Matthew 6:33 – But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.
Old habits can be hard to break! When we’re used to working for something, it can be hard to re-learn how to receive it as a gift.
This verse promises us that ‘all these things’ (referring to food, clothing, shelter) will be GIVEN to us when we seek first the kingdom of God. We will have amazing testimonies, not of what we have worked for, but of what God has given us – when we put Him first in our lives.
Matthew 27:51 – Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.
Upon the death of Jesus Christ a number of startling events occurred. But one of the most symbolic was that the huge veil, hanging in the temple was ripped in two from top to bottom. This showed all the Israelites that through the death of Jesus Christ, the way was opened up for them to approach God by faith. It was also ripped from top to bottom – ie God did it – not man!!
But here’s the most extraordinary thing – the priests went and sewed it back up. The curtain hung there to protect the priests and shield them from the presence of God, a presence that would kill them if they approached it without being purified first. When they walked back into the temple, they would have seen straight through to the Holy of Holies – the place where their high priest could only go once a year.
They should have been dead if they could see such a sight – but they weren’t - because GOD WASN’T THERE.
Think about that!
Matthew 21:22 – All things, whatever you will ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
I find this to be one of the most exciting and inspiring verses in the entire Bible! Imagine if we were able to take this as reality – that whatever we ask for in prayer, believing, that we would receive? And yet that’s exactly what God wants us to do!
This verse is given in the context of Jesus talking about faith. For the one who possesses faith – whatever they ask for from God, using that faith, they will receive. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God. Continual exposure to the spoken and written word of God begins to open our ears to hear. Once our ears are open, then we are in a position where faith starts to increase, because we are walking and hearing the voice of God continually.
We must first possess faith – by KNOWING, being confident and assured of what the will of God is in a situation. Then secondly, we must BELIEVE and not doubt. Doubt makes faith impotent. The belief is expressed through our actions – Peter KNEW he could walk on water if Jesus called to Him, and then he expressed his BELIEF by stepping out of the boat.
If you look in your heart today you’ll discover that God would have given you faith for something. Regardless of how big or small that thing might be – as you start to walk into it, you’ll find your faith begins to grow. Little by little, the Lord wants us to grow in faith until those things that are great mountains are removed!
Matthew 8:2-3 – Behold, a leper came to him and worshipped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
This leper approached Jesus with faith – he believed that God could do something to help his situation. And as a result he found that God did do something.
Faith discerns the will of God. When we have faith that something will happen, then we have found what God wants to do. It doesn’t mean that we perceive how God will bring it about – sometimes the Lord fufills His word to us in ways that we didn’t expect. But faith – that internal ‘knowing’ – is the key to unlocking what God wants to do next.
If we are lacking in faith – let’s not beat ourselves us – let’s ask God for it! Just as the man with a demon-possessed son said ‘I want to believe – help me overcome my unbelief’. If we persist until the Lord grants us faith, we will find the answer to our prayers and the will of God will open up like a bright path in front of us.
Matthew 27:43 – "He trusts in God. Let him deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, `I am the Son of God.`”
As Jesus was dying on the cross, crowds gathered around and heaped abuse on him. As well as saying ‘if you are the son of God, you can get yourself down’, they also leveled the words above at him too.
Amazingly, in saying this, they quote almost verbatim from Psalm 22. This Psalm contains vivid words that accurately prophesied what would happen to Jesus while He was upon the cross. And in verse 8 of Psalm 22, those who surround him say ‘He trusts in Yahweh; Let him deliver him; Let him rescue him, since he delights in him’
Ephesians 2 mentions the fact that the spirit of this age (satan) can actively work through those who oppose the gospel. These words had their origin not from humans, but from the evil spirits that were rejoicing and mocking the son of God as he lay in weakness. Yet little did they know that God would deliver Him, and He would be back!!