Then What’s Next To Do ??????

10 Jun

Everyone Who Asks Receives . . . —Luke 11:10

There is nothing more difficult than asking. We will have yearnings and desires for certain things, and even suffer as a result of their going unfulfilled, but not until we are at the limit of desperation will we ask. It is the sense of not being spiritually real that causes us to ask. Have you ever asked out of the depths of your total insufficiency and poverty? “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God . . . ” (James 1:5), but be sure that you do lack wisdom before you ask. You cannot bring yourself to the point of spiritual reality anytime you choose. The best thing to do, once you realize you are not spiritually real, is to ask God for the Holy Spirit, basing your request on the promise of Jesus Christ (see Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the one who makes everything that Jesus did for you real in your life.

“Everyone who asks receives . . . .” This does not mean that you will not get if you do not ask, but it means that until you come to the point of asking, you will not receive from God (Matthew 5:45). To be able to receive means that you have to come into the relationship of a child of God, and then you comprehend and appreciate mentally, morally, and with spiritual understanding, that these things come from God.

“If any of you lacks wisdom . . . .” If you realize that you are lacking, it is because you have come in contact with spiritual reality— do not put the blinders of reason on again. The word ask actually means “beg.” Some people are poor enough to be interested in their poverty, and some of us are poor enough spiritually to show our interest. Yet we will never receive if we ask with a certain result in mind, because we are asking out of our lust, not out of our poverty. A pauper does not ask out of any reason other than the completely hopeless and painful condition of his poverty. He is not ashamed to beg— blessed are the paupers in spirit (Matthew 5:3).

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest


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6 responses to “Then What’s Next To Do ??????

  1. Shawny Lou

    June 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Loved this read! Love the line, “The best thing to do, once you realize you are not spiritually real, is to ask God for the Holy Spirit.”

    We often fail to realize that we can ask for the Holy Spirit, just like we can ask for the Lord’s help if we’re feeling sucked into “this world” and not walking as we should in Christ’s world. Our earnest request have the power to fill us with The Spirit. They have ability to redirect our minds, desires, and actions, too. Too often, think we have to do these things on our own.

    When I read the first part, about how we tend to wait until we’re in the depths of our problem before asking, it got me to thinking … the times in my life (there are plenty) when I’ve done that, it seems that His answer takes much longer to be received than when I’ve been asking for something from the start (not waiting for desperation or pain to hit first).

    Our God is amazing and His promise to answer our prayers is unwavering. This post was an excellent reminder of that.

    Bless you, Levi, and your readers.
    (Sorry for the long comment. Wish we could all just sit and chat … this topic would lead to hours of great conversation.)


    • Levi Thetford

      June 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Don’t worry about the length. Amen to what you said and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have all interested to discuss some of what we are blessed with each day. Have a great day!!!

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  2. sporterhall

    June 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    This is a wonderfully sobering post Levi. What a great way to start my day by reading such truths! Hope you are off to a good start today and that the end of your day is even better! Sending many blessings your way!


    • Levi Thetford

      June 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Sylvia. I’m doing fine today and hope you’re “back to normal” pacing yourself. When I’m gone I don’t usually sleep as well and then when I get home it’s catch-up. Can’t win for losin. Lol. Have a wonderful one!!!


      • sporterhall

        June 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        You are so right about the sleep. I guess the excitement got hold of me while in those beautiful surroundings. I was exhausted when I returned home! I need at least a couple of days just to recover from the hoopla! Hope you’re having a good day!



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