by Benjamin Munsell on August 13, 2019
ASK, and it shall be given you; SEEK, and ye shall find; KNOCK, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh RECEIVETH; and he that seeketh FINDETH; and to him that knocketh it shall BE OPENED. Matthew 7:7-8. Look at the following thoughts as a Heart's Cry, and not a legalistic wording of possibly wrong words. Generally, when these verses are discussed it's in the context of looking for nice things that will be a benefit to you. And that's fine. Consider this, we are generally sinful creatures and it literally takes a Mighty Act of God to clean us up. This "clean-up" process is painful, uncomfortable, and cuts open the "heart" to reveal some lousy attitudes that have to go. Man does not want to suffer. SO WHY NOT TURN THE TABLES ON "COMFORT" AND PURPOSELY RUN HEAD LONG, FULL SPEED AHEAD INTO THE GRINDING, CHASTENING, CHASTISING, CORRECTING HAND OF GOD ALMIGHTY, that with no resistance on our part, He has a Free Hand to gently work us over, out totally grind us to powder to reassemble us into the likeness of Christ? The point is, DON'T FIGHT WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN. Like avoiding the major surgery you know you must have to stay alive because there will be pain and suffering. So who wants more pain and suffering than we already have??? Why not Christians, KNOWING THAT THERE WILL BE A GREAT ETERNAL BENEFIT "ON THIS SIDE", AND FOREVER! How close to Christ do you really want to be, on planet earth? Are you willing to run headlong and be broken on the Rock of Christ, and allow Him to heal you in His Image? All this is a nice concept, but is it, or can it be, your Heart's Cry for your Life on earth, as you are fully prepared for Eternal Life in Heaven? Christ greatly suffered for you on the Cross to Save you, will you suffer even a little to be like Him? Or maybe suffer a lot, AS HE DEEMS NECESSARY? Let's face it, we suffered as lost sinners and we will suffer as Christians, so let's make it REALLY worth while and suffer WITH GREAT JOY, that we may, Be Blessed!!!