March 21, 2013 in Faith
John 14:12-I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. 13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. AMP
John 16:23-And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]. 24 Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete. AMP
The Christian has been messing around begging God for what he thinks he can have instead asking God in faith for what he wants and needs. There is no better example of this than in the area of disease. Our country has never been more aware than we are today, of all the illnesses, maladies and infirmities. Yet, it seems that all this attention has only given birth to more fear, more need and more disease. Christ’s work on the cross delivered us from this and from the fear that goes with it. God expects His people to come to Him and pray through Christ for what we want and need, then to wait in joyful confidence for Him to provide it. We are Christians and Christians go to God; we expect great things from our God and we praise and marvel in Him as we watch Him work! Christians must press in and pray for the cure for the destructive diseases of our day, continue to thank God that He has provided it, and then back up our faith as we give our money and effort to the cure, not to the enablement of the disease. For years I’ve given to good cause after good cause, and there are many. However, with few, if any exceptions, I’ve not been able to see any difference or improvement in the charity’s success except in their marketing and in the growth of their management. I want to send my dollars to help a person or an animal and to find a cure and reach a solution, not fund a charity’s marketing or grow their business. Shortly before the Second World War, Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, founded The March of Dimes, a voluntary health organization. Roosevelt, who was a victim of Polio, established the organization to direct the fight against poliomyelitis. Founded during the heart of the Depression, contributions and fund-raising campaigns helped finance the research — often a dime at a time — that led to the development of the first successful poliomyelitis vaccine by the American Jonas Salk and of the oral vaccine by the American, Albert Sabin. During the Depression, there wasn’t money to spare to finance the marketing or the administration/organization of the March of Dimes. A cure had to be found, people believed it could be found, and they gave what precious money they could spare to the research for the cure of Polio. As a Christian nation, they also prayed in mass, for the goal which Roosevelt set before them: to find the cure for Polio. I want to give my money for research, not junk mail. I am willing to give to find the cure to diseases, but not for the awareness of the disease, nor to the organizations that manage the financial donations of the diseases. Diabetes, Cancer, MS…the list goes on and on. It is time to stop praying for what we think we can have and pray once for what we want and need, then praise God because He has given it. It’s time to stop spending money to get the money to find the cure. It’s time to discover the cure! Great things, through faith, will be accomplished by God through the Christian but first the Christian must expect great things from God.