“If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
John 15:7

 

Many people love this Bible Verse including me. But what does Jesus really mean here? We know He is not a God who gives us everything we “want” but He gives us what we need.

The Bible also states, “you have not, because you ask not.” — James 4:2.

When we study John 15:7, we need to examine the first portion of the verse. As Christians, we are to “remain in Christ” and let His words remain in us. So how do we do that? Naturally we must “abide” in Christ, which means daily going to Jesus to be fed by His Word, Scripture, The Bible, and also daily communion with Jesus in prayer, and also in thanksgiving or worship.

Many want blessings, but are not interested in the commitment to living for Jesus.

As we abide in Christ, allow His Words to flood our souls daily, it is amazing how “what we ask” will honour and glorify God more.

Our selfish desires grow less and our God honouring goals flourish. God puts the desires in our hearts to please Him. Our motives become aligned with what God wants for our lives. I encourage people who are searching all the time that God wants to give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). Individuals miss the first part of that verse too often. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” And then I will expound upon what “delighting in the LORD” is.

To delight ourselves in God is to live for Him, to seek Him with all our hearts, souls, and mind, and strength. This means we seek Him and find Him and never stop searching for Him. Christ becomes the first order of our day. It is finding joy in our daily devotions and praise of Christ our LORD. As we make our Lord Jesus our first love, the desires in our hearts change. Our goal becomes a desire to glorify Him with our lives; we want to give to the Kingdom of God, and never, ever stop giving. We ask and receive as we believe and as we desire to glorify God. So our desires become His desires for our lives. What a magnificent truth there!

God is not as interested in gratifying our fleshly desires so much as answering our spiritual desires for bearing fruit for His Kingdom.

The secondary desires must always be second to our spiritual desires. We keep God and His Kingdom first.

At one time, I spoke to someone who doubted God cared enough to answer her daily requests. The devil wins if we don’t believe we can go to God and ask. He cares about your cares and requests. His first requirement, however, is that we delight in Him, we keep Him first.

It’s that simple. Yes, you can go to God with every single request you have. He hears the prayers of the righteous. Don’t let anyone ever tell you can’t go to Him and ask.

In my life my trust in God’s faithfulness has grown over the years. He has graciously answered so many prayers. I have prayed bold prayers and never put our great God in a box. So many times it required “waiting” and “growing” and “submitting” to God’s ways and will first. As I was obedient to what He asked, I can honestly say He faithfully answered many prayers with a yes. I am waiting for other prayers to be answered.

Have the faith that God will answer your prayers according to His will and in His timing for your good, and for His glory. He is faithful. He will come through for you according to His will. Your part is to keep seeking Him first. That is my part too.

That’s it for today. I could hardly keep up tying.

This subject is dear to my heart. As a Christian, I know it will be to yours as well.

Blessed weekend, dear reader.

Our faithful God loves you.

Let us delight in Him!

Then our desires will get met in Him.

And whatever you ask, according to His will, and for your good, amazingly God will give it to you.

Please have faith in Him to answer.

Remember… these words with me?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:6 (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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