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This year so far we have talked a lot about Ephesians 2:20—“ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
It’s nearing the end of January! For a lot of us, it’s about that time where all of the things we said we were changing for the new year are about out the window! What if we started trying to do things God’s way, instead of our way. A lot of time God is made out to be this vengeful, spiteful God; but he’s not. He is not sitting here keeping a tally of what we are doing wrong. We were born into a flawed flesh. IF we do things God’s way though, we will begin to see the “MORE” that we are expecting in 2019.
In the book of Matthew 7:7-14—
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Even though that scripture ends pretty bleak, There is Hope. Do you really know and love God as much as you say you do? Continue asking that; because it is easy to get to a place where you think you have it all figured out.
Having knowledge of the father is extremely important. In verses 7 &8 it tells us to Ask, seek, and knock. In several different translations; it goes on to tell us to Consistently and persistently ask, seek, and knock. In the book of James it tells us that “we have not because we ask not. How are you asking; and how is your heart behind it? “
In the Bible there is a lady named Hannah. Her husband had another wife as well; and although Hannah was more favored by her husband; the other wife could have kids, and Hannah could not. Hannah seeks the Lord after the other wife holds it above her that she could have kids. Hannah ASKED the Lord out of something that was bothering her soul. She persistently and purposefully went to the Lord.
You can not love the Lord without truly knowing Him. God will honor persistent prayer; and desires you to seek him, and seek his will for your life! Whether it’s big or small; if you have the right heart, and you are persistent, he will honor your request.
Sometimes to see the “More” you have to shift from your perspective to his perspective.
In Verses 9-11, a comparison is drawn from our Father in heaven to our Earthly parents. Just think of what our God in heaven who wants what’s best for us, who puts everything aside for us; can do for us!
Don’t think you have to put down your sin before you come into the church; that mentality is keeping you from God. The Key to loving God is knowing him.
The Golden Rule says to treat others how you want to be treated. There are 6 core longings that people deal with. Everything we want and desire stems from these 6 core longings. What if instead of tearing each other down; we started speaking understanding into each of these areas. What if we took the time to help each other feel like we belong; instead of finding our differences and tearing each other down because of it.
We are all called to something. He wants each of us closer to him. You don’t have to be perfect; all he wants is for you to come. Don’t let your same, wrongdoing, or lies you hear hold you back from what he has for you. It takes commitment.
Things will change for you when your level of commitment changes! IF we commit to love him, gain knowledge of him; and fall deeper in love with him; we will be transformed.