God Dependent Living: Matthew 7:7-8
““7) Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8) For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Be active and not passive in your pursuit of God. Faith in the Sovereignty of God is not an excuse to be lazy or passive.
When Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 that we should “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”… He was calling us to make the pursuit of God our top priority.
Christians who seldom read their Bible or pray only in crisis mode are not seeking God… they are most likely running from God or at the very least holding Him at arms length. They are not dwelling in the shelter of the Most High nor abiding in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus invites us to ask, seek and knock. Why? He doesn’t want us to marginalize Him and thereby slip into self dependency and self sufficiency.
According to Matthew 6:25-34, this is a recipe for worry, stress and anxiety. We say we believe in God, but we live as if He does not exist or is irrelevant for daily living.
If you want to walk in the Spirit, switch to God dependency living. Learn to ask, seek and knock about everything. No need is to small or to big for God. He wants to be included in every detail of our lives. He wants to show Himself mighty and strong on behalf of those who seek Him. He wants to be both subconsciously and consciously present in our lives.
Jesus said; “8) For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.” Don’t be passive about seeking God! “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!” Make the pursuit of God your top priority and number one passion.
We have not because we ask not. We ask and receive not because we ask with wrong motives. God is distant because we shun the invitation to draw near to Him. We are not actively seeking Him. Doors remain closed because we are not knocking in the power of the Holy Spirit out of a relationship of intimacy with God.
Matthew 7:7-11 was a preview of things to come. This was a glimpse of what the Father promised for those who are born-again and filled with the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 1:4-5)
I sincerely believe Jesus invites us into a radically different kind of relationship with God. He doesn’t want us to be religious, He wants us to surf on the wake of the supernatural in our daily walk with Him. He wants to be present in our lives in mighty and powerful ways. He wants us to dwell in His presence as He overflows into every area of our lives.
When you move down the path of Spirit filled living, Matthew 7:7-8 becomes normal. It will blossom into your new mode of operation. Asking, seeking and knocking will roll together into constant communion with Christ. Instead of holding God at arms length as you operate in flesh or soul mode, you will move into spirit mode. Your personal journal will start reading more and more like the book of Acts.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global