Call

As I was reading my Bible I came across this verse again.  It is an often quoted passage.  I wonder if I really get the meaning of this.

As my family and I have been experiencing some really difficult trials the past couple weeks it has caused me to simply look at passages like this again with a little more intent look.

Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

As I thought about the first phrase “Call unto me;” I was reminded how most people really do not want a Saviour.  Far too many people today want a genie in a bottle.  Thy want a “personal diety” who will just show up when they need someone.  They want some super being that will be ready at their every beckon call.  It does not work that way.

The word “call” means we are accosting a person by calling out.  There is no time here to give up.  There are people and things that I have been praying for that have not been answered.  Some of these requests have been on my heart for many years.  We have to keep calling.

When we call out to God it means we keep going to Him and going to Him boldly asking.  It is not a one time request.  We keep going back and back until we get the request answered.

We will know it when God answers too.  The word “shew” means to front, to stand out boldly.  When God answers we will know it.  We had a very large situation in our lives and I prayed about it and God answered the request in such a way that I know for sure it was Him.

Too many so-called Christians do not see their prayers answered because of various reasons.  One that stands out to me is that they do not call upon God and ask Him.

So, how are you doing?

 

Pray For One Hour 7

Matthew 26:40-41, “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

VII.  Pray for one hour:  Petition – share personal needs:  Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and is shall be opened unto you:”

I shared with you yesterday that it is difficult for me to share personal needs.  It is my pride.  There have been times that I have felt led of God not to share personal needs with other.  It was as if God did not want me to share them.  Then, what an awesome blessing to see Him provide whatever the need was.

A brother preacher shared with me the acronym A.S.K.  It came from Matthew 7:7.  Let me share that with you now.

A – “ask” means to ask.
S – “seek:” means to seek, to worship
K – “knock” means to knock: rap (not the music either)

I think that we can learn here to persevere in prayer.  Don’t just pray about it once; but, keep praying for it until you receive an answer.  Far too many of us just pray about it once and give up and say that God has not heard or answered our prayers.  Maybe He is trying to teach us something by waiting to answer our prayers.  When it comes to pray we must “A.S.K.”  We have to keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking until He answers.

So, how are you doing?

A Command To Ask

As I have written recently, you know that my Aunt passed away.  As we cleaned out her apartment there were so many memories.  She had saved so many things as mementos over the years.  With each memory came a few tears also.

As we were cleaning things out different relatives wanted different things.  You would ask about some particular thing and someone would say that someone else got it.  If you wanted something you had to ask for it.  If you did not ask for it then the item was either sent to the trash dumpster or it was sent to the mission.

In our verse for today God is telling Jeremiah to tell the children of Israel to “ask”.  Look at Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”

The word “ask” means to request; by extension, to demand.  James tells us in James 4:2, “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”  We need to ask.  We refer to Him as our Heavenly Father; but, we do not treat Him that way.  As a father I want my children to come to me and ask for things.  This way I can teach them valuable lessons for life.  If they never ask then I might not be able to teach them these lessons.  God does the same for us too.  This is why He commands us to ask.

So, how are you doing?

Preparation

Yesterday morning I received an e-mail that thrilled me to tears.  I received word that someone very near and dear to us will be coming to our area for a visit.  I cannot wait.  As I sat pondering when, where and how of the details a thought came to my mind.  This thought made my heart break.

The thought was this.  You are so excited and eager for this visit; but, I promised to come back and you do not anticipate my coming with that much excitement and joy.  Ouch!  I was convicted to rivers of tears.  It is true that Jesus’ own bride does not even really anticipate His coming.  We have His Word that He will return one day and yet we live like it will never happen.

It is no wonder that we have such a vivid picture in the book of Revelation.  Look at the words in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  We as soul-winners often us this verse as we speak to people.  The truth is that this “door” that Jesus knocks on is the door of His Church.  This is a heart breaking reality.  We are so busy with our programs and stuff that distracts us from the life that Jesus gives us that we do not hear Him knocking at the door.  God please forgive me!

So, how are you doing?

Falling Down And Getting Back Up 4

Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Today we will look at the third principle of falling down and getting back up.  Today’s principle is Request God’s forgiveness.  Look at I John 1:9-10, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”  The idea of confession is to say the same thing about our sin that God says about it.  It is not that we are letting God in on our sinfulness.  He knows.

There are many reasons that people do not request God’s forgiveness.  One is shame.  They are ashamed to admit to God what they have done.  The thing is that the sooner you confess it and forsake it the sooner you can move on in life.  Don’t expect to go anywhere or do anything for God with known sin in your life.  It will not work.  Once the confession is made and God immediately forgives you then you can move on like it never happened.

So, how are you doing?