Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Matthew 7:7 KJV
When I was a fake Christian (not really knowing what it is to be a true believer or in other words, a Christian) I used to love Matthew 7:7. Wholeheartedly I pelted my requests at the throne of the Lord. One after the other. When it didn’t work, I shopped around for other quick fixes and came across a whole New Age.
A yogi (Indian mystic circa 1930)- who’s teachings I followed, taught me through his writings, in a intellectually appealing manner how the Christians are deceived into poverty when their God has promised so much abundance just for the asking!
My venturing out of the faith of my childhood, taught me new ‘meanings’ of many bible verses I was familiar with. They were full of promise as interpreted by the yogi. I used to think Christians are so foolish they have no clue of the treasure they are sitting on. The yogi taught how to create our own reality – something out of nothing. Declaring happiness into being as well as a lot of other material things into being. All based on the Bible.
Imagine my surprise when I come out of my delusion and is saved by the grace of God, the yogi has followed me into my new found faith through new teachers naming and claiming!
Having been lost inside Reiki and yoga and other new-age activities, my only prayer to God after being ‘saved’ was ‘Lord, please don’t let me be deceived ever again’.
So the good Lord led me on a path of instruction that I want to share with you.
John Chrysostom’s (circa 350AD) homily on Matthew 7 is where the Holy Spirit led me.
“For which of you is there, a father, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he give him a stone?” So that if you receive not, your asking a stone is the cause of your not receiving. For though thou be a son , this suffices not for your receiving: rather this very thing even hinders your receiving, that being a son, you ask what is not profitable. Do thou also therefore ask nothing worldly, but all things spiritual, and you will surely receive. For so Solomon, because he asked what he ought, behold how quickly he received. Two things now, you see, should be in him that prays, asking earnestly , and asking what he ought: since you too, says He, though ye be fathers, wait for your sons to ask: and if they should ask of you anything inexpedient , you refuse the gifts; just as, if it be expedient , you consent and bestow it.”
If you are born of the Spirit, keep your sights on Spiritual things. Not on earthly things. The Lord knows already that we need some earthly things – and He has declared to take care of it for us. Our job is :
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
And here begins the narrow path..