Week 1 – 2019

“The Danger of a Dishonest Heart”

Many believers believe that they can circumvent natural integrity, while reaping the benefits of the blessing of God. (See Proverbs 11:3; 19:1; 20:7) Allow me to share an example. I recently encountered a person who told me the story of a believer who was attempting to sell a building, for much more than it was worth. The result of being overpriced was that the building had been on the market for quite some time. My understanding is that the Christian owner, while praying for the building to sell, was subsequently ignoring the necessary maintenance, and upkeep the edifice was in dire need of. When the owner was asked if they were attempting to sell the place for more than it was worth, they were quick to communicate that the “price is right.”

Probable Owner Mentality #1:”God is going to answer my prayer, by prompting someone to buy my overpriced building, which is in desperate need of repair,”

Probable Owner Mentality #2: The owner actually believes the building is priced correctly, and that they are cooperating with God.

Here is the reason that this prayer CANNOT be answered. “You ask and and receive not, because you ask amiss, (or with wrong motives) (James 4:3 a)

The Christian owner’s answer to the above dilemma begins as follows:
(1) A willingness of heart to be honest with God and oneself, which involves a willingness to “be wrong.” (Proverbs 17:20; Hebrews 3:12)
(2) Seek Godly counsel which involves counsel from godly people who will tell a person what they need to hear, as opposed to what they desire to hear.(Proverbs 11:14; 12:15; 15:22)
(3) Seek to hear from God.(Psalms 46:10; John 10:27; Proverbs 20:12; John 5:19,30)
(4) Follow the direction the Lord will provide. (Proverbs 3:5, 6;
John 8:12)

Conclusion: Jesus said: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it SHALL BE done for you.”
(John 15:7 emphasis mine)
Abiding in Him, and His words abiding in you and I, are the NECESSARY ingredients to “answered prayer.”

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