“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
This was the theme verse of our 39th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) that just concluded this past week. If you look at the text in the original language what you have is this: keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. The theme word for our GA was “Unstoppable”!
So the question is, are we unstoppable?
How often do we stop asking? Often when we ask and things either aren’t given in our time frame do we stop asking? We say, “God isn’t listening.” “God has forgotten me.” “Why keep on asking when nothing is happening. God isn’t going to answer my prayer anyway.” I know many reading this article have been there. Many may be there right this minute.
The truth is, God says, keep on asking. It is not up to you when or how God answers your request. The fact is, an answer will come. An answer will be given! God is true to His word. Be unstoppable in your asking. He is the one telling you to do it.
How often do we stop seeking? We often say, “What’s the use?” “I’m wasting my time.” “It’s not going to go my way anyway.”
Again, the truth is, God says, keep on seeking. Seek Me, seek My word, seek My truths, seek My ways and you will find. You will find all you need to walk with Me, live for Me, have eternal life with Me. He says, “Keep on seeking.”
And how often have we stopped knocking? We often say, “God has excluded me.” “I’m on the outside looking in.” “What’s the use? He is not going to open the door for someone like me.”
REALLY? What did you read that in scripture? When we keep on knocking sincerely, confessionally, truthfully, God opens the door. Unfortunately, we knock and God knows our hearts and minds and knows we don’t mean it. We aren’t truly knocking to come in and be redeemed/changed by Him. We want to keep a foot on each side of the door, thus we stop knocking.
Folks, be “Unstoppable”!!! Keep praying (asking)! Keep seeking all God has for you! Keep knocking knowing that we will sin against God even though redeemed and we need to have a repentant, confessing heart to maintain the righteous relationship He desires.
For those of you reading this that attend HOPE Church Raleigh, I want to invite you to join us for Sunday school on Sunday, June 30th at 11:15 AM as Elder Ted Lithgow and myself share highlights from the 39th General Assembly. Some of the highlights we want to share are the messages given by Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson and his wife Norine. There are other things that we also want to share that we experienced during this past week.
Please plan to join us.
Pastor Marty Duffell
HOPE Church Raleigh
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