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Sunday, 8-01-2010 Sermon text: Matthew 7:7-11 [NIV] ... this sermon text recorded for us in Matthew's Gospel where we read from Chapter 7, beginning with Verse 7: "ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES; HE WHO SEEKS FINDS; AND TO HIM WHO KNOCKS, THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED. WHICH OF YOU, IF HIS SON ASKS FOR BREAD, WILL GIVE HIM A STONE? OR IF HE ASKS FOR A FISH, WILL GIVE HIM A SNAKE? IF YOU, THEN, THOUGH YOU ARE EVIL, KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO YOUR CHILDREN, HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM!" This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. Text taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1978, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: I used to think that, if I asked a question, people were going to think that I was stupid. Or that I was foolish. But I think a lot of people share that common thought in their lives. That if we don't know ... it's better for us to just live in our own ignorance, than to maybe ask the question to have someone think that we don't know the answer. So we have some convoluted thinking. Because the only way we're going to get to know things, is to ask questions. To be inquisitive of the world around us. To find out answers that we need to know. Asking is what we as people, really need to know how to do to be aware of and to take advantage of that. I mean there are even commercials on television that talk about how people will ask tons of questions about insigificant things. And then as they sit in a doctor's office, and he says to them: Do you have any questions? They remain silent. Sometimes, it is really clear in our lives that we don't receive information, we don't gain understanding, because we don't ask. And Jesus shared that same thought with His disciples hundreds of years ago when He said to them: Ask! I want you to ask your heavenly Father for the blessings that you need for your life. Ask and God our heavenly Father will answer you. He will answer you because you are His child through faith. God doesn't answer us or hear our prayers because we are so wonderful or we think that we have to be in a good place in our life spiritually in order to go to God so that He's going to hear us. God's ears are open to us because of what His Son did and our faith in the fact that we believe and trust that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Lord and Savior. That, we, in and of ourselves are sinful human beings that could do nothing to save ourselves. We could do nothing to gain God's worthy attention to make us His own. We were born as children of sin. We were born as the children of Satan. We were the enemies of God until by the grace of God ... and the power ... and the love of God ... He sent to us His Holy Spirit and His Word, to bring us to faith. To teach us, of the glories of His heaven and the extent of His love that He would take children of sin destined to be condemned. Children of Satan who wanted nothing to do with God. But to make them His own ... to live in His grace. To live in His love. To live in His Kingdom. To be with Him not just in this earth, protected by His care, but to be with Him in the eternal glory of heaven serving Him and praising Him and seeing how wonderful He is with our very own eyes. That our heavenly Father has brought us to faith and trust in what His Son does is that tremendous gift of God. That He loves us so much that He not only sent His Son to be our Savior; He sends the Holy Spirit to call us to be His own! To live with Him. To interact with Him. To be able to approach God in the holiness and blamelessness of Christ. To have that same access that we have with our own earthly parents. To run to Him when we're happy and overjoyed with what's going on in our life. To thank Him for those blessings that have come to us and created in us joy and made us happy and made us smile today. To thank Him for the children who bring us joy and the wonderful things that they've done. And just as we go to our parents when we're in need, and we need and desire help, we run to our heavenly Father in the same manner. To pray for those same children that are aggravating us to no end because of their behavior. To pray that God would come to them and strengthen them and keep them in the faith. That God would protect our loved ones and care for us ... because He sees us in our need. He sees us in our daily life. He is our heavenly Father who loves us. And our Savior reminds us today that we're to go to Him and ask. Yes! He knows exactly what we need even before we could think of it! But He encourages us to come to him: Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. That God hears us ... It's such a wonderful blessing! But it's not some kind of magic door that we're supposed to knock on and that when we open it up, all of our heart's desires are there. It is what is there to keep us in the faith. To strengthen us because our God knows what's in the future for us. Our God wants us kept in His eternal care. And just like anyone who is a parent understands what their children needs ... Jesus puts it simply: If your child comes to you and asks for bread, who of you is gonna give him a stone? If your child comes to you and wants a fish, who of you is gonna give him a snake? You know how to treat your children. You know what your children need. When your 12-year-old comes and says to you: Dad, I need a car. You're gonna say: No! And as a parent, you understand why that is. It's for their own safety and the safety of others. When your daughter runs up to you and says: Mom, I wanna wear this 8-inch skirt today because everybody who's 13, is now. And you say ... Nooo! You understand the reasoning behind that. Jesus taught us that because the same thing is true about our heavenly Father. Because sometimes we come to God not knowing what's ahead for us. And thinking there is one thing that's the only thing that we need. It's the only thing that's going to make us happy and God looks us right in the face and says: No! And we come back and understand that He loves us so much He is not going to give us something that is detrimental. And it's going to hurt our faith. The other thing is, sometimes He says: Not now! Look at our example of Hannah in the Old Testament Lesson for today. How many times must she have gone to her heavenly Father praying that she would have a child! Praying that God would bless her with an heir! But when the time was right, God granted her that request. But in the meantime, she kept coming to God ... with her prayers and with her concerns. And pouring out her soul to Him. We're reminded that sometimes God answers our prayers with such a resounding YES ... it astounds us. And then we hear those words of Paul, in our Epistle Lesson where he said to the Philippians: Present your requests to God with thanksgiving. With rejoicing. Returning to Him for the blessings that He has poured out upon you. The blessings that He gives to each of us as His children as we live in this world. We're reminded today that God is waiting in His heaven ... to bless us! To bless us with the things that we NEED to keep us in the faith. Blessings of gentleness, as Paul encouraged the Philippians to be: To let their gentleness be shown to all. To let our light in Christ shine forth. To direct others to our heavenly Father so that they, too, may know His blessings and His love. Now is not the time for us to be silent. Not in worship and not in prayer. But today is the day ... to ask, to seek, to knock, to know that God will hear us. He will answer us. He will give to us. He will open the door to us. And supply us with everything we need to keep our bodies and souls safe in Him until He calls us to be with Him for all eternity. So start talking. Start asking. Go to our heavenly Father and He will hear and answer your requests. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God, which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives, in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 13 minutes and 18 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Aug 5, 2010

In this CAPTIONED sermon, based on Matthew 7:7-11, it's brought to our attention that God is ALWAYS "on call" for His children. He is waiting to hear from us and He answers each of our prayers. To contact Pastor Dave: www.ziontorrance.info

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