I Thessalonians 5:20, 21

Do not despise expounding of scripture, but scrutinize all things. Hold fast that which is right.

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

- I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.


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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 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? 12 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.”
Matthew 7:7-12

The word “ask” (G154 Greek - aiteō) has several meanings: to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire. A synonym is deomai – to want, desire, long for.

“Seek” (G2212 Greek – zētēo) carries the meaning to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning; to enquire into.

Knock (G2925 Greek – krouō) is to knock with determination. Like the lord who returned and knocked for entrance into his house. (Luke 12:36) Or Peter when he continued knocking at the gate. (Acts 12:16) Confidently knocking, expecting the door to be opened. Not timidly, ready to turn away if the door is not opened as soon as we would like.

This promise is for “everyone.” Everyone who desires, everyone who reasons, thinks, meditates upon his desire and everyone who knocks confidently expecting the door to be opened, receives his desire. “It will be opened.”

The thing desired must be worthwhile; bread, a fish, “good gifts,” “good things,” not a selfish asking.

Everyone, in order to receive, must keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking.

All too often, we give up to easily.

The woman – who the Lord called a “little dog” in Matthew 15 – had her desire for her daughter to be healed due to her persistence: she didn’t give up simply because the disciples didn’t help her, or the Lord answered her not a word, or when He called her a dog.

She had an answer: “Even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” For this answer, this saying, this logos, she had her daughter healed.

That woman was determined not to take no for an answer. She was persistent.

She desired a worthwhile thing; the evil spirit to be cast out of her daughter; she thought about how that could be done, she then went to the one who could solve her problem and reasoned with Him. She did not give up until she received her desire. She persevered.

She is an example of "everyone."

How much more will Yahshua give to us, his sons, if we would only desire, reason with Him as to why we should be given our desire and then keep knocking expecting to receive our request?

What is it you desire? Are you willing to meditate on your desires, think about how to achieve those desires, seek those desires and then knock until you receive them?

"You have not, because ye ask not."


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