Matthew 7:8

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matt 7:8)

knocking at the door

I love the simple words of Jesus. I love the simple truths that fill the gospel accounts of His life. He is the perfect portrayal of how the Father acts and feels. In his verse I feel like he puts a bit of responsibility on us to seek more of Him and to search for answers. I really feel a challenge from Jesus in this verse questioning how far I am willing to go and ho hungry I really am.

God is not looking for a large group of passive people with lukewarm hearts. He is looking for people that are filled with passion that are burning with desire. He challenges us to live our lives in a way that we will ask, seek and knock. This verse doesn’t sound like he wants us to just sit and wait for something new to happen but more like he wants us to run after him and pursue him with reckless abandonment.

If we are not willing to ask we may not ever receive. If we aren’t willing to go looking around then we may not ever find anything new. If we aren’t in a place that we can come with humility to knock at His door we may miss out on all that he has for us just behind the door. He is calling us to a life of searching and a life that is filled with desire for more of Him.

1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” This is such a profound verse when we begin a life of searching and asking for the greater things of the Kingdom of God. It is only when we first allow him to give us a taste of His love that we begin to crave more. We need to know that there is something behind that door that is worth pounding on it for. He let’s us taste and see that He is good so that we will live a life of pursuit in the deeper things. Let us live our lives always asking, always seeking and always knocking at the door.

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Be ready to die

“If I were pledging men and women to the Gospel of the Son of God.., it would not be to have a nice church and harmonious surroundings… I would invite them to be ready to die. That was the spirit of early Methodism. John Wesley established a heroic call. He demanded every preacher to be “ready to pray, ready to preach, ready to die.” That is always the spirit of Christianity. When any other spirit comes into the Church, it is not the spirit of Christianity. It is a foreign spirit. It is a sissified substitute.” – John G. Lake

I have been reading a book containing the works from John G. Lake this summer and also a book called Radical by David Platt. In both books they talk about the blood of the martyrs and the importance of a Christian movement being marked by a spirit of martyrdom and a willingness to die for the sake of the cross.

John G. Lake went to South Africa with a small team and within a few years raised up over 1250 leaders and 350 churches. They saw multitudes of people healed and saved all over South Africa. This great move of God did not come at a small price. He talks about in the first few year he buried 12 preachers and 16 wives and children. Read that prior sentence one more time…

While reading David Platt’s book he talks about how he left our western culture of great big, fancy churches full of beautifully organized programs and all the comforts and went to China. He talks about meeting with a group of pastors who wept for hours over their church members being persecuted, killed and persuaded into joining cults that were torturing them. He noticed how people gathered in the most dire and uncomfortable situations to read the Word of God and pray together. The story he told of the churches he encountered in China really shocked me. This is something that I read about in the New Testament but am so unfamiliar with in our culture.

I know that most of the time I am unwilling to give up my sleep, my food, my comfort, my money and my precious time for the cause of Christ. What makes me think I would really be willing to die. What if God is asking me, and you, to live a life of great risk and sacrifice? What if Jesus is calling us to a life of total surrender? 

I believe that if the Body of Christ in America captured the heart and passion that filled the martyrs mentioned by John G. Lake, the early church, those who joined John Wesley, and those that David Platt encountered in China, that we would witness the greatest cultural renaissance and re-awakening ever seen on earth. I feel like God is calling me to a life that is willing to really surrender everything and not just have a willingness to do it figuratively.

I want to live a life that is no longer fearful of people maybe judging me or hating me for the cause of Christ but that not only am I willing to accept persecution but also death. 

What about you?

What He’s given us

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For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

 – 2 Timothy 1:7

I read this verse early this morning and it was such a great reminder that God brought to me. Its so good to be reminded of things you already have heard and to really sit and allow your heart to dwell on the simple truths of God. This one verse is so essential to walking in a victorious life through the Holy Spirit. When we realize that we don’t have to fear anymore, our life takes on a whole new perspective. He has given us power. He has given us his love. He has given us the ability to live disciplined and Holy lives. 

All of these things are only possible because of the Spirit that he gives to those who surrender their lives to him. Allow yourself to walk in this simple truth today and you will experience freedom and joy like never before. Our heavenly father has everything taken care of and promises ” that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

How can you apply this simple truth to your life today?