The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:7:7 @ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;

kjv@Matthew:7:8 @ For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

kjv@Matthew:7:9 @ Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

kjv@Matthew:7:10 @ Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

kjv@Matthew:7:11 @ If 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?

kjv@Matthew:7:12 @ Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Today's notes: How Much More


Note: Well finally something that all men of many faiths and persuasions can similarly conclude and agree upon; right? Papa God... whatever we ask! No matter what we do or why we are doing it or what HE'd rather have us do! Great, but wasn't the context our righteousness as opposed to HIS? Us with Christ having difficulty keeping the lesser form out of the way of the greater? They without Christ being unable to ascertain any difference to begin with? What then do we "you" "disciple" need to be asking for that God is not going to refuse giving "you" if you are truly seeking HIS and only HIS righteous judgments? Asking for the true revelation of HIS righteous judgment that we are to operate by in our every situation!

What is man believing/doing?:

The candy store is open wide; I guess. It has been open long before Jesus if that's the case; Jesus isn't revealing anything new only what we've always wanted. It is no wonder that the God of the New Testament is so much nicer than the God of the Old. And it wouldn't have taken Jesus dying on His cross to reveal it either. Do you find it odd how that whole majority interpretation works out? Convenient shall we say?

Let's put it another way: what is the best thing God could give to us? An escape from our previously inescapable manufactured image of Him. What is the serpent/stone that HE could give us? More of the same manufactured image that we already inescapably have. What father would give a son more of a manufactured image when he is sincerely seeking/asking the Father for the real image? There is not a father that would do this kind of evil; not a good father like our God.

The key point might be the last point made in this passage, what we would want others to do to us do to them. We would again refer to the "you" as the disciple seeking to operate in the revealed righteousness of God rather than their own. You would want men to operate in that mode as well toward you. The likelihood is that they will not, but you operate in that just the same as if they had. As it relates to the prayer, you have asked, you have received, now it is time to operate in it no matter what situation is presented by the others. Operate in it from the outset unselfishly and consistently and more and more that revelation will make itself known to you and perhaps others.

What is it that we should say man then is doing? He is bypassing the revelation knowledge from God and resorting to his own. Then to add insult going back to God in prayer seeking confirmation that they are right and asking for further blessing. Add to this now it is negatively effecting their action/inaction towards others.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

An aversion to God's proper image and God's eagerness to reveal it as it needs to be revealed to get mankind past this self induced enmity. How do I get that out of this passage? It is shown in man not asking, man not seeking, man not knocking, taking his prayers another self driven direction, the Adamic perception that God is holding something back or doesn't want us to be all that we think ourselves to be, the summation that God answers prayer in slighted ways, the notion that we treat or children better than God treats HIS. Jesus would not have to bring these better things up if our own righteousness hadn't heavily influenced us in these other ways.

The aversion pointed to is further amplified by the feedback of it's very own symptoms found in the adjacent sermon context. Corruptions in our measure of justice and judgment, preoccupations and anxieties regarding our immediate and future needs and the service thereof, corruptions in our sense of balance and equity, propensities of treasuring temporal things, personal public image and self promotion, blindness to kingdom/righteousness/temptations, religious corruptions such as alms and fasting, etc... shall we go back to lusts angers and the manufactured righteousness of highly devout men on the mark for heaven. These many things are the result of one thing and at the same time feed back into the whole to strengthen and magnify the mass. Some of the old testament prophets called the condition men being encased in their own fat.


Does God answer unrighteous petitions?

kjv@Matthew:21:24 (the chief priests and elder ask question, but Jesus makes His answer conditional on their answering Him His).

kjv@John:15:7 if ye abide in Me and my words abide in you

kjv@Luke:6:38 give and it shall be given

kjv@Matthew:12:39 adulterous generation sign sought not given

kjv@Matthew:13:11 mysteries of heaven to them not given

kjv@Matthew:13:12 from those that hath not taken away

kjv@Matthew:19:11 not all men cannot receive but to whom it is given

kjv@Matthew:21:4 kingdom of God taken from and given to those bearing fruits thereof

kjv@Mark:4:24 unto you who hear more shall be given

kjv@Matthew:10:41 receiving a prophet receives a prophets reward

kjv@Matthew:12:35 good evil things brought from treasure of heart

How did the Apostle Peter understand this in context? kjv@2Peter:1

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Man often invents an image of God that is unsustainable and asks of it to provide for all his needs. What are the chances of him receiving any of that?
  2. Many intend to go about finding their answers by their own means regardless, all that they are really asking is for God to bless their own way.
  3. Many see God strictly as a force that can be directed wherever they themselves see fit (they are the god, he is their empowerment)
  4. "Whatsoever ye ask" if it has no base in His righteousness, if it works against His word or the establishment of His work upon us individually and as a body, if it is to prolong a situation that one should not have been in to begin with, then "whatsoever" is a serpent. What child would ask of his father a serpent knowing the danger to everyone else in the house?
  5. Christian and non-Christian alike are willing to quote this passage with the same understanding/intent; which should alert us to the possibility that they both have the meaning wrong.

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