MATTHEW 7:9_Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask…
One of the great mysteries of the spiritual life is the Trinity. The Triune God who functions as three-in-one.
The Bible teaches God can function as the Eternal Father, the Jehovah-Jireh provider, and as the I AM. The Bible teaches this same God can function as the Son, the Creator of all that exists, and as the Christ, the Messiah who saves for eternity all who believe. The Bible also teaches this same God can function as the indwelling Holy Spirit, who comforts, who teaches, and who guides. No wonder He is all-powerful—He does it all!
Jesus calls God, Father. So do I. Jesus taught to pray to God as My Father, which art in Heaven. As a Jesus follower, you are a child of God. II Corinthians 1:3 (KJV), “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” Be comfortable in God because He loved you before you loved Him.
God wanted King David to know how to call upon Him. Psalm 89:27 (KJV), “He [King David … and me] shall cry unto me [God], Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”
God is all those things to me.
Heavenly Father, I stand in awe of You and worship You as my Father. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ teaches me God is my Father—I am His child!
MATTHEW 7:8_and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
Why do you knock? The door is closed. You’re on the outside. You want to come in. Or at least you want the door opened.
There are many doors you will knock on in life. You knock on the door of love—to give and receive love from the people in your life. You knock on the door of joy—to give and receive joy from the people in your life. You knock on the door of peace—to give and receive peace from the people in your life. You knock on the door of success—you want to receive success and perhaps there may be a way you can give it.
Jesus teaches to knock on the door of service. That’s not something you’re naturally inclined to do. John 13:16 (KJV), “Verily, verily, I [Jesus] say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.’
Jesus also says in Mark 10:43-45 (KJV), ” … but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Jesus says to knock on the door of serving others is to become like Him.
God Who Helps, Help me have a servant’s heart and become like You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to serve others—He will teach me!
MATTHEW 7:8_and he that seeketh, findeth…
Proverbs 20:27 says my spirit is God’s candle. We’ve talked a lot about candles in these devotionals. We’ve talked about the purpose of light—to dispel and overcome darkness. We’ve talked about candles set on candlesticks. We’ve talked about replacing the smaller candle and candlestick with larger ones as life moves on, and more light is needed. In this verse, a candle is used to in a different way – to gain insight into who I really am.
Now, the candle (my spirit) is used by God not to share light with others but—to search inside of me. God uses my spirit to shed light into my heart, and all that I am. He uses it to see what my heart seeks. Does it seek to know Him and make Him known, or does it seek to make me known?
Jesus told me to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Is that where He finds my spirit shedding light—on God’s righteousness? If God finds me seeking how to turn the other cheek, go the second mile, give to those who ask, and do good to those who hurt and use me, then He’s found me in the right place.
According to Jesus, if I’m seeking to live that kind of life—I’ll find it.
Almighty Father, I’m seeking the truth of Your kingdom. I’m seeking Your righteousness – to dwell in me. Thank You that I’ll find it. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows if I seek righteousness—If so, I’ll find it!
MATTHEW 7:8_and he that seeketh, findeth…
God does some seeking Himself. Proverbs 20:27 (KJV), “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Okay, so it sounds a little strange, or even humorous, in the King James, but if you translate belly and inward parts as the very depth of your being you may do better.
This verse tells something about your spirit. If you are a triune being: body, soul, and spirit—what is your spirit? Think of it as the part of your being which communes with God. It also is the part which is eternal.
Your spirit is housed within the body, and you can’t see it. Yet, you know it is there because it communes with the Holy Spirit. This is what searches the innermost part of your being—kind of like a conscience.
Your soul (mind, will, emotions) also is housed in the body, you can’t see it either. Yet, you know the soul is there because you think, you decide whether to follow God’s path or the devil’s. You can cry when you hurt and smile when you’re happy.
The body is the only part of your being you can see. One day it will die. The spirit will live on.
You have the freedom to decide where your spirit will live – for eternity.
God Who Sees, Help me as my spirit and the Holy Spirit guide me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ uses my spirit to lead me—I will follow!
MATTHEW 7:8_For everyone that asketh, receiveth…
You can’t ignore your coach’s instructions and expect to stay on the team. You can’t come to your piano lesson, without ever practicing, and expect the Top Student Award.
To receive what you asked requires something on your part. In the September 29 devotional several Bible verses are listed concerning asking and receiving. Do you notice this principle in each of these verses?
Matthew 21:22, your asking requires faith that your prayer life is something Jesus hears, is capable of answering, and will answer.
John 14:13, your asking should ultimately result in God being glorified.
John 15:7, your asking requires that you incorporate the Bible into your life.
John 16:24, your asking requires that you ask in Jesus’ name.
I John 5:14-15, your asking requires confidence in your prayer and that you ask for God’s will above your own.
Jesus says if you ask, you receive.
Get lined up with God’s plan!
God of Creation, I want whatever I ask for to ultimately glorify You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows what my asking requires—He teaches me!