While writing my post “They limited the Holy One”, I realized, I have not heard the Ask, Seek and Knock, scriptures taught in the seven years I have been at this UMC.
Why? The same reason the miracles of Jesus aren’t being taught. These things are relegated to children’s church.
Along with the stories of Noah and Jonah, the Exodus. The miraculous, supernatural, unbelievable.
The things, as adults, we believe must be parables or stories, the could not possibly be true.
We are too intelligent to believe these Bible stories, really happened.
Why then, do we believe in Salvation? To me that is the most unbelievable story told.
Yet, I believe.
I also believe Noah, Jonah, Moses, Abraham and their stories are real and did happen.
Just as they are recorded. I must, and do, believe and act on the rest of His Word.
So let us look at these scriptures, we find them recorded in:
Matthew 7:7-11 and Luke 11:9-13
If you will take a moment to read both accounts, you will see how similar they are.
Two different writers, yet, almost identical.
Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall 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?
Luke 11:9-13 (KJV)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Luke adds an egg and serpent, and more importantly, the Holy Spirit, while Matthew, speaks of good things.
“Your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
“Your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Saints the Holy Spirit is a good thing, He was promised to those who believe. He was given on the Day of Pentecost.
Both Peter and Paul asked new believers, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?“
Saints if you are Saved, Ask, for the Baptism of Holy Spirit.
It is an additional Blessing, He is real, alive and desirous to lead, Guide, teach and comfort us.
To teach us truth. To bless us with all Spiritual Blessings in Christ Jesus. If only, we could believe.
Do you believe?
Will you believe?
Will you ask?
Notice, we may have to Seek and Knock for other desires. Somethings must be captured.
TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT? ONLY ASK!!!