 9:29.
This is why it is so important to learn to trust Jesus. And we learn that by having faith in Him through the small problems and as we grow in faith we trust Him through bigger things. If we have little faith, we get little answers from Jesus. If we have big faith, we get big answers from Jesus. It is all up to us. We can be happy with little faith or we can get in God’s Word and study and fellowship God and have Him answer our prayers for bigger things.
“And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you." Luke 17:6
Faith the size of a mustard seed! That does not seem like very much since a mustard seed is about the size of a pin head. Perhaps we should all scrutinize our faith life and see if it could use some improvement.
In His service, Zella
I wish for you faith in a living, loving Savior Who is meeting all your needs as only He can do
God Bless You!
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