Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
I have seen so many devotionals on this verse, so many messages, but it comes into my life once again. This time I looked at the preceding section on judgement, and not judging others. I would have to say this is perfectly placed! Jesus tells us not to look at others before we look at ourselves (maybe this is why it is so much easier to receive feedback when we can tell the Holy Spirit has been convicting the other of THIER sins as well, not just YOURS! =) Then comes the verses about casting our pearls before swine, and not to do it! “lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces (vs. 6).”
Then we come upon ask, seek, knock. “whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.” Ask, seek, knock. Ask if there be any wicked way in you, seek his face, his will, his perfect infallible ways, and knock that it might be revealed and made known to you.
Jesus lays it all out perfectly. This verse applies for other situations, but primarily for the purpose of judging others. If we as followers of Christ are approaching the throne of grace before approaching anothers faults, many situations would turn out a bit differently. The door would then be opened for them as well, rather than closed off in hurt and anger. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (vs. 14).”
He doesn’t say this will be a 1-2-3 equation and it will turn out perfectly everytime! Sometimes other people will get offended no matter how long you spend in the word listening for God’s voice, BUT “you will know them by their fruits…” False prophets…I have omitted from my mind so many times other’s words of anger and false mercy and grace. But it applies! If they say their words before seeking the Holy Spirit, before knocking, they risk overturning the work God has begun inside your heart. Remember, a false prophet is one who leads astray, deceives, has the spirit of the evil one. They seek to kill, steal, and destroy…not build, encourage, and see you prosper. A selfish desire rather than an eternal, holy desire. Even if they have splurts of “encouragement”…if it is followed by utter destruction, beware! Remember, the Holy Spirit is sent to be our guide, comfort, our peace. He is the language and movement of Jesus. Jesus promises what the false prophet’s ending will be. “Every tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. THEREFORE, you will know them by their fruits (vs. 19-20).” Some trees take longer to bear fruit, use the Holy Spirit as a guide.
The last 2 sections of Matthew 7 apply to those that claim they knew Christ, even acted as though they followed Christ. He says if there was never a relationship he will declare to them ” I never knew you! Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!” (vs 23) This would be those who used the name of Jesus for their own benefits…but those who build their house on the rock will NOT be washed away when the storms come, when the false prophets spew their venom, when the end comes and they meet Jesus face to face. They will meet their final reward, rather than eternal separation.
Matthew 7. See the more I study the Word of God, the more I realize how much I can’t live without Him, and wonder how I did it so long without Him. My prayer for all you who are reading this today is that God will begin to work in your life in such a powerful way that you cannot ignore the calling any longer and begin to see Jesus as he really is, rather than the lies that the world has spewed about the God-head who came to save the world over 2000 years ago. You will hear the truth, and it shall set you free! John 8:32