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Apr 17

Ask And You Shall Receive

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April 17, 2012 Bible Reading

Joshua 15:1-63
Luke 18:18-43
Psalms 86:1-17
Proverbs 13:9-10

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In the Old Testament, Caleb’s daughter urges her husband to ask her father for a field. It doesn’t sound very exciting, I know. However, later in today’s reading Jesus is asked a question by two people. Psalms today is nothing but asking. We round out the day with proverbs with the promise of advice. The reading kept reminding me of a previous couple of pieces of scripture.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 NIV)
And…
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 NIV)

If you didn’t get a chance to read the scripture yet or listen to it, I recommend you listen to it. Brian from the Daily Audio Bible does a magnificent job with his commentary and insight today around the passages in Luke.

Bottom line is because of the work that Jesus did we can ask our Lord anything. In order to receive it we must let go of everything we are holding onto with full trust that God will not let us fall.

We get really good at spotting other people’s idols. It’s when we focus inward that we usually give up. It doesn’t matter whether it’s as easy to spot as a bottle in the hand of a homeless man or if it’s much tougher to spot, like money, an idea, or even a person. If we put anything before our Lord and Savior, we have basically blocked ourselves from an answer.

If it is in the way of me and my Heavenly Father, I must let go. That doesn’t always mean that I will lose whatever it is. There have been many times that I just “let go and let God” and because of my putting God first, I became ready to receive his gifts. It truly is when I let go that He delivers me.

The Blind Man and The Rich Man

In Luke, we see a blind man fighting through a crowd to get to Jesus. When he gets to Him, Jesus asks him. “What do you want me to do for you. I am here. I hear you.” That in itself is comforting. The blind man asks, “I want to see”. I love what Jesus says next. “Receive your sight.”

Jesus could see that there was nothing in this mans way of putting God first, therefore the man had not put any stumbling blocks in front of himself. God doesn’t want to block us like some spiritual game of Connect Four. We are the ones that allow these things to creep into our lives. We allow these stumbling blocks in, then usually blame God for not listening.

The rich man was a good man with a good heart by Jesus’ account so why did he leave disappointed. Why is Jesus talking about his money? The reason is not because of money alone. It is because money is the one thing besides God that this man had put is belief, faith, and trust in. He could not see a future without his money. That is why Jesus pointed it out. It makes a good example.

How Does This Relate?

I imagine my kids waiting to go swimming. I love when they splash around and have a blast in the pool. It’s one of our favorite things in the Spring and Summer (even if it is a blow-up pool). I’ve told them, put your swimsuit on and come to the bathroom so we can put sunscreen on you before you can go. Once you’ve done that, you can go outside and swim. 30 minutes later, I go to find out why they haven’t come to me yet. On the bed Gabby sits playing NintendoDS with Evan watching. She sees me as I walk in and says, “Daddy, I want to go swimming.”

That is a small example of what God must go through. We ask Him for things and help to do things and then we lose focus. Not a loss of focus on the project or the obstacle in our lives… We lose focus of Him and what He is telling us.

Proverbs… Ahhh the Proverbs

I think “Proverb” is the Hebrew word for “Cuts Like A Knife”

Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice. (Proverbs 13:10 NIV)

Jesus gives us all the advice we need. Whether its money, a person, a job, a habit, or whatever else, drop it and follow Him. Put Him first and the rest will fall into place. Not because of some mysterious way of the universe, but because our Heavenly Father wants things to be in place in our lives, but we must first put Him first.

Good Advice, Jesus, Thanks!

Revolution 365
Revolution 365 meets again tonight. I’ve been asked a few times what this Bible Study is about. It’s probably easier to tell you what it’s not.
It’s not a rigid, unforgiving, maniacally run, group of people ready with switches to beat you into submission if you miss a day of reading or a meeting one week. We are a group of people that are ready to take the journey through the Bible in a Year and want to do it with someone to help navigate and answer questions from each other on the way. Come join us tonight at Panera Bread in Evans GA at 7pm.

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