Mathew Seven-Seven People Part 2
(If His Son Ask)
Matthew 7:7-11 (King James Version) Pastor Ken Crow
7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11If 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?
This morning in this second message out of Mathew 7 we again look at the instruction of Jesus Christ himself directly to all who follow him.
In this message we are going to look closely at verses nine and ten.
There are two words that stand out here in both of these verses.
“If” and “ask” are very important in these scripture and are very important in our life as Christians .
Now we need to understand that as sons of our earthly or natural father we come under certain natural rights. I know and I think it is the norm that as a father that our two daughters can walk into our house over here and feel that they can be at ease to use just about anything that we own. See as children we inherit the benefits that have been obtained by our parents. Let me share a scripture here.
Romans 8:17 (King James Version)
17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
There are things that we just come under and obtain because we are who we are in our natural parents and there are things we come under and obtain because we are children of God.
1 John 3
1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
The name of this message is Mathew seven –seven people.
Mathew seven-seven people are people who ask God.
Mathew seven –seven people are people who seek God.
Mathew seven-seven people are people who knock on the door of God.
Before we can become a Mathew seven-seven person or even a Mathew seven-seven church we must come to realize in reality our standing in the eyes of God.
Why? Because until we fully realize that God thinks of us as children, his off spring we not only loose out on what is inherently ours but also we will not ask for those things that are in the asking category.
Now I have a wonderful dad. I am blessed to have a wonderful man named Carl Crow as my father. I can walk in over at his home and go to the fridge and get a cold drink or a sandwich or sit on his couch and absorb the heat or air for comfort. I can watch his television and turn on a light. My daughters Shenna and Destany can come over to my house and share the roof , the windows and the comforts without asking as I can with my dad. These things are inherently obtained. But if I go to dads and want his truck I am going to have to ask. If Jasmine wants a hundred bucks from grandpa she is more than likely going to have to ask.
Oh I may bless her sometimes just because I love her as my grandchild and sometimes God blesses us just because he loves us but if Jasmine is in need I desire that she comes to me and ask.
The word of God is full of scripture telling us to ask. A lot of times we just sit around thinking well one day God will feel so sorry for me that he will just drop upon me the things I am in need of.
Jeremiah 33:3 (King James Version)
3Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah was a great prophet of God but he was instructed here to call upon God or ask.
David throughout the span of his kingship was a man who not only called on God but was a man who was always asking God.
Jesus himself communicated with God the father and ask for God to do certain things.
We will never obtain anything spiritually major unless we become askers of God.
Elisha ask for the double portion. A lot of folks go around talking about the mantle of Elijah falling on Elisha but it never have would fallen if Elisha had not ask .
All through the Bible people who accomplished for God were askers. Peter ask to walk on the water. Paul continually ask God .
Let’s not forget that Jesus used the word “if” here in our opening scripture.
If is a little two letter word but it may well make the difference in receiving or not receiving.
Let me put it this way. Jesus is the son of God. Jesus died upon the cross. Jesus rose from the dead. The blood of Jesus washes away sin.
But the fact that Jesus done all these things does not help me if I fail to ask for him to come into my heart .The fact that Jesus is will benefit me if I make the decision to follow him and I can not do that without asking him to forgive my sins and become lord over my life.
Right now I want to go to a very familiar scripture.
Isaiah 53:5 (King James Version)
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jesus done all of the above so we can ask him for the things he paid for.
I want to get this next point in before I close.
Asking implies confidence in the one we are asking.
We will not go to one to ask if we like the scripture says if we ask bread will give us a stone or if we ask for a fish will give us a serpent.
We will seriously ask only those who we feel can provide the need.
One of my kids is not going to come to me and ask me for a million dollars.
Well at least not all at once.
If they are serious about a million dollars or even a new home or a new car they are going to go ask the bank.
We are not going to do that even unless we have hope or some confidence in the banker saying yes.
We are not going into the bank saying I just wish Mr. Banker you had enough money to loan me so I can buy that home. I know you probably won’t give it to someone like me anyway. Mr. Banker I am just not a good investment you would be better off giving it to someone else.
Of course we would not do that! But sadly sometimes that is the way we approach God.
We are able to ask God not because of us but because of Jesus.
Let us become Mathew seven-seven people. It will change our life.
Pastor Ken Crow