Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ask; and You Will Receive

I have always taken great comfort in this passage taken from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount which we are in this week.

It is a Promise and a Gift to all of us who choose to believe and to accept it.

It never fails.

And most importantly it is given ONLY IF we Ask.

Stay Strong!  :)

"I tell you, therefore: do not fret about what to eat, or what to drink, to sustain your life, or about what to wear on your bodies.

Is not life more precious than food, and the body more precious than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow, or reap, or store up provisions in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more precious than they?

And which of you can by fretting add one minute to his span of life?

And as for clothing, why do you fret?

Observe the lilies of the field!

How they grow!

They do not toil or spin; and yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not dress like one of these.

Now if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is there today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more readily clothe you?"

Jesus shook his head from side to side, slowly.

"What little faith you have!"

"Therefore, have done with fretting, and do not constantly be asking: 'What are we going to eat?' or, 'What are we going to drink?' or, 'What are we going to wear?'

Why, the heathen make all these things an object of eager search; besides, your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

No, let your first concern be the kingdom of God and what he requires of you; then you will have all these things thrown in for good measure.

In short, have done with fretting about the morrow.

The morrow, surely, can do its own fretting.

One evil a day is burden enough."

"Ask, and you will receive;

Seek, and you will find;

Knock, and you will gain admission.

In fact, only he who asks receives; only he who seeks finds; only he who knocks will gain admission.

Really, will anyone among you give a stone to his son that asks him for bread? or a snake, when he asks for a fish?

Well, then, if you, bad as you are, choose to give useful gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give what is good to those that ask him!"

- Matthew 5:5

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.

He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!

Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil."
    - PSALM 37

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