“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
Need we go on?
There is so much more God could do through each of us but many of us don’t quite reach our potential. Maybe it is our fault; we set our own constraints. Maybe we think we cannot do as much as we can.
Maybe we can do so much more…
In Ephesians 3:20 it says “My grace in you can go far beyond the border you set up.”
Bevere says “Our boundaries—what we can contain—decide how much we will partake of the unlimited supply” .* More importantly, Bevere has written about each of us as holy containers; with this as our basic idea, it begs the question, how much can your holy container hold of God’s blessing? We must keep in mind that this ability to accept God’s blessing is dependent on our ability. We have the ability to accept His blessings but will we? Will we request the power from God that is available?
None of us can say we can accept God’s blessing based on our own merit. We all have that “sin thing” hanging over us. We all fall short of the glory of God. We have to have God’s help, God’s grace, and it is there for the taking. Romans 5:17 states “All who receive God’s abundant grace are freely put right with Him and will rule in life through Christ.” If we accept His grace, we are empowered to overcome any obstacle this world throws at us. Bevere states “Life on this earth is not to get the best of us; we are to rule over it.”
He cites several examples of opportunities to be empowered. In the medical field, [by God’s grace] you have the ability to discover new and innovative ways of treating sickness. As a web designer, your designs could be trend setting as others seek to emulate your work. As a public schoolteacher, your abilities can be expanded as you discover creative ways to impart knowledge. No matter your purpose here on earth, business person, musician, researcher, athlete, scientist, policeman, flight attendant, stay-at-home mom, military member or television personality, there is no reason for us to struggle in life. Through God’s grace, we can thrive.
Where do we get the idea that we have to have just enough to get by? As Christians, why do we subconsciously think we aren’t supposed to have too much?
I have written about it before but God has no problem with abundance. Maybe He figures if we have abundance we can do more to further His kingdom here on earth.
Here is what God has a problem with: abundance that possesses us. When we become obsessed with possessions, finances, and power we are making grievous errors. In Matthew when it says “To those who use well what they are given, they will have an abundance” does not mean that we should forget who we serve, our Lord and Master. If we have abundance it is not entirely for our own lives; it is for others and what we can do in the name of God.
Truly there is nothing wrong with asking and expecting to receive, knocking on the door and expecting it to be opened or even experiencing joy as we receive God’s blessings. As long as we remember this scripture: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”**
That says it all. Indeed we can be empowered but we have to ask and when we ask, we can expect that we will receive more than we deserve. As we receive, it is important to remember where our blessings come from, not from our own power, knowledge or skill…
But from God. Let our abundance reflect that.
*John Bevere Good or God?