Monday, September 19, 2011
Why won't God move that mountain for you?
God tells us many times that if we ask in His name it will be done, yet, many times we ask and nothing seems to happen. Why? I believe after much thought, prayer and pondering, God has enlightened me on that very question. I believe it is because we go to Him asking while ignoring what He has told us to do, "forgive so that you can be forgiven".11& 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. As you read John chapters 14,15,&16 you see Jesus telling us, through the pen of John, His favorite Apostle, that anything we ask in His name God will do for us.
John 14:12-14 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.
John 16:23&24 And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
So, you get on your knees, you go to the Lord in payer, you ask and yet you do not receive. Why? I have wondered this many times. I have gone to the Lord in prayer and asked Him, and now I think I have the answer. For the last few months I have been studying, praying about and pondering Forgiveness.
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Amen.14&15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:1-15 ACP/KJV
I have come to the conclusion that we receive not, not because we necessarily ask amiss, but because we have not forgiven those who have hurt us or sinned against us.
I want you to think about this: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Now think about it for a moment, if God has not forgiven you because you have not forgiven others, how can God answer your prayers? 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Think about it this way, we ask God to forgive our sins, and He in turn says to us, I will forgive you of your sins, if you will forgive others who have sinned against you.
When you come before God asking and not with a clean heart, do you think He jumps up and down looking to do your bidding for you? Do you think God is your personal golden retriever? He is not. He is your creator, He is God. You are a creation, but He loves you. He loves you so much that He has forgiven you and died for you. He shed His blood for you and you in turn are asked to forgive others. Look, you are not going to lose your salvation for not forgiving others, but don't expect God to go moving mountains for you when you ignore His command to forgive.
This very day I am going to search my heart for those who have done something against me that I have not forgiven. And then I am going to forgive them. I may not be able to do it without God's help, but I am going to forgive them. I am going to start with my earthly brother and sister.
for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, 'Remove hence to yonder place' and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20
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