Ask. Seek. Knock
These signs shall follow them that believe
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Signs shall follow them- we don’t see many signs showing up because we don’t see many Christians showing up.
Active or inactive Christianity
illustration: active or inactive membership
Active are those who show up and continue to show up.
Signs follow active Christians.
2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
You are not to be following signs…signs are to be following you
Signs follow active believing Christians
Believe- persuaded, place confidence in, trust and intrust
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
They believe because they know
Signs follow active believing Christians who know God
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
These signs were the manifestation of the Spirit at Work
1 Corinthians 12: 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Matthew 7:7 [Full Chapter]
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Matthew 7:9-11King James Version (KJV)
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Seek -seek for revelation hidden uncovered
Knock- open spiritual doors. Doors for access and entry and exit.
Doors are personal gates are corporate
You can open doors for yourself and for others
Let me get that door for you
You must allow time for Faith to work
1. Cake baking-They put all the ingredients together and put it in the oven. But don’t give time for it bake.
2. Hospital patients-wait in the lobby, wait in the room, wait for dr. Wait for testing, wait for lab, wait for treatment, wait wor treatment to work.
Ask receive practice