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"Your Actions Should be Intentional!"
Matthew 7:7 7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Have you ever become complacent? For example, you are rather satisfied and uncritical with one's own achievements. Honestly, I'm not sure how that's possible these days in a time where TV dinners, no wait, that requires that you actually take some time for yourself and take the edge off the day while watching a TV show. Those days are gone. Say hello to late nights, continued work demands, Facebook, kid sport travels and events, fast food and the need for full blown time management! This is how my world revolves today! Even in the midst of the chaos, your actions as a Christian must become intentional and that is where your priorities either shine or become dull. First and foremost, we are to rely solely on the Lord and where He would direct us.
Do you know what a 'Chair Leader' is? LISTEN! You can't go swimming unless you are willing to get into the pool. It's impossible! God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the Called and because you are Called, you have tasks at hand that you (in your heart and of the Holy Spirit) must do, regardless how hectic things may be in your life. A Chair Leader leads from the chairs and unfortunately your voice or leadership may not be heard. In basketball, the players are on the court and the fans are in the chair (cheer leader). You and I are not called to be Chair Leaders but rather players who are in the game making things happen. You make things happen because you have intentional behaviors that you know will bring glory to God. In this awesome role you don't flinch, flounder or forfeit what God has called you to do. Be the PLAYER, commit and remember, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Apart from me, you can to nothing." John 15:5…..
~ Credit ~ http://www.gotquestions.org/ask-seek-knock.html
Matthew 7 is part of what is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount. It's a description of the truly righteous life, an outlining of "the law of Christ" (1 Corinthians 9:21, ESV). When Jesus says, "Ask and it will be given to you," continual prayer is in view (Matthew 7:7a). Prayer is how we communicate our needs and desires to God. Of course, God, being omniscient, knows what Christians need whether they ask or not, but prayer is the means God has chosen to bring about those answers (James 4:2b).
Jesus is not saying that believers always get what they ask for-wrong motives, for example, will hinder answers to prayer (James 4:3). However, the more time a Christian spends in communion with God, the more he or she will know what to ask for in accordance with God's will. Prayer, in and of itself, does not produce sanctification (an increasing holiness in a believer's life), but it does show a dependence on God for needs that can be met no other way. God is always pleased with such displays of faith. It is only faith in what God can do, and what Christ has done, that brings about true sanctification, not an artificial self-righteousness (Hebrews 11:6).
Jesus went on to say, "Seek, and you will find" (Matthew 7:7b). What is it believers ought to be seeking? It is God Himself! "You have said, 'Seek my face.' My heart says to you, 'Your face, Lord, do I seek'" (Psalm 27:8). "The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing" (Psalm 34:10). "Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!" (Psalm 105:4). "Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart" (Psalm 119:2). God is not hiding from His children. His heart's desire is for us to persistently and passionately look for Him all around us, and when we do, He promises He will be found (Proverbs 8:17). Seeking is a matter of paying attention with an engaged mind and acute awareness.
Earlier in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). Seeking God's kingdom and being intentional means putting God's plan before our own; seeking God's righteousness means setting a priority on personal holiness and desiring to be sanctified.
Jesus then said, "Knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7c). Here, the Lord uses a metaphor for the action a desire produces. If a person needs something from someone behind a door, the most natural thing to do is knock-and keep knocking until the door is opened and the desire is met (there again, intentionality). In the same way, a believer should pray in faith for God's provision and be persistent in prayer (see Luke 18:1).
Ask, seek, knock. Notice the three different senses being considered here. Asking is verbal; Christians are to use their mouths and petition God for their needs and desires. And believers are to seek with their minds-this is more than asking; it is a setting of priorities and a focusing of the heart. To knock involves physical movement, one in which the Christian takes action. Although asking and seeking are of great importance, they would be incomplete without knocking. The apostle John said Christians ought not to love in word alone but with actions also (1 John 3:18). In the same way, it's good to pray and seek God, but if one does not also act in ways that are pleasing to God, all is for naught. It's no accident that Jesus said believers should love God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27).
The commands are followed by promises: "Everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matthew 7:8). God delights in the prayer of faith, and He promises to give us what we need.
Credit ~ http://www.gotquestions.org/ask-seek-knock.html
Be intentional! YOU do it first!

In HIS service,
Franklin P. Johnston
RE HOPE Church – Raleigh

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