Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Contact

678-812-4500

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.

Denial

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“Then Jesus said to them all:  ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” Luke 9:23

Self-denial.  This is what Christ demands.  And more importantly, it is what He deserves.  Jesus isn’t asking His followers to hate themselves; he is asking them to adore Him.  Just as the old hymn says:

Jesus paid it all.
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed it white as snow.

The choice to deny self is born out of adoration and gratitude, not obligation.  It is the response of a heart that is ever-conscience of Christ’s sacrifice, and always thankful for His grace.

To deny yourself means to disregard your own interests for the sake of Christ and His glory.  Following Jesus is not easy.  There are times when He leads us to places that we do not want to go.  He leads to places that are unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even undesirable.  I mean this both literally and figuratively.  Loving our enemies is not comfortable. Forgiveness is not always easy.  Putting others needs ahead of our own desires is tough.  All of these are examples of how Jesus asks us to deny ourselves.

But, when we hold these acts of self-denial up to the cross… they don’t seem so hard, do they?  When we choose to consider Christ’s sacrifice, we realize that He has the right to ask for whatever He desires from our lives.  After all, we wouldn’t even have life if it weren’t for Him… physically or spiritually.

And as if what He has already given us isn’t enough, He continues to lavish His grace upon us.  Whatever He asks us to give up He will replace with His abundant life.  What we find is that the more we sacrifice, the more He gives.  In God’s kingdom, death to self is the only way to truly live.

Jesus, You have shown me what self-denial really is.  Thank You for dying so that I may live.  Please help me to deny myself and follow You today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.