Sunday, June 8, 2008

Ears of the Spirit

Jesus had a phrase that He used a few times that must have left His disciples scratching their heads. "He who has ears, let him hear…" , once again the disciples looked around to see if the others heard these words. "What does He mean, ‘he who has ears?’ we all have ears and we all hear just fine".

As we listen now to these next words of Jesus hear them with your inner ears; the ones that God designed to be the direct connection between Him and our hearts.

If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)

Oh, how easy it is for us to jump on a particular appealing scripture. On the other hand, sometimes specific scriptures are difficult to understand because things don’t seem to work as represented. "Ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you" is one of those statements.
Obviously, there are some preconditions to the promised results in this statement. Taken in the context of the body of the overall statement Jesus was making builds the case for this precondition.

I am the true vine, Jesus said, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him shall bear much fruit.

It is in this context that Jesus makes the statement "if you abide in Me and My words abide in you…". The key to the promised results is the precondition.

The fact is, our desires are, for the most part self-serving. Beyond self-serving, our desires are generally extremely small and foolish.

As we absorb the Word of God through reading, meditating and studying our hearts and desires begin to change. As our hearts change it then moves toward the heart of God.

This is not a quick metamorphous but a never-ending submission to the brilliance of God’s truth. The heart is a stubborn, resistant master and it does not submit easily or happily.

Master your heart by submitting it to the sharp edged sword of God’s Word. The surgery will be gentle but effective.

It is out of such a heart that Jesus proclaims, "ask whatever you desire and it will be done for you."

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