YOU RECEIVE NOT
BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT
1 Corinthians 2:14
11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Brothers, we who are born again believers in Christ Jesus know him as the only begotten Son of God, and as our Lord and Savior.
When we were lost, and worldly we knew the things of our flesh. But, once we came to know Jesus as the only way to eternal life, then God sent His very own Holy Spirit to live inside each of us.
Just as God the creator gave everyone free will to choose how he would live this life. He did not take away that free will when we were saved.
No, that free will is with us here on earth until we take our last breath. Just as God never forced you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He will never force you to allow Him to teach you.
Once again, 1st Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Brothers, we have the spirit of God inside us that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. We can know the things of God. But, the world can never know the things of God.
Brothers, this does not mean that we do not have to ask, and receive the things of God which are free for the asking. Our free will still applies to each of us even after we are saved. We receive not because we ask not!
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Do you now see that we are to ask for God's wisdom. Even though it is freely given, we must ask.
Brothers, do this now. God to the Father in prayer, and pray this:
Heavenly Father I thank you for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just as I made the decision to accept Jesus into my life, I now invite your very own Holy Spirit to reside inside me and to teach me ALL things.
Father I now understand that you will give us your Wisdom, and Knowledge concerning all things if only we will ask you for the things which we desire to gain understanding of.
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, to desire that ye might be filled with the of his will in all spiritual understanding;
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom , let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
We are clearly told here that you will hold nothing from us. But, will give all wisdom and knowledge freely to us.
I now receive your wisdom and knowledge about all truth of your holy word. I will gain full understanding of that truth as I pray, read aloud, and meditate on your truth. I will pray for your wisdom and knowledge each and every day. In Jesus name I receive Amen!
(Even the word AMEN means - "to receive").
Brothers, if we ask then we will receive. By faith we were saved, and by faith we receive.
God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus.
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