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Ask, Seek, Knock - Receive, Find, Open

01 January 2021

This year is going to be our greatest yet! Our Heavenly Father has so much blessing stored up for us. All those blessings are just waiting, ready for the release.

 

Each of us are a huge part of determining when that release happens.

 

Matthew 7:7-11 teaches us to Ask, Seek and Knock.

           

Ask

- Ask based on your relationship. Jesus taught us to pray saying “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9-13). This wonderful statement is such a confidence booster to me. I am reminded of my new life, my adoption and my new authority.

- Ask with expectation, because I am going to receive. No product shortages, no supply chain issues, no delivery bottlenecks. The heavenly storehouses are filled to overflowing and my God knows how to get what I need into my hands.

- Ask with specific requests. My God will give us what we actually ask for. The supermarket may substitute items but my Father will talk to me as a son whenever adjustments are needed. But He does not trick or fool me. No snakes or stones but the bread and fish I asked for. He is the giver of good gifts (James 1:17), who actually enjoys giving gifts.

 

 

Seek

  • Seek first the kingdom. Jesus understood the role His Father gave him. The devil could not divert, deflect or deceive Jesus with shortcuts or personal needs (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus had His Father’s word ready to use. No half-truth was going to knock him off course.
  • Seek with all your heart, because the blessings are huge! Jesus’ sermon on the mount shows us that reaching for God, setting aside sadness, humbling ourselves to forgive, becoming pure and creating peace, will unlock those blessings (Matthew 5:3-10)
  • Seek the right rewards. Jesus was clear that the hidden things matter more than the public things. Instant, temporary rewards or eternal heavenly rewards? We choose what we receive but we will receive based upon our giving.

 

Knock

  • Knock like you mean it. Boldness in prayer is a sure sign of faith. We are to be like Jesus, salt and light, affecting the world around us and demonstrating the Father’s love (Matthew 5:13-16). Prayer is to get things done!
  • Knock with authority. Jesus loved the Roman Centurion who said “Just say the Word for I am a man under authority” (Matthew 8:5-13). We carry that same authority when we operate under Jesus’ authority.
  • Knock until you get an answer. Knowing God’s Word on any matter is the best way to get through storms (Matthew 8:23-27). Jesus knew his task for the day and nothing was going to get in the way: there were 2 demon-possessed men waiting for him to land so they could receive deliverance.

 

Let’s believe for some BIG, BIG miracles in 2021. Ask, seek, knock but also receive, find and doors will open!


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Alan Morton

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GoChurch Global