You Have Not Because You Ask Not

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James 4: 1-3: What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

It’s funny when we have a favorite verse we use and then we look it up and realize people have been using it wrong. That’s why we need to take the things we hear, think, see, or feel and compare it to the Living Word. If it matches up to the Bible, then we can know it’s from the Lord. 

The devil is good at his job, he’s been doing it for thousands of years. He knows us better than ourselves if we don’t have the Lord continually showing and purifying us. We do battle a defeated enemy, but not a stupid, outdated one. We need to acknowledge Satan’s power and dominion so that we can properly fight and overtake him. In the Kingdom of God, ignorance is definitely not bliss, my friends. BUT, once we know the things that need to be changed, we can go to the Lord and ask Him to do it. 

As the above verse(s) say, we have not because we ask not, or because we ask with wrong motives. The Lord detests pride. Pride hinders the hand of God in our lives. Pride doesn’t have to be apparent to be working. It can be sneaky and even show up as insecurities. If you are not receiving from the Lord, you most likely need to check your pride and motives. Whatever you ask from God, with the right motives, the Lord loves to answer. Even if you ask Him to cleanse you and give you right motives, if you don’t have them yet. The Lord already knows your heart, so you might as well be honest with Him. 

Luke 11:13 says, “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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If you are saved, you need the Holy Spirit in your life. He is how we conquer our flesh, get power to fulfill our Heavenly Calling, and hear from the Lord. He is our helper and best friend. That’s why Jesus said it was better for Him to go, so we could have the Holy Spirit to help us from the inside out. 

For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. – Deuteronomy 30:16

The Lord wants to bless us and make us prosper. He loves His children more than we can ever comprehend. He says all we have to do is love Him, obey Him, and keep His commands and what He asks of us. The Lord doesn’t give us rules and regulations to be boring and strict; He gives them to us because He knows what’s best. I have seen that unfold so true in my own life and actions. Our God is a GOOD God and He wants the best for you. I encourage you to seek Him, ask Him to purify your heart, then ask Him for your desires and He will be faithful to give them to you! In fact, it will be exceedingly abundantly more than you can ever ask or think! Our God is just that good!

Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is a woman who feels she has experienced a lot of life in her 30 years. 

At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, getting a divorce and losing what seemed like everything, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.

Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.

She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.

To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”

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