I was able to speak this morning to the gathered Coastland Church at the Brandon AMC Theaters. We have been looking at the Sermon on the Mount for the past number of weeks. Specifically, we have been looking into the things that cause us to come into alignment with the Kingdom of God. Jesus projects the standard of the Kingdom to us when He speaks of prayer – that as we see the Father rightly we will be able to “ask… seek… and knock” to make progress. We are to “keep on asking… keep on seeking… and keep on knocking.” That’s difficult if not impossible unless we see the Father accurately.
If we don’t see the Father as He really is we will lose heart in connecting with Him. Human nature tends to see the Father as more or less an exaggerated version of one of us. We tend to think of the Father as an exaggerated, big version of one of us. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Father is nothing much like us at all. He is perfect.
Repeatedly the Scriptures tell us, “God is not a man…” What we consider to be perhaps unreasonable He has set in motion as the norm of the Kingdom. Life goes forward as we bring our every need to him – as we, again, “ask… seek… knock” our way through life. He delights in us bringing our needs to Him. There is something about that connection that makes the heart of God excited. We humble ourselves over and over again by realizing He is able to do for us what we can never accomplish. “Ask… seek… knock.”
Originally posted 2010-05-23 20:48:53.