Cross Pointe Church

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Duluth, GA 30097

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Ask for Anything

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"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.”  John 14:12-14

There are three words contained in Jesus’ promise that are the key to unlocking the meaning of this passage--“In My name.”  Our selfishness apart from Christ zeroes in on “whatever you ask” and “ask for anything;” skipping right over the heart of Christ’s promise--the glory of His Father.

Jesus does not promise to do anything we ask.  He promises to do anything asked for in His Name.  Why?  It is because such requests are guaranteed to bring glory to the Father.  So how do we know if we are asking for something in Christ’s name?  Doing so means more than just adding, “In Jesus’ Name” at the end of our prayers.  Christ’s name is used for everything that His name covers… His authority, His interests, His pleasure, His excellence and His deeds.  Therefore, anything we ask for in His name will align with His will.  In this context, the passage can be interpreted and applied correctly. 

Of course Jesus would promise to grant any requests that are in accordance with His will, because such requests, as He explained, will bring honor and glory to His Father.  The glory of the Father was always Jesus’ main concern.  Even He, God’s very own Son, always prayed according to God’s will.  Look at His prayer in the final hours of His life in the Garden of Gethsemane:  “Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for You.  Take this cup from Me.  Yet not what I will, but what You will (Mark 14:36).”

Prayer: Father, I want my life to bring glory to Your name.  Please show me where my desires and plans do not line up with Your will and change me, Lord.  May by prayers be Christ-centered and Spirit-driven.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wisdom

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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10

One of the most common questions church leaders are asked is, “What is God’s will for my life?”  When people ask this question, they are usually referring to circumstances that are not directly addressed in Scripture—circumstances specific to their lives. 

Many believers live with anxiety and fear of making the wrong decision.  Most of us have wished (at one time or another) that God would just spell all the details out in front of us.  Wouldn’t that be easier?  Maybe so, but then we might miss the whole point—to know God and trust Him, to grow in wisdom and knowledge.

In those times when the details are not clear, there is great comfort to be found in the book of Proverbs.  Written primarily by King Solomon, this book is filled with the words wisdom, prudence, knowledge, instruction, and insight.  But what we also find in Proverbs is a correlation between the fear (respect) of the Lord and wisdom.  And without wisdom, it is impossible to discern God’s voice and direction.

Our wisdom in daily life is dependent on our relationship with Christ.  When we walk in fear of Him, we walk in wisdom.  Our relationship with God affects our relationships with other people.  And in order to have wisdom in the world, we must be in right relationship with God.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all of this.

God made an amazing offer to King Solomon in 1 Kings 3:5 when He said, “Ask Me for whatever you want Me to give you.”  Do you know what Solomon requested?  “Give Your servant a discerning heart to govern Your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9).  Solomon asked for wisdom. 

He could have asked for the answers to life’s deepest mysteries.  But he asked for wisdom.  He could have asked for an easy, successful life.  But he asked for wisdom.  His request itself is evidence that He feared the Lord.  He had a deep desire to please God, and to rule God’s people according to His will.  Solomon understood the treasure of godly wisdom.  Do you?   

Prayer: Father, I know that godly wisdom is a gift from You.  Please help me to live each day in respect for You, because I know that this is the beginning of wisdom.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Two Choices

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“When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD—He is God!  The LORD—He is God!’”  1 Kings 18:39

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah asks the so-called people of God a crucial question.  In verse 21 he challenges them, saying, “How long will you waver between two opinions?”  His reasoning is quite simple… “If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is god, follow him.”  In other words, “Quit straddling the fence and pick a side!” 

God has made it clear in His Word that we cannot love both Christ and the world.  We cannot claim to follow Jesus and hold onto our former way of thinking and living.  This is what the Israelites were trying to do.  They wanted to worship both God and Baal.  What this really boiled down to was a lack of faith.  God’s people were “covering their bases,” so to speak.  Just in case God was not who He said He was, they also offered sacrifices to the gods of the world.

Elijah decides to get to the bottom of their unbelief with an amazing encounter with the prophets of the false gods.  In doing so, he is forcing God’s people to choose a side.  Their back-and-forth lifestyle is unacceptable to a holy God.  What happened next was somewhat of a showdown between Elijah and Baal’s prophets… and more importantly between Baal and Jehovah.  And God won with resounding victory.

When Elijah prays to God to burn up the sacrifice (which was drenched in water, along with the altar), he asks God to answer, “So these people will know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.”  Think of all God had done for the people of Israel… all of the evidence they had of His existence and His character.

He had chosen them out of all the peoples of the world, by His will and not because of anything they had done (Abram and Sarai).  He had made a covenant with them and had never failed to honor His word, even when they were unfaithful.  And yet, they still didn’t believe fully in their God.

What about us today?  Are we much different?  Do we wholeheartedly worship God and God alone, trusting in His character; or are we, like the Israelites, double-minded in our faith?  We have the cross and the empty tomb.  And that is all the evidence we should ever need.

Dear Father, I confess that I can be double-minded, trying to follow You with a divided heart.  Please forgive me for my lack of faith.  Help me to trust You more and to serve You with all of my heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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