Asking

Asking

“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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Jesus Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, Search, and Knock; God never turns away a sincere seeker.

In Second Kings the fifth chapter we have the wonderful story of Naaman being healed. Naaman was a great general and a very important man. In his country people moved out of his way when he walked by, the people honored him and gave privilege to him. I am sure that he fully expected the man of God to greet him with the custom of his rank. But

Elisha did not even come to the door to greet him. He sent a servant to open the door and to tell Naaman what to do.  Now you can tell that the great General was not pleased at his greeting by Elisha or the instructions he was given. He was not use to such common treatment and he had his rank overlooked and his feelings hurt by Elisha. In fact he just got mad and started home.  He did not like the answer.  But God had sent a servant along with him to convinced him, since he had come this far and since he had received an answer, why not give it a try? You know of course that he did so and received complete healing.  I believe if Naaman had returned home without obeying he would have died of leprosy.  Maybe we die to our prayers because we don’t like the answers.

Ivan

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Published in: on August 20, 2017 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Doer

A Doer

But be doers of the word and not hearers only. James 1:22

All of us know that what we do speak is louder than what we say. James is very strong in his belief that people see much more than they hear. He makes it very clear that while we are saved by the grace of God through Faith in His Son that it is very hard for people to see grace and faith in others without it having some physical manifestation.

I think James also has a very strong feeling that having received the Grace of God it should change our lives. We should be different enough that others could see that difference.

He points out, through the leadership of the Holy Spirit that it is difficult for people to be moved by our faith when that faith has not changed us from the world.

One of the great sins of the church in today’s world is that we have not challenged our people to be different, not strange different, but good, kind, and loving different. Too often the church in its difference is just mean and judgmental or desiring to blend into the world that nothing of spiritual value and commitment shows.

Let’s put our faith to work allowing others through our actions to see that we are not a hopeless people but rather a people of assurance and hope.

Not a people who hate but a people who love and cherish others, not their actions or their sins but them.

Ivan

Published in: on August 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Where Are the Stones

Where Are the Stones

She had hated her life, she could not remember the last time she had a positive thought about herself, it had been a long, long time ago, if ever. But this moment, this event was the worst. Being dragged through the street like some kind of animal by this group of men was more than she could take; it was the very bottom of her life. She knew a number of them and she knew that they had been as guilty as she had but here they were making sure that everyone knew of her sin, and everyone would watch as she was punished. She had been set up, of that she was sure, the men came in just as she and her ‘companion’ were in the middle of their fleshly lust. But it would mean nothing to these men nor those standing watching her being shouted at, spit upon, and cursed to try and make her case, after all she was guilty, not the first time but many times.

They threw her bruised and naked body in front of a man, a man whom she had never seen and asked him to be her judge.

She could see him looking at her then searching with his eyes each of the men screaming for her punishment, her stoning. He stooped and wrote something in the dusty ground, they continued to shout at him to have her stoned, he looked up and said, “Here is a plan, Let the one without sin cast the first stone at her.” The he continued to write in the dust. She could see the men one by one slipping away, she felt no thrown stone. The stranger covered her with his robe, asked where those who had accused her were and then told her to go a stop her sinning. In all of her sin, in all of her shame, she had met the Master and He had forgiven her. Life for her started over, brand new, no stain, no sin, she had met the Master.

Ivan (Story from John chapter 8)

Published in: on August 6, 2017 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment