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Thursday, July 11, 2013

God Provides; Its OK To Ask For Help

In summary of John 16:24 it says, "You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy."

Bottom Line:
Ask in His name and you will receive with joy

What this means to me:

As a follower of Jesus, I learn more each day as to what’s on his heart and this affects my desires to have the same kind of heart.  He gives me permission to ask using His name.  When I do (with the right motives) I will receive and my joy will be abundant.  I find an amazing, incredible and all-encompassing promise in Philippians 4:19 (NIV) regarding provision: "... God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."  The first two words are: "God will ." It doesn't say, "He might meet your needs," it says, "He will meet your needs." It's written as a fact; God is staking his character and his reputation on it.  Then it says, "God will meet all. ..." It doesn't say, "I'll meet some of your needs." It says all.  He won't give me everything I want, but he will give me what we need. In addition, with every promise, there is a premise; there are conditions and requirements. When God makes a promise, he says, "I'll do my part and you do your part."   So I can ask for his help - Jesus says, "Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy." (John 16:24 NLT)   So at times I think if God knows all my needs then why do I need to ask?  What I find is that it is so that he can give.  He wants to give so that I can receive.  He wants me to receive so that I’ll be full of joy.  He wants me to be full of joy so that it reflects his influence in my life, which ultimately provides a positive testimony about the love of God.