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Ask, Seek, Knock
The more earnestly we ask, seek, and knock on heaven’s door, the more we will be given the supernatural strength to fulfil His Word and remain in the center of His will.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Click To TweetMatthew 7:7-8
Okay. Ask and it will be given to you seek and you’ll. Knock and the door will be open to you for everyone who ask receives the one who seeks fines and the one who knocks the door will be opened. All right. So we’re gonna be digging into this scripture this morning, guys, and we’re, and first of all, we need to understand where is Matthew?
Okay. First book of the new Testament. Okay. So you’re past your old Testament. As soon as you open up your new Testament. Matthew is the first gospel is known as the gospel. Gospels are, again, this is one on one stuff, but I don’t wanna make sure we skip over anything. You guys don’t know. Matthew mark, Luke and John are, are called before gospels.
Okay. So Matthew is the first one. All right now. And Matthew seven, this is part of the well known sermon. You guys may have heard it called the sermon on the Mount. Okay. So this is Jesus. He’s given probably his most, most well known sermon out there. Wonderful insight. This is just a little snippet of that in these verses.
Are frequently taken outta context and we need to be careful. Okay. And, and so this is why I really want to go through this today. Cause it’s often taught about compromised Christians, false teachers, and prosperity preachers out there that if we shout loud enough, we pray long enough, you know, and, and we demand, we demand forcefully enough.
God has to give us what we want. Right, right. Wrong, wrong. That is an unscriptural practice and is actually called positive confession. Okay guys, we, we’re not gonna live there. The truth in these verses has been twisted, really twisted to imply that God is at our Becking call and we, he just supposed to give us anything that we want, right.
That is wrong. And, and what that is. That’s prosperity teachings. They sprung up all over the place. And Unsal denominations have been formed to push this new age practice out there on top of us, uh, uh, a positive declaration. Uh, the world of faith movement is wrong. Guys. The Bible teaches that a man must pray in faith and without doubt unforgiveness or any sin, that’s in our hearts.
Right. And we have to be stay true to. And, and we go back to Psalms. It reminds us if God re regards inequity in our heart, he will either heed nor hear our prayer. So if we’re coming with the raw motive, guys, we completely miss the point completely. But when we carry out his will and we seek his kingdom first and his righteousness, he will hear our prayer because we will be praying into his.
Right. That’s what, that’s where we gotta make sure we’re aligned. When we honor our heavenly father and proclaim his sovereign authority, his power, his glory. Oh guys, we can have an assurance at that point that he is a God who hears our an hears and answers our prayers. Right. But there here’s the thing your answer could be yes.
Could be no. Or maybe not now. Gotta may have to wait. I’ll tell you what guys it is. There’s so much beauty in this because the, the impossibly high standards of the sermon of the Mount and the call of prayer are designed to teach us the principles and practice Christ teaching and practice it every day.
Right? Because he’s teaching us and he’s showing us what we can, what we can achieve and, and how we can achieve it. Not on our strength and power, but through him as he, he’s the one who’s leading us. Right. So guys again, the holy spirit, holy spirit. He’s got to be at the head. He’s got to be able to, to, to, to speak into our lives, to, to, to, to drive us, to guide us, to direct us.
Okay. And the more earnestly we ask, seek and knock on heaven’s door, the more we will be given supernatural strength, guys, supernatural strength to fulfill his word. And remain centered, centered on his wheel. Guys. What is it telling us? Ask it’s going will be given, seeking you a fine knocking. The door will be open.
If you ask you receive. If, if you seek you find one who knocks the door is gonna be open, but we have to take action. We can’t sit still and we can’t come at it with a me, me, me, me, me attitude. This is about. What do you desire for my life? What should I be looking for? Lord? What doors do you want me to start to, to walk through God, ask that and also make sure you get a, a, a, a go, if he’s giving you a yes or go as well.
And that we’re, that we’re not acting prematurely. So guys, anytime you hear the scripture, if it’s being preached, pay attention. Because if they, if they, if they’ve talked through some of the things that I previously went through, you may be being taught prosperity gospel, and we need to just eliminate that.
Get out of that environment, go find a biblical, uh, church that is gonna speak and gonna stand on the word of God and not te teach any of these things, but strictly teach what Jesus told us. So guys for this particular one, I actually went to there’s some really cool resources out there. One called daily burst.com and, and, and they, they had a really good breakdown of this scripture and that’s, I was able to get a lot of my notes there.
So guys, again, if you don’t know or understand a scripture, go do the research, cuz I’ll tell you what the OG to G go to Google. It’s a great way to grow spiritually guys and to learn and to I do it every week. I go, I, I study my Bibles, but then I also go out there and look at commentaries and blogs and see what, see what people talk about it.
And then I pray about it. All right, Lord. What are you trying to tell me here in this scripture? And then what can we take from this scripture and help others? So guys, you know, as you think about this week, we’re gonna be talking about giving. Okay. So our guest this week, he’s a, he’s a, he’s an author. He’s a publish.
Another great, powerful conversation, guys. You’re gonna get a lot from it and we’ll be talking about performance driven, giving, excuse me, performance driven giving. And what I want you to think about for your question this week does giving cost you anything? I know that sounds a little simple, maybe a little off, but think about it.
Does giving cost you anything? Do you feel it? Cause you should. There should be a little bit of an mm. There, you should be. You should feel it a little bit. Right guys. We need to have giving hearts. Okay. So guys, come back again, come back on Wednesday, check out. This is gonna be a great conversation.
Talking about performance driven giving. We’re not gonna be talking about tithing the whole time, so don’t worry about that guys. We’re all gonna be talking about a giving heart, what that looks like. Now we know we have a lot of guys who listen to the line within us every week. Spiritual kickoffs have been actually received very well.
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We’re sinners. And what is a sin? Any, anything that pulls you away from God? That is a sin. That’s a definition of a sin. So if we’re sinners and we, and, and, and, and we fall short to glory, God, how are we gonna get to heaven? There’s only one way it’s through trusting Jesus is our savior and lore. That’s it?
There’s no other way to, to the father, except through him. There’s no other name given to among, by which we must be saved. It’s all throughout the Bible. So, who is Jesus? Was he just this cool guy who came and did some of these little miracles and, uh, you know, just maybe a healer or a miracle worker? No, he was the living guy.
He was God, he came down, he took on flesh, imagine taking on one of these dogone vessels and we walk around, we’re hurting an aching all the time. He took it on. So he came from the file or took it on and walked amongst us and taught us. And we have it all right here in the Bible, in his word in the beginning was a word or where it was God and words with God.
It was Jesus he’s. He is it. And so he came and he did all these things he taught and he, he taught parables and he told us about how you received the kingdom of heaven. And he told us the only way is through trusting him. He’s the only. There’s, there’s not it. You can’t nice your way in. I kid it guys. You think you can just be a good dude, get there wrong.
Hell’s gonna be full of nice guys. It just is because they think that they can do it on their own. And you have to come to the point and understand that you cannot do it on your own. There’s nothing we can do. It only happens by having a relationship with him. So what did he do? He died for us. He nailed him to the cross, his blood ran and he breathes his laugh breath for us and said it was finished.
The tele, it was done. His, his blood paid the penalty for our sins. The atonement is paid in full there’s. Nothing we can do now. And then they laid him in a tomb and guess what? He didn’t stay there. Three days later, he rose, he rose. That should get you pumped up right here on the spiritual kickoff. He rose, we do not worship a dead guy.
It’s a living savior. Who’s who, who busted the Boulder open and he was out and then he ascended to heaven. And if he’s sitting right now at the right hand of the father, and when you die, you’re gonna have to stand in front of him. And he either, he’s going to say, well done, good and faithful servant, or he’s gonna say I never.
If he says, I never knew you, you will be forever separated from him. And look, I’m not trying to, to, to come with some fire and brimstone guys, I’m just coming with truth. So if you don’t know, if you don’t know what would happen, days a day, admit you’re a sin. Believe that he, he is the son of guy and confess him as.
And if you do those things at that moment, you are in the holy spirit will come upon upon you and you’ll have the power to, to serve him. You’ll have the hunger to get into the word, to fight, to put on armor. Guys, there are so many things we could talk about that the armor and fighting it’s not for weak men.
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In this Spiritual Kick Off we unpack a section of the Sermon on the Mount that many take out of context. Lions recognize the false teaching of prosperity gospel and seek to understand what Jesus was truly trying to teach us.
The impossibly high standards of these verses and the call to prayer, are designed to teach us that the principles and practice in Christ’s teaching can never be achieved in our own strength and power. They can only be realized supernaturally, as we allow the Holy Spirit to work His work in our lives.
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