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THE SEEKER + HIS SAVIOR

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We talked about what judgement means
We talked about what it does to the Church internally and externally
We concluded that as a church we need to change the game up a little bit
We need to stop proving to the world that church is a courtroom
And we need to start promoting it as a Venue of Forgiveness.
How we do that can be best displayed in how we forgive others
How we live out what has been lived in by the Gospel
If you were not here, want to hear it, or see it
It is up on iTunes, Youtube, or our Website.
We are going to look at an important part of the Christian Journey
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Something that should
A facet of Christianity that we should actively be participating in
Something that should create a curiosity about what God is up to.
Something that should help us take our Worry and turn it into Wonder.
I firmly believe that there is so much left to discover in our lives
So much about ourselves
So much about the church
So much about what God wants to accomplish through us
As much as we should want to discover that
I feel like we lack a desire to see those things happen
Maybe we don’t feel able or called
Maybe we don’t know how to participate in the Mission of God
Maybe we don’t see it yet
Or maybe we just haven’t asked yet
Maybe we truly want to discover more of God
But we dont know how.
Maybe we want just enough of Jesus to
Maybe we want to see God work
Im sorry, but you are at the wrong church.
Maybe
But we are too busy seeking other things
Maybe we want to grow in our Faith
But we are afraid to ask for opportunities to grow
Maybe we need courage.

7 “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. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

7 “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.

As we continue in the Sermon on the Mount
We see that Jesus is starting to get really specific about what the future citizens of Heaven would look like
He has already talked to us about so much
As he looks out at the crowd of Unbelievers, Skeptics, and Gentiles
He already spoke to us about certain things that should and should not exist.
He doesn’t want them to worry
He doesn’t want them to be judgmental
And now, He wants us to be a seeking people
He is desiring us to be an Asking People Group
He wants us to be a people looking for Opportunities to knock on
Jesus says
In doing these things
You will find out how good God is
How many of us know that God is good?
How many of us can testify of how Good God is?
We always say God is Good
How many of us want to know that in more detail?
How many of us want to discover How Good God is?
In fact it is easy to say God is Good when you are on the positiive end of blessing
How many of us want to discover How Good God is?
Jesus encourages those listening
To practice some very practical things
Practices that point to our humility, our insufficiency, and our curiosity
Seek, and you will find
Ask, Seek, and Knock
Knock, and it will be opened to you
So how are these things lived out?
So how are these things lived out?
Asking
It is used in the New Testament in various ways
In it is used as a pleading for benevolence
In it is used in demanding Pontius Pilate to crucify Jesus
In it is used to request Barrabas instead of Jesus
In it is used in demanding Pontius Pilate to crucify Jesus
In it is used to beg for something that one was in need of
One could say that in these examples lie some very hard truths about the use of this word
These tell a deeper story:
These tell a deeper story:
This Greek Word tells of
Our Insufficiency
When we ask someone to fulfill our fleshly desires, it proclaims our sinfulness
It tells the nature of the heart when we ask for something that will satisfy the flesh
Our selfish demands
When we demand Justice instead of Mercy, it speaks to our judgmental state
What our flesh desires
The state of our heart
It also reveals the motives of the heart when we declare our need
This word AITEO,
More frequently, it Is used in the new testament in the form of a request
It is positioning the audience in a state of humility
It is putting us in a place of desiring something that we in-and-of ourselves cannot provide.
If our hearts are in the right place
If we are asking in humility
If we are requesting a move of God
We may or may not get the exact thing we are asking for
But we will get our deepest needs met
We may not understand it
We may not be comfortable with it
We may not agree with it
But it is something that God has allowed to further our growth as his child.
For Example
We can have questions like:
“God, I don’t know why you put me in this situation”
“Why did the lady have to hit my parked car”
“Why are you kicking us when we are down”
“God, how are you going to provide for us?”
These are true and valid questions
These are true and valid questions
Questions that I’ve wanted to ask, but which I don’t have the courage to ask.
Questions that we have the right to ask, but maybe they aren’t the right questions to ask.
Instead, of asking the wrong questions, I went back to two weeks ago and I began to live in the Wonder of how He would provide.
I found myself desiring prayer
I found myself in a state of humility
Knowing that I could not provide what He supernaturally wanted to give.
The first night, we got a $200 gift venmo’d to us by someone who I haven’t talked to in a while.
Thursday, someone gave us a cash gift.
This upcoming week I don’t know how God is going to provide.
But I found myself praying in a way that I’ve never prayed before
“God, just give us this day our DAILY bread”
Just enough for today Lord.
For tomorrow has its cares of its own.
This Growth that God has sovereignly put together is an answer to my prayer to grow
This is the adventure we are in as a family
This is an area where He wants me to trust Him in
“God is going to bless you incredibly”
This is an example of how my prayer was answered with something that I did not desire.
“You just wait and see man”
So here we go.
Though this may be true
All I desire right now, is to be faithful with what He has given us
If I am going to receive some crazy blessings from God, I need to make sure my heart is correct and it stays correct.
If God, wants to bless, thats His Business.
God is in the business of growing our trust and faith in Him
If this is His desire
Sometimes it comes unexpectedly
If this is His Will for our lives
If he promises to give us what we ask in His name
Sometimes it comes at the worst times
Why wouldn’t we ask for it?
But it never comes at the expense of the truth that He is Good
Why wouldn’t we desire it?
Why wouldn’t we seek after it?
It is used in the NT in various ways
In the Angel of the Lord explained how Herod wanted to search for Jesus in order to kill Him.
Jesus in asks the skeptic who was searching out the things He prophecied about his resurrection.
It speaks to searching things out with expedience and curiosity
What did Herod do when he sought after Jesus?
He didn’t just do it himself
He sent hundreds if not thousands of men to seek after this child named Jesus
It was something that he put all his effort into to
Every time Jesus said something that was counter-culture
Many sought out what he meant with earnest hearts
Though they may have doubted
Jesus knew that doubt was the fertile ground where Faith could grow
In this text, Jesus encourages us to seek with a promise that we would find
Remember a few weeks ago
When he stated in that we should be actively and primarily seeking after the Kingdom of God
Jesus reassures those in the crowd that were actively seeking and possibly doubting
So today, we can look at the Word of God and lean on this promise
If you are truly seeking the things of God
God will respond . . . You will find
This is such a rad promise for those who are truly Seekers
That God would meet someone where they are at
That God would respond to their searching
That God would act upon their desire to know Him
There is so much hope here, both for the Christian and the Seeker
Both the Skeptic and the one who is Curious
You want to know what is rad about truly seeking after the things of God
Your Curiosity & Your desire to truly find
Your desire to truly find
Creates a child like courage that results in knocking on every door in order to find what you are looking for.
This action is spoken of 9 times in the Bible
4 times it is used to explain this passage by Matthew & Luke
Twice it is used by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke
Where Jesus is speaking in parables to the people
Explaining how to prepare for the Kingdom of Heaven
Twice it is used by Peter in the Book of Acts
Once, it is used by Jesus himself in the Book of Revelation

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Knocking on doors is probably the most adventurous thing you can ever do
Walking up to a door that may hold your future is so fascinating to me
It sparks a curiosity that sparks my imagination
It begins to look at your life with endless possibilities
But before you begin to knock, you need to stand up and walk
You cant knock on doors from the comfort of your couch
You can dream from your couch
You can ponder from your couch
You can brainstorm from your couch
You can ask from your couch
You can even seek from your couch
But in order to see if this is God’s will
You must get up and knock.

9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

We don’t ask, seek, and knock because
I firmly believe that we struggle with these commnands.
I firmly believe that we really don’t believe that God has promised us something here
I believe that we know what the word says, but we lack the courage to actually find out what it means.
Think about it
As parents
As aunties and uncles
As a family
How many of us, if one of our kids where to ask for bread, would give them a rock?
Or if they ask for fish, would give him a snake?
We, as imperfect evil humans, don’t respond to a need with the wrong resources
We find out what the need is
We ask questions
We get up in each others business
We ask the hard questions
We find out what the ultimate need is
This helps us respond to the need with good things
We respond with good gifts
We respond with things that we know will help the situation.
In like manner,
How much more will a God who is perfect respond to your need?
How much more will your Father do for you in your time of need?
How much more will your Heavenly Father respond to your petition with a display of His Goodness?
Paul had learned this early on in his ministry
He knew that his every need would be supplied abundantly in Christ
He knew that God would respond richly according to His nature

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Wouldn’t this cause us to respond in with asking, seeking, knocking?
Wouldn’t this drive us to action?
We need courage.
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