This is just a little excerpt from a message I did at church a while back, I pray you will all be blessed by it.
In today’s society how do we as believers press forward and reach beyond any limitations or hindrances that inhibit us from progressing, pertaining and fulfilling our purpose?
I feel as though there are 3 tools that God has given us in order to reach forward and progress in these current times and that is to Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 for everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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!
Ask: to ask is to make a request of or for, Although God knows what we need before we ask Him, He usually won’t provide our needs until we ask because He wants relationship with us. So ask, and keep asking, until you feel a release in your spirit—and then thank Him until you see the promise manifest.
Seek: to try to locate or discover, It’s not always enough just to ask. More often than not, you also have to seek. In other words, add some works to your faith. If you’ve asked Him for a new job, seek a new job. If you’ve asked Him for healing, seek healing. Don’t sit back and wait for an angel to do all the work. As the bible says Faith without works is dead.
Knocking: (clearly not a physical thing) to strike with a hard blow or to affect in a specified way with a hard strike, If you seek, you will find. Once you see God’s promise in clear view, knock and keep on knocking until the promised door is open.
If you go to someone’s house and they are expecting you, when you knock on their door, you expect them to open. But if you’re like me, if they haven’t answered after a few seconds you begin to wonder what are they doing and again you’ll seek to find out where they are. So, once you’ve found what you’ve been asking for, once you see the breakthrough within reach, that’s when you start knocking…knocking signifies an urgency, it’s an impromptu act
Asking, seeking and knocking is some evidence of your faith, now you have the faith to believe you’re going to move in deed and action to gain those promises. Asking, seeking, and knocking requires action, it requires coming out of your comfort zone and doing things you are not comfortable with in order to make progress, we never truly know what we are capable of until we push ourselves beyond our comfort zone.
By using these 3 principles and the lord’s power in agreement he is enabling us to overcome any human obstacles. These principles work in combination with each other, the same way faith without works is dead is the same way asking, without seeking and knocking is ineffective.
Jesus often took himself away from the multitude and prayed by himself. Prayer and meditation will lift you to a higher place.Paul said he press towards the mark of a higher calling and encourages us not to become weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap what is ours. Don’t become weary in asking, in seeking, in knocking, in believing, in hoping and trusting in God.
I often say to the Lord, let me not be ashamed, father I believe in you, I believe in your word and your promises concerning my life, everyone around me knows that I believe and I’m hoping in you, I’m waiting on you so let me not be ashamed of that.
There is a time to pray once, hand it over to God, and trust Him to answer. But there is also a principle of persistent faith where you ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, and knock and keep on knocking until you receive the promise.
Often there are things that can inhibit us from asking, seeking, knocking and making progress in our lives.
Hebrews 6:1-3 This scripture speaks of leaving behind things you have already done, already mastered and moving onto new things, a moving forward in the right direction. There has to be progression in our lives, a moving towards a higher calling, a higher ground, and a higher level of ministry.
Looking at things from the wrong angle
Luke 5:4 The disciples would have given up, but maybe they were looking in the wrong area, from the wrong direction. Jesus showed up on time and pointed them in a different direction. He’ll direct us and get us to look at things from a different angle in order to reap what we have been seeking for.
Another thing that can inhibit us from making progress is our will.
Paul willed to do good, he willed to move forward but every time he did so, evil presented itself. Every time we make up in our mind to move forward, to make sacrifices, to go after the promises of God, the old ways of thinking and complacency presents itself.
When God called Samuel in the middle of the night, he had a will to answer; he moved on the word of the man of God and did what he told him to do. When God called again, ‘speak lord for your servant hears’ Samuel wanted to know, he wanted to move forward.
Bishop Tudor Bismark in one of his sermons spoke about the will to fight, but I also feel you need to have the will to answer and the will to move forward. No one is going to force you to make progress, you have to want it!
In the story of Hannah, after she poured out her heart to the Lord and Eli pronounced a blessing on her life, the bible goes on to say in the process of time, Hannah conceived and bare a son and called his name Samuel saying, because I have asked for him from the Lord. Many of us are currently sitting in that little snippet of scripture where we are waiting in the process of time. We’ve asked but we are having to go through the process before we can conceive and give birth to that which we so desperately seek.
I encourage you to just wait on the Lord, its God who opens the door not man and He will surely open at the appointed time!