INTERESTING FACT: I wrote this back in 2012 when I was attending Calvary Chapel, Jerusalem. Today... I stay right around the corner from these very doors...... Amazing
(Mat 7:7-8) "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
One warm summer morning I was laying on the floor praying asking of the Lord how do I draw closer to you? I asked Holy Spirit to guide me to scriptures and reveal to me how to grow closer to himself and the Lord. At that time I started to drift in and out of sleep. The Lord and Holy Spirit gently spoke to me in a dream as I lay there before Him.
The dream started and I was in a city of stone. Arched doorways held heavy wooden doors fastened together with metal findings and latches. Burdensome, old doors beckoned me forward. I heard the Lord tell me, “You’ve asked for my heart, you are seeking me now… now, it’s time to knock.” I stood before the door and I knocked quietly not knowing what to expect. Apprehensively, I began to knock slightly harder. With each knock on the door I felt the Lord urging me to knock louder. I did so. Then yet another urge to press and knock even harder upon the door. I started knocking and crying out to the Lord, so hard and ferociously that my knuckles started to bleed. I knocked and knocked and knocked, but no answer. I felt urged again to keep going. I pressed past the pain, the bloodied knuckles, the exhaustion and I pounded the door with all my might. I then lay at a heap at the bottom of the door, spent, exhausted, whimpering … barely able to raise my hand. At that moment, completely used up and broken I became aware that someone had opened the door. I felt myself being cradled in His arms. He lovingly moved the hair from my face and I could hear Him whisper to me, you have learned what it means to KNOCK.
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find ; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “ Matthew 7:7-8
As in my personal experience above, the Lord answers those that seek to find Him. His desire is not only for you to ‘find’ Him, it is still deeper – to fellowship and abide with Him and have a love relationship with Him.
“9 Which of you , if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, you will give him a snake? If you then though you are evil , know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those that ask him!” Matthew 7: 9-11
The desire of the Lord is that we simply turn our will over to Him and allow ourselves to take on HIS will for our lives. When we seek the face and will of the Father and ask to be led by Holy Spirit we then start to seek and ask for things that are clearly in His will for our lives. When we ask, seek and knock after those things the Father tells us: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
What are the things that the Lord so freely wants to give to us? His desire is to gift to us those things that empower us in our daily life in Him and to walk in step with Holy Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23
The Lord’s desire is for us to grow even further in our walk with Him by spurring on those in the body of Christ that surround us. With that He gives us the gifts of the Spirit. “ Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one just as he determines.” 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11
With these gifts the Lord also sets up a parameter on how we are to operate and use these gifts. It’s simple: “Love NEVER FAILS. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part , but when perfection comes the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put childish ways behind me. Now, we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now, I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” Galatians 13: 8-12
As we ask, seek and knock, the Lord opens the door and we are before Him and in HIS love and mercy He stoops down to us and let’s us know that HE has opened the door and we are fully known.