Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Does the Word mean what it says? How can I believe that?

7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then,being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 
Coming back to the topic of - does the Word really mean what it says? The verse above gives many folks a canker sore. In reality, I believe it's a matter of what kind of theology you've been taught - and believe. First off - I had to come to grips with the question to myself: "Am I a Bible believing Christian? Or a Bible-teaching believing Christian?"
I've begun to transition to believing the Word and start receiving the promises of what God the Father promises to me, rather than what my old religion taught me.
Once I started believing the Word at face value (in context, of course), then when the Word didn't line up with my personal experience, what was I going to do? Believe the Word or believe my experience?
I MUST filter my experience through the Word, rather than filter the Word through my experiences. 
So - does God the Father REALLY give good gifts to his children? Is He a better father than me? If I would never give my daughter a snake when she asks for a fish, then why would I think God would not do the same. 
Let's bring it down to what we hear in Sunday School. God allowed me to get sick so I could learn some important lessons.
Oooo -- a little too close to home, isn't it? "But! If I pray and plead to God to heal me and I don't get healed, then the sickness MUST be from God for Him to teach me something...right?"
What does the verse say - 11If you then,being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 

What does the Word say? Is the Word the problem? Is God the problem? Or is there something that might be blocking the showers of blessings? Think about it and post below.

Until next time...