PATIENCE IS THE BRIDGE
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7 KJV)
(Please refer to capsules 16 and 17 before reading this).
In the previous two Capsules I endeavoured to show from the scriptures that we need patience to actualise or manifest the promises, I also indicated that it does not mean passiveness or doing nothing. I intend to go further in this capsule, and I will implore you to give consideration to the things I will be showing you because at first bite they are counter culture .
Matthew 7:7 above is a popular scripture. It's says if you ask it shall be given, if you seek you shall find and if you knock it shall be opened. Again notice the 'shall' that follows each action connoting future tense, validating the sense of interval that we have been stressing (aka Patience).
But let me say this, virtually everyone that I know including myself can point at sometime when we asked, sought or knocked and yet the answer did not manifest. Especially when we know that the request was scriptural and not based on lust (James 4:3). So the question arises, which is true? Our experience or Matthew 7:7. Because of this confusion we then look for explanations, like maybe God is saying no or maybe He wants us to wait or He wants us to pray and fast more etc,etc. All these explanation might have stood a chance but for Matthew 7:8
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:8 KJV)
Verse 8 puts paid to any alternative explanation and in fact verses 9,10 and 11 go on to validate this.The word everyone (i.e. every born again child of God) is pretty conclusive with no room to manoeuvre. There is a universal law (spiritual and natural): Any time there is a clash between your experience and the word of God, then the WORD must stand superior (Romans 3:4). This law makes simple a lot of apparently complex or conflicting situations.
The truth is that when we ask, seek or knock according to His promises, God answers!! Whether it then manifest has a lot to do with what we do subsequently. John 4:24 in part says 'God is a Spirit.....' So when we ask He gives, but the answer is in it's 'spiritual form'(Ephesians 1:3.KJV). But don't forget that the spiritual always comes before the physical (Hebrews 11:3, 2Cor.4:18). We need faith and patience to manifest it. If you are not aware of this, each time you pray and you've not seen the manifestation you will reach a wrong conclusion that God has not answered! There lies the conundrum , you need to know 'How to let patience have its perfect work, so that you can be entire and lack nothing' James 1:4
PATIENCE IS THE BRIDGE SO CROSS IT
Don't miss the conclusion in Capsule 19. I will show you how to shorten the interval (aka Patience) or put patience to work.