Good day People of GOD 🙂
Today we will be looking at Matthew 7: 11, where JESUS says that GOD will give unto us good gifts if we ask HIM!
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 (NIV)!
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him (KJV)?
If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him (AMP).
What are the ‘good gifts’ referred to here? These include the things that matter more than fame or fortune. Divine health. Prosperity. Longevity. Joy. Happiness. Love. Friendship. Acceptance. Contentment. The things money cannot buy.
GOD gives good gifts to people. To HIS Children. But, only those who ask HIM! If you don’t ask, don’t expect to receive. You cannot wish anything into existence. Even worldly people know that you must work hard to get anything that’s worthwhile! Here, GOD simply requires you to ask HIM, in order to receive. A couple of things in this regard must be clarified.
- There is nothing you need GOD cannot give you. There is nothing good GOD cannot provide. All you need to do is ask in faith! Matthew 7: 7 says, ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (NIV).’ Moreover, GOD has promised to meet you at the point of you needs according to the Awesome Riches of HIS Glory in JESUS CHRIST (Philippians 4: 19).
- GOD truly wants you to have good things in life. HE desires your health and prosperity above everything else. In Jeremiah 29: 11, GOD says:For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV). In Matthew 7: 11, JESUS also says, ‘If you…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 (NIV)! Moreover, GOD wishes above all things that you be prosper even as your soul prospereth (3 John: 2)!
- EVERY GOOD THING IS FROM GOD. James 1: 17 says, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (NIV)’. You don’t even have to be Christian for this to apply to you. Worldly people prosper, yes, because GOD allows it! People talk about luck, but I know about Divine Favour! Not everybody who works hard and is good, makes it in life! There is an element of Divine Favour that works for people leading to their success, Christian or not. Of course, Divine Favour is from GOD because HE is very much involved in the affairs of men! The point: EVERY GOOD THING COMES FROM GOD, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT PRAY FOR IT, OR ASK FOR IT, OR YOU GOT IT FROM ‘NATURAL SOURCES’! Excuse me for the capital letters, but I really need to get the point across. Some people like to explain away their blessings, and they shouldn’t!
- GOD is waiting for you to ask, so that you can receive. If you are not seeing your needs met, it is not GOD’s fault. It is not that GOD does not have your blessing or solution ready; it is not that HE does not want to help you. But, you are not asking HIM for it! This is why it is important to study and meditate on the Word so that you know what you are entitled to in CHRIST. If you do not know what you are entitled to, you will not ask for it. There is a story that illustrates this point. A man enters a subway train for the first time. He is not aware that you could get free coffee on the train. He sees everyone else with coffee, but thinks they paid extra for it. So, he does not request his free coffee. Only after getting to his destination, does he ask someone else how much the coffee cost, and is told that it is for free!
James 4: 2 says that you do not have because you do not ask GOD. I had an experience that illustrates this point. My family and I have been believing GOD for something for many years now. But we have not gotten round to achieving this thing because it is very expensive and time consuming. It has been on our prayer list for almost six years! Essentially, life had been getting in the way. But I had stopped praying about it. One day, a thought came to me that GOD could make a way where there is no way, and that we could get this thing done within the next three months. I was wondering if GOD wants to do it, and the HOLY SPIRIT said that if I don’t ask HIM, why would I expect GOD to give me and my family that heart desire?
This thought hit me so hard like freezing cold water. I was like, but JESUS says GOD knows what we want before we even ask (Matthew 6: 8; Isaiah 65: 24). Yet, JESUS says in Matthew 7: 7, ‘ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open unto you’. So, if I just sit back and do nothing or do not pray, and expect that GOD would answer my heart desire, I could dream on. If you don’t ask, don’t expect to receive. If you don’t knock, don’t expect the door to open. If you don’t seek, don’t expect to find! It is not that GOD does not want to give you what you need; HE is waiting for you to ask!
Finally, GOD is an Awesome and Faithful GOD. HE loves you too much to let you suffer (John 3: 16). No father wants to raise spoilt and irresponsible children, and GOD is such a Father. GOD wants you to be mature enough to ask in faith so that you can receive. Moreover, your receiving good things from GOD is very connected to the state of your spiritual walk with GOD or your spiritual health. This is why John says:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John: 2 NIV).
Therefore, as your spiritual prosperity is the foundation of your physical and financial prosperity. Your spiritual health determines your physical and financial health!
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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