One thing is absolute, children are born believers! Children never, ever, doubt anything you tell them until they are taught to doubt. My daughter asked me a few months ago if I would move us into a castle. Most people, who have 7-8 year old daughters, would hear that and just smile. They would just assume their kids want a castle because they have watched too many princess movies. Which, may be the reason that child wants a castle. Most people wouldn't even take a moment to actually consider looking into buying or building a castle. WHY? The reason is simple, adults have a very bad habit of letting their worldly logic interfere with their faith. In a adults mind, they are thinking that buying or building a castle isn't realistic. They would find 5 reasons within 5 minutes as to why that wouldn't be a realistic possibility. NOT ME. When my daughter asked me if we can live in a castle, something came alive in my spirit! You have to understand, she actually believes and has no doubt that we can move into a castle! Call me crazy, but I absolutely agree with her! When she asked me that, I didn't try to intellectualize it, I didn't try to logically comprehend the request, I remembered what God said in His Word!
Matthew 18:19 (KJV)19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
The first thing you should notice here in this passage is the word "IF." That word is the contingency that makes or breaks the reality of the outcome. So many people read the Bible, yet when they read a scripture like this, they say, "That's nice, but that doesn't really work." Here you can see when people think like this, they are being childish. They are, doubting what they just read, and basically calling God a liar. Because they are full of doubt, they act childishly, immaturely reacting and assuming that what they read isn't to be taken literally. Now, back to the word in this passage, "IF." This is so important and so direct, most people miss it. Jesus is saying , IF, two of you shall agree... He's making it plain as day, that this won't work unless we actually do it! I know that sounds obvious, but most people don't ever take Gods Word for face value. They think that Jesus must have been referring to people "back then." People assume that this doesn't apply to us now. What a shame. This is the same reason that there are so many ministries today, that do not believe in divine healing for today. That's just crazy to me.
When God tells me something through His Word, I take every single promise, every guarantee, and believe it for today!! This is why I am so blessed! I don't act childishly, instead, I use my childlike faith and expect every promise to come to pass for me and my family in this lifetime!! When my daughter asked me if we could live in a castle, I started looking for property for sale and looking at homes that would be sufficient for her dream to live in a castle. Most people would laugh at me if they knew I started looking for castles to move into. That's okay, laugh all you want. You won't be laughing when God moves us into our castle! What you have to understand is this, when she asked me for a castle to live in, I instantly came into agreement with her! Just like it says in Matthew 18:19. I came into agreement with her and asked God that we would have this castle to live in! If you read the scripture, you will see that is says, " anything that they ask, it SHALL BE DONE FOR THEM!" What you have to understand is God is our heavenly father! He desires to bless His Children!! He delights in giving to His kids! You want proof? Lets look at some scriptures.
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Psalm 34:10 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
I have had people ask me why I actually think God will bless me and my family financially and give us the desires of our hearts here on earth. The reason is simple, we are givers!! A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about giving! Scroll down and give it a read. I assure you, it will change your prospective on giving and receiving! So many churches and ministries today teach that receiving in abundance is greed. Yet, Jesus Himself said that he came to give us life, that which is a ABUNDANT life! God has no desire for us to suffer or live in lack. What you have to understand is this, without childlike faith and obedience to Gods Word, you will never truly understand Biblical prosperity. Obedience and faith, with absolutely no doubt is the recipe for a financially blessed life here on earth! Believe it or not, if you don't have faith as a child, it can actually dictate if you enter the Kingdom of Heaven! I know that sounds radical, but I didn't say it, Jesus did. Let's take a look..
Matthew 18:33 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
You might be wondering, why would Jesus say this? The answer is simple. Children believe and do not doubt. In the case of salvation, this is so important. You cannot live life here on earth, saying you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, yet in the back of your mind wonder if God is actually real. You cannot live like that! You have to make the dedicated decision, that beyond any shadow of doubt, that Jesus Christ is REAL! He came to earth as God in a mans body, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again from the grave! You cannot have any doubt in that belief! When people ask me if I can prove that God is real, I say absolutely. Just look in the mirror, your created in His image! Take a deep breath, feel the air enter and exit your lungs. He made them!! Look around and listen, He created your eyes and ears! There is so much proof that God exists it would take a fool to think that He's not real. If you tell a child today that God created everything you can see, smell, or touch, and even the things we cannot see, they will say, WOW, Awesome! They will believe you! Why? Because they have the faith that we must have as adults to understand belief without doubt!
When I see someone sick, I have my kids pray for them!!. Why? Because they actually believe that GOD WILL HEAL that person who is afflicted! They don't act like most Christians and pray, yet in their minds think, "I hope that worked." Children don't waste time wondering if something is gonna work, THEY EXPECT IT TO WORK! This is how we have to be! Not double minded people who believe half heartedly with no real expectations. James described this perfectly. Lets look at that now..
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James is telling us that a man who doubts, SHOULD NOT EXPECT to receive ANYTHING from the Lord. This is why so many Christians will pray, ask God for something, yet when they don't receive the answer, they blame God. They say things like, "well, I prayed and God didn't answer." THEY couldn't be more wrong! God has every desire to answer your prayers, but if you doubt, he cannot answer your prayers! God is not a man that He should lie! He will not contradict His own Word. So, if He tells us that we won't receive anything from Him if we doubt, we have to stop DOUBTING! We have to be childlike, and truly believe that we will receive what we are asking for! Lets also remember that the Word of God says in Matthew 18:19 that , ANYTHING we ask, we will receive! This is how incredible the riches of His Glory really is! People say, "that's greedy.." NO, IT'S SIMPLY ALLOWING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER TO BLESS US HERE ON EARTH!
Think about it this way.. If your kids ask you for a snack, or some candy. Do they need that snack or candy? No, of course they don't NEED that snack or candy. But, THEY WANT IT! You don't think that's greed when your kids ask for something they don't need. When they ask, your desire as a parent is to BLESS them with that snack or candy because you love them, and you delight in being a blessing to them! The same is true with God, He delights blessing His children when we ask him for things! Even when we don't need the things were asking for! Remember this, God all ready said that He would supply ALL of our needs! (Philippians 4:19) So, when we pray, we don't have to ask God for our needs! He Has all ready said He would SUPPLY ALL our needs! All we have to do as believers is, actually believe, with no doubt, that His Word is truth, and we will have everything we need! Then when we WANT something, all we simply have to do is ASK, and we SHALL receive it! (Matthew 7:7)
If your reading this right now, I encourage you, take what I'm telling you today for truth! Don't read this and think, "man, that would be nice if things worked that way." You must start trusting Gods Word to be TRUTH! Every part of it! Don't let anyone tell you that the Word of God has promises that are not relevant today. Stop listening to people who say "they tried it, and it didn't work." These people obviously did not hold fast to Gods Word and believe 100% with NO doubt in what they were asking for. IF, they were, they would be telling you what I'm telling you today, GODS WORD WORKS! Again, I cannot stress to you enough, in order to receive every thing that God promises us in His Word, we MUST be obedient to His Word! If your reading this, and yet living in sin, don't expect to receive anything from God! Remember that James told us that if your purposely living in sin, being disobedient, living in doubt, you cannot expect God to bless you with anything you ask for. God is not interested in people who love Him one day, and curse Him the next. That's hypocrisy. God is looking for His children to try their best to obey His Word in ALL things. He's looking for people to believe like a child, having no doubt! He's looking for people who, when we ,make a mistake and sin, we are willing to repent and truly change because we want nothing BUT to please our Father in Heaven!
Parents, I want to encourage you with this. Please DO NOT shut your children down when they ask you for something that seems impossible. God is the GOD of the impossible! Instead of shutting them down with doubt and "reality" as the world puts it. Start believing with your child! Merge your imaginations together and watch and see just how amazing our God is!! He WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!! Trust me, when you come into agreement with your children and truly believe like they do, oh man!!! Life is about to get even better! Also, please keep your children away from doubt at all times! Do not let your children around people who don't believe in Christ! Keep them in fellowship ONLY with Godly people! The Bible says : (Blessed are they that walketh NOT, in the council of the ungodly, PSALM 1:1) So, do everything you can to keep your children away from ungodly people and train your child according the Word of God! (Proverbs 22:6).
I want to thank you for reading this weeks blog! Remember this, childish people live in lack. They cannot receive the promises of God because of their doubt and unbelief. ChildLIKE people prosper when obedience and commitment to God and His Word are fist place in their lives!! I encourage you this week, no matter how hard it gets, DO NOT DOUBT! When you hear a thought of doubt in your head, CAST DOWN those thoughts and bring them in to captivity and command your thoughts to line up with the Word of God! IF, there's that word (IF) again.. IF, you do this, I assure you, God, your Heavenly Father will reward you! He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! (Hebrews 11:6) Have a amazing week and until next week, BE BLESSED! Here is a scripture to meditate on this week that will help you remember to cast out doubt!
Reverend Ian Potter
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Reverend Ian Potter is a Spirit Filled Evangelist who preaches the Raw , Uncompromised , Gospel of Jesus Christ.