Do you dare ask God for the things you want or need? What if He says ‘no’? But Jesus says we have not because we ask not. What would it take for you to ask God for anything in faith? We discuss James 1:5-8 again as well as James 1:16-18. The James passage talks bout God as the father of lights, giving every good thing his children. When we understand God’s character, we are freer to ask Him for the good things He wants to give us.
Doubt and God’s character. Do we dare ask? Will He answer my question favorably?
James 1:5-8 “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.”
That’s the thing, it’s all about the asking God process. Have you asked God for anything in faith?
God answers us without rebuke/without finding fault. He wants to answer generously.
We see God being merciful and not finding fault way more than dealing out judgment.
We should ask ourselves this question: Why haven’t I asked God for this? Maybe it says something about what I believe about God’s character.
Liz has an example from before she was a Christian. She believed in God, but hated Him because of suffering and did not want to depend on Him in any way.
We’re not going to ask a God we don’t trust for help. We’ve got to believe He is good to even begin to ask.
James 1:16-18 everything good comes down from above from the father of lights who does not change.
Gifts from any source are a gift from God.
Need to work on our short-term/long-term perspective.
God never ordains sin. That’s one of Liz’s pet peeves when people say that. He sorts those things out, but He does not originate sin or evil.
We need to hold onto our true understanding of God to safely take the journey of self-examination. We can find the courage to look inside and withhold shame or condemnation and begin to lay things before God. Takes wisdom.
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