Are You Asking?

“Until now you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that you joy may be full.” (John 16:24 NKJV)

Ask and you shall receive.

We make this into ask and you may receive, you may not receive.

Romans 8:32 clearly states, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

God is not withholding from us.  He is not withholding healing.  He is not withholding the money to pay our bills or the job with which to pay those bills.

Let me clarify something, though: Psalm 84:11 teaches us, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

There are two qualifications there.

God is not withholding any good thing from us.  He may not give us a certain job or a certain spouse because He knows they wouldn’t be good for us, but that doesn’t mean He is withholding a job or a spouse from us.  Just those particular ones.

The other qualification is “from them that walk uprightly.”

We will never walk completely uprightly.  We will never walk blameless before the Lord.  It cannot be done by mere human beings.

This is the reason God sent Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16) .

At the Cross, Jesus exchanged His Righteousness (right standing with God) for our sins.  He gave us His Righteousness and took our sin.  He took all that we are, and we became all that He is (II Corinthians 5:21, I John 4:17).

Now we are righteous through Christ.  Therefore God is not withholding any good thing from us.

We can ask for what we need in Jesus’ Name, and have confidence that God has heard us and is manifesting it in our lives (1 John 5:14-15).

All we have to do is ask.

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