May 25: Conditions to Spiritual Growth

Let’s start this morning by stating, to believe by faith, truly is a must, to receive, BUT there may be other conditions if not met, that could hinder your request. Let’s take a look at a few:

You must have an honest relationship to God and with man. John 15:7; Heb. 12:15; 1 Peter 3:7. James 4:1.

Ask yourself these following questions:

Am I obedient to God’s principles? John 14:15; Luke 6:26; Romans 6:16; Matthew 7:21.

Am I hiding anything from God? 1 John 3:21-22.

Do I really want God’s will for my life?
Are you willing to accept the answer God gives you?

Am I in harmony with God?
…When in harmony with God, my desires will be in harmony with God. 1 John 5:14.

Am I sharing results; the things God has done or given me, whatever that may be? 
…Proverbs 21…21:3, 21:13.

Am I praying with the right motive? Ask God for wisdom. James 1:5-7; Mark 9:29; Hebrews 11:6.

Simply put, if and when I have an honest relationship to God and no un-forgiveness and be willing to share the results of what I have been given and believe that God will answer; then John 14 will become a reality. For God to answer our prayers, we must have a believing heart and ask according to His will. We continue in prayer during the day and never give up. Don’t waiver until something moves. In other words, until God gives you an answer. Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, Because of your faith, it will happen.

Matthew 21:22, And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (KJV). What a great promise! We see throughout God’s Word very specific promises. His promises are simple; simply believe, and you will receive them.

As we focus on these promises, we are expected to pray in accordance with their specific truths. Prayer and the promises of God go hand in hand. There are many, many promises in God’s Word, and they are inter-reliant with prayer.

Psalm 30:2, O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me (KJV). Psalm 103:3, Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases (KJV). John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly (KJV).

Jesus is not a respecter of persons. These promises and many more are not just for those days of old, but for you, me, and our children and their children, to believe and receive. There are hundreds of promises in the Bible. Find the very one you are in need of today. Believe it for you today. They were given to us in God’s Word for us to have, yes, receive.

I recently read a quote that fits perfectly with what I believe and have expressed in this letter in regards to prayer working together with the promises in God’s Word.

E.M. Bounds writes, “Prayer and the promises are inter-dependent. The promise inspires and energizes prayer, but prayer locates the promise and gives it realization and location. The promise is like the blessed rain falling in full showers, but prayer, like the pipes, which transmit, preserve and direct the rain, localizes and precipitates these promises, until they become local and personal, and bless, refresh and fertilize. Prayer takes hold of the promise and conducts it to its marvelous ends, removes the obstacles, & makes a highway for the promise to its glorious fulfillment. While God’s promises are exceeding great and precious, they are specific, clear & personal.”

When you are absolutely surrendered to God and His Word, you are able to claim the promises of His Word. God’s Word brings life to ALL who totally surrender, allowing it to take root and grow deep within your mind, heart, and soul. Joshua 1:8, Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night, so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do (NLT) .

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