Father May I?

In this portion of Scripture, we’re told to do three things:  ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK!  Isn’t it interesting that ASK comes before the other two?  I wonder why?  Let’s find out.

Some of you are parents, right?  Who am I kidding – all of you are parents – I’m the weirdo with no kids.  Sigh.  Anyway, let’s say your child wanted something from the ice cream truck.  The music sounds as if it’s getting closer and closer…  the pressure’s on to grab a dime – or, probably a dollar these days!  But – you’d like for your child to actually ASK PERMISSION for the ice cream before going out to see how close the truck is to the house – wouldn’t you?  It’s at the very least common courtesy and respectful to parents.

God’s our Parent…  He’s our Heavenly Father.  Apply the same scenario to Him.  Well of course we’re not going to ask for ice cream.  At least I don’t think we will.  But before we seek anything in this life, we should pray about it.  We may seek a job, a spouse, a house, a mouse or a new car.  God cares about where you are and what you want in life.  He wants to be included in your decision-making.  Actually, He wants to be instrumental in your decision-making!  He can straighten paths…  I mean – He is so creative that way!  He’s the Creator of the universe and everything – so yeah – He is creative!

Once we have ASKED, we SEEK.  That is when God does such cool stuff.  I don’t want to make it sound like a name and claim because I don’t believe that way.  I just mean that circumstances can turn on a dime and you know without a doubt it’s because you ASKED before you SOUGHT.  God is God and if the desire of your heart is within His sovereign will – He wants it for you.  He works on my behalf.  He works on your behalf.  If God is for us, who can be against us!  Amen!!!

So we have SOUGHT.  Now it’s time to KNOCK!!!  Don’t knock like a timid little door-to-door sales rep his first day on the job.  Knock like a BOSS and radiate with confidence!  Why are you confident?  Because you have ASKED and SOUGHT.  You know in your heart that God is already where you are and preparing everything to work for your good!  You serve a God who not only knows the past and the present – He knows your FUTURE as well.  What calm assurance and confidence that gives me!  I’ve gotten through many job interviews by reviewing all these facts in my mind.

When we knock…  the door will be opened!  Now, sometimes things don’t go exactly the way we imagine.  But keep in mind that just because I didn’t get that particular job…  God is already in my future – so He knows which job I should have!  HE knows!  That’s good enough for me!

 

Last week we started making spiritual cookies.  I’m not going to explain it all again – if you want to refresh your memory, take a look at last week’s post.  We used God’s special sifter to sift the special flour of strength into the dough.  Today we’re going to add a few chocolate chips to make our cookies sweet!

Dear Lord, We know that Martin Luther advises us to use fewer words for a better prayer, so today we simply ask “Father, may I?”  May I please have sincerity that comes from You?  May I please have some chocolate chips in my spiritual cookies to make me sweeter?  We ASK for this most important of ingredients in Jesus’ precious and matchless name, Amen.

We’ve ASKED.  Now we SEEK then KNOCK.  Don’t be scared.  God’s already there!

I have a special treat for you today.  My friend and Christian brother, John Minton, just made a new You Tube video!  Yay!  Just in time for Mother’s Day!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FyYVARhoGQqY&h=ATPel3zJVEL-dffn-NOCtd1IA3eUy-xNImhvJIf4-HN4rmdCcZpVzm1pPDAtDjsFeQ_C1iyDHtFu2jRCKAFTD5m9SFRoMWaBH54fmVPZL17pObDK5Gw2n72tNdh5gyFC3oWs

Have a BLESSED week!   🙂

 

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LUKE 11:10 ON 11/10

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For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  – Luke 11:10

What exactly is it that Dr. Luke means here?  I understand the word EVERYONE – and that’s a good start, right?  It means that includes you and me!  But I want to know more about the asking, seeking and knocking…  don’t you?

https://youtu.be/4vn5QAkoNoM

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Dr. Luke wants us to know that God’s favor is ours if we will humbly ask, diligently seek and persistently knock.  It’s not a case where we can approach the throne of God and blurt out OPEN SESAME!  It doesn’t work that way… and it shouldn’t.

I’ve taken His precious grace for granted – but by the same token, I’ve forgotten the immeasurable POWER that God has – and it’s mine if I seek Him with my heart, soul, mind and strength.  I have such confidence and hope when I remember where my help comes from!

I believe David caught the essence of true discipleship in this poem.  We must travel the road of prayer every day.  Prayer is the way we stay on course in our daily lives.

Dr. Luke encourages us to ask, seek and knock – in that order.  

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Does it bring you comfort to know that Jesus walked where we walk – that He’s not just a Lord that can’t relate to being one of us?  He was part human – but He’s also divine.

It’s easier for me to ask, seek and knock when I remember that Jesus was part human while He was here.  Can He possibly relate – and care about one such as I?  He does.   He is our LORD and SAVIOR – but He’s also our very BEST FRIEND.

What are we waiting for, because surely God is there to answer when we ask, find us as we seek Him and come to the proverbial door when we knock.  It’s an act of humility, not pride – for we know without Him, we are nothing.  With Him, we are what we are supposed to be – what He wants us to be.  Let’s ask, seek and knock every day.  🙂

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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DON'T TRY TO SPIN GOD'S WORD

Well – I have to admit when I first heard this I thought, “Oh, he’s quoting from the Billy Joel version of the Bible.”  Back in the day, the famous album GLASS HOUSES was one of my favorites.  It was the seventh studio album by Billy Joel, released on March 10, 1980.

Look, the bottom line is…  Christians have to be very careful when quoting Scripture from God’s Holy Word.  There is a passage in Revelation that says it all very clearly:

 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.  And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.  – Revelation 22:18-19

We need to take God’s Word very seriously and believe every bit of it.  When we think we know what “The Good Book” says, we had better look it up to be sure the passage says what we think it says.  This is an example of a failed attempt to quote Scripture that was not in the Bible, but is really an old saying – (and provided inspiration for Billy Joel in 1980 as well, apparently).

So who first used that proverb?

The proverb has been traced back to Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ (1385). George Herbert wrote in 1651: ‘Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.‘ This saying is first cited in the United States in ‘William & Mary College Quarterly’ (1710). Twenty-six later Benjamin Franklin wrote, ‘Don’t throw stones at your neighbors’, if your own windows are glass.’ ‘To live in a glass house’ is used as a figure of speech referring to vulnerability.” From “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

Now the log in my eye…  I’ve always heard it referred to as a beam, but yes that passage explaining judging and fruit inspection (they are not the same thing) is in Matthew 7:

Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:  and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.  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.  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Of if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in the day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?  And in thy name have cast out devils?  And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:  for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell:  and great was the fall of it.  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.    – The Book of Matthew Chapter 7

Are we to judge if we are in sin ourselves?  No.  God alone is the JUDGE of all of us.  Are we to be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing and observe the fruit that other people bear?  Yes!  Yes we are!   I’m thankful for the reminder that people in glass houses should not throw stones.  Thank you for reminding me that my brother’s eye has a tiny speck in it and my eye has a huge log in it.

Although we are not to JUDGE anyone, this passage of Scripture warns us to watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing and inspect fruit trees so we don’t get duped.  God gives the gift of discernment to His children.  If we are wise, we will use that precious gift.  Just make sure that log or beam or whatever is out of your eye first.  My Bible tells me that I am to be aware and alert to the wolves in sheep’s clothing that will come along and try to push me off the narrow path that I’m on.  That is NOT judging!  I will vote for a Christian Republican candidate in 2016.  This is nuts.  He can nearly break our Constitution with executive action and break all sorts of laws, but we’re not supposed to judge?  🙂

Let’s recap:

Billy Joel – ALBUM – GLASS HOUSES

Released March 1980 and will eventually be forgotten.

God’s Holy Word – THE HOLY BIBLE

Timeless and unchanging – will never be forgotten.

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Any questions?  ❤