“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
When is the last time you have asked Jesus for understanding? We have a tendency to seek Jesus for stuff, for healing, for provision, for relationship; however, we can also seek Him for understanding and knowledge. Ask and it will be given to you! If your don't understand something going on in your life, if you don't understand something in the scripture, SEEK Jesus. Ask Him to open your mind to understanding. You have to remember that Jesus works through His children so His answer may come in the form of a sermon, a devotional, Godly council, or many times a small still voice that empowers your understanding to highest levels. His word says seek and you will find. Pretty Sheree has in the past opened my eyes to my lack of effort in looking for something. Have you ever done that, just kind of walked around acting like you are looking for something, acting like you are seeking, but you know it ain't happening. You are just going through the motions. We can do some pretty ridiculous things when this is our mode of seeking. Like opening the refrigerator when you are looking for a pair of socks. Or opening the pantry door when you are trying to find your keys. When we lackidaisically approach our search we generally walk around lost. The same is true with our spiritual search. If we don't understand something in scripture, or in a message, and we just wander around aimlessly, emphatically stating we just don't understand, but we fail to diligently seek understanding, we walk around lost. We get caught up in a spiritual sticking point that leaves us hurting and confused. We generally will not stay there long. So many times we abandon ship and the opportunity to grow dissolves into the pit. I encourage you today if you are struggling with something, seek Jesus Christ and His answers. But don't just seek Him like laggardly, seek Him with your whole heart. Dogmatically go after the answers. When I was seeking clarity from the Lord on alcohol and the christian faith, it lead me to write a thirty page document with numerous scriptures and statistical data. The notes for this document was probably 100 pages. If you want to overcome doubts that you have, and experience the freedom of God truly showing you the way, the truth and the life, then you must dive in and seek him whole heartedly. What does this mean? It means get out your Bible, your pen and paper, your phone, computer, iPad, dictionaries, concordance, and any other resources and become an investigative reporter. But truly investigate, truly dive in and gain an understanding. I am amazed at how people in the middle of a message will Google something in doubt or disbelief and walk away from that little quick search like they should be on 20/20 or something. Neglecting the fact that the pastor or speaker has researched the info and has evaluated several resources and vetted the information, prayed over the information, and presented the material. If your mode of seeking is a thirty second google search, then receive your thirty second answer and good luck. However, if you are looking for deep spiritual strength and understanding STUDY to show yourself approved. SEEK Jesus and the answers you desire with your whole heart. Always examine your motives and be pure of heart and open to the truth. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and let Him teach you and show you who He is intimately. In the words of Mitchell Dean, if you want find the answers to your current doubts and/or struggles, then put down the rake and stop just scratching the surface and pick up a shovel and truly dig for your answers. I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead, guide and direct you through your journey.I pray that your journey will begin today.
I am very excited about this series and I hope you all will join me each day for the daily lessons that will be presented. I will use this blog to teach a lesson each day from the movie. This will jump start the blog and then I will continue to use it for daily teachings and discipleship. I hope you all will read, view, write and participate in the blog each day. May the Lord Jesus Bless you through each study and may you grow more intimate with Jesus and deeper in your walk with Him. A Case for Christ is definitely about one finding the truth of Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Savior, but I believe if we look at it more intently it will also provide food to the surrendered soul. Especially when we find ourselves in moments of doubt. Doubting is not always confined to your belief in the existence of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, many times doubt reveals it self to you and i in that we doubt whether Jesus will heal, provide, save our loved one, and the list goes on and on. The truth is we must combat our disbelief with genuine seeking of Jesus Christ through His Word, and pray for help with our unbelief. Before we do that we must get real with ourselves and admit that sometimes we doubt. You see when we act as if there is no doubt, but in realty we are full of doubt, we have a tendency to ask for help with the wrong things. We ask for physical healing when we need spiritual healing. We ask for strength, when we need surrender. We ask to be fixed when first we must be broken. Read the following passage.
Mark 9:14-2914 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
I want you to focus on one thing today the father cried out, help me with my unbelief. Today write down all the areas of your life where you have doubt and then begin to pray that Jesus will help you with every area of doubt and unbelief. Pray diligently! Answers are awaiting!