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"Ask, Seek and Knock - Keys That Unlock Faith" Sylvia Neusch, Round Rock, Texas
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"Ask, Seek and Knock - Keys That Unlock Faith" Sylvia Neusch, Round Rock, Texas
When we are waiting to see our promises fulfilled it can be easy to become discouraged or lose heart in the waiting. Sometimes it feels like sitting in a theater, waiting for the curtain to open, and we wait, and wait, and wait some more. The curtain has seemed slow to open for many in this season, but rest assured God is moving and working behind the scenes to prepare us and our promises for a Grand Opening that will surely come. Cutting to the Heart of the Matter
But, it can be easy to feel as if God has somehow forgotten His promises to us when we have not seen the manifestation of what we have been promised. This is exactly the situation that Jacob's tribe and the nation of Israel found themselves in, in Isaiah 40:27-28:
"Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say Israel, 'My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God'? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom."
I love how God is able to cut right to the heart of the matter when He zeroed in on the two lies they were believing. Because they had grown weary in waiting, they believed their way was hidden from the Lord, and their cause disregarded by Him.
The Passion Translation puts it like this, "Yahweh isn't paying attention to my situation. He has lost all interest in what happens to me" (Isaiah 40:27).
Friends, if you find yourselves resonating with these words then take heart, for the same keys that God shared with Israel will be equally as relevant for you today as they were for them then. In fact, God released these two keys for unlocking faith in two simple questions, "Do you not know?" and "Have you not heard?" Let's look at the significance of each of these keys and how they function to keep our faith strong while we wait for our promises to be fulfilled:
Do You Not Know?
In this question, the Lord is challenging us to focus on what we KNOW to be true. This is where we can review and recount His faithfulness in our lives and His Word, causing our own faith to begin to rise up again as we remember and recall who He is. Not too long ago, the Lord gave me a phrase, "Remember, and you will stoke the embers." It is in the remembering of what we KNOW that the coals in our faith furnace continue to burn red hot. Faith moves Heaven! Have You Not Heard?
We need to regularly take account of what we have heard God say. Romans 10:17 tells us "...[F]aith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Our faith rests in what we have heard God say. Our faith cannot rest in what we wish He was saying or even in what He has said to someone else. We need to have our own faith journey where we hear God for ourselves. We are told in Matthew 4:4, "...Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." His words to us are Spirit and they are life (from John 6:63)!
When I have become discouraged in waiting to see my prayers answered or my promises fulfilled, God has brought me back to these two questions over and over. Each time I have been encouraged to believe Him while I wait.
As we wait and watch for the move of God and fulfillment of our promises, I am hearing that it is not to be a passive waiting. Like Habakkuk when he stationed himself on the ramparts, he said, "I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me..." (Habakkuk 2:1). Like Habakkuk, our waiting needs to be full of anticipation and expectancy. It is hard to sit down when you are excitedly expectant. Habakkuk stood at his watch, and you can feel his expectancy through the stance he took.
Another glimpse at active waiting can be found in Jesus' own words in Matthew 7:7-8, "Ask and it will be give to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Ask, Seek and Knock
I use to read this Scripture as three different ways to say the same thing. But, a closer look reveals a building progression for "active" waiting as we wait for the answers to our prayers.
First, we are to ask. Sometimes we actually forget this step. A long time ago, God said to me, "Thinking about praying is not the same as praying." So we ask!
The second step is to seek. Seeking implies that we are now actively looking for the answer. As children, we used to play "Hide and Seek" a lot. It may sound too obvious, but I quickly learned that I would never find someone who was hiding without seeking. It can be the same with our prayers or promises. There is an active involvement with the Lord in aligning ourselves with Him by maintaining a "seeking" mentality or stance. We rouse our faith to look for the answers to come.
The third step is to knock. The Scripture tells us that the door will be opened to the one who knocks. As I was meditating on this Scripture, the Lord gave me a picture of ordering something through the mail (Asking). Once I have ordered something, I begin to look for it to come in the mail each day (Seeking). As I wait for the package to arrive, I would never receive it if I didn't use my key to open my mailbox (Knocking). Many times, as we partner with Heaven to see our promises fulfilled, God will give us specific "doors" to knock on. These steps can seem small and insignificant, but many times they are the "knocking" steps of obedience that will cause our doors to open.
The passion translation says, in Matthew 7:8, "For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door."
God is not wasting our waiting moments. On the contrary, He is strengthening and building our spirit to expand and grow as our faith develops during the times of waiting.
"Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen." (Hebrews 11:1 TPT)
Sylvia Neusch Sylvia Neusch Ministries Email: Click here Website: www.sylvianeusch.com Sylvia Neusch is a wife, mother, pastor, author, prophetic voice and prophetic blogger. Sylvia operates with an anointing to sense the times and seasons and encourages the Body of Christ in stewarding the current and coming move of God. Through her writing and teaching, Sylvia has a passion to encourage and equip people to discover their true identities and to mature in Christ to walk in their God-given destinies. Sylvia and her husband Richard are the senior leaders of True Life, a non-denominational church in Round Rock, Texas. They are also the founders and co-directors of the Austin School of Supernatural Ministry as well as regional facilitators in Central Texas for Sozo Ministry.
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Outraged Jews and non-Jews alike are saying "too little too late" after The New York Times apologized Sunday for publishing a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition.
"We are deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon last Thursday in the print edition of The New York Times that circulates outside of the United States, and we are committed to making sure nothing like this happens again," the NYT opinion section tweeted Sunday.
The cartoon depicted a blind President Donald Trump being led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the form of a guide dog. Trump is wearing a black yarmulke and a blue Star of David is hanging from Netanyahu's leash.
"Such imagery is always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it's all the more unacceptable. We have investigated how this happened and learned that, because of a faulty process, a single editor working without adequate oversight downloaded the syndicated cartoon and made the decision to include it on the Opinion page. The matter remains under review, and we are evaluating our internal processes and training. We anticipate significant changes," the paper continued.
Many were quick to reject The New York Times' apology.
"Apology unaccepted, @nytimes," wrote political activist Andrew Pollack. "This anti-Semitic cartoon should've been caught long before it was published. This is also the same newspaper who believes President Trump is spreading hate when, in reality, it's them! #FixIt"
"The Times wasn't explaining anti-Semitism. It was purveying it," Stephens wrote. "It did so in the form of a cartoon"
"Here was an image that, in another age, might have been published in the pages of Der Stürmer," Stephens added. "The Jew in the form of a dog. The small but wily Jew leading the dumb and trusting American. The hated Trump being Judaized with a skullcap. The nominal servant acting as the true master. The cartoon checked so many anti-Semitic boxes that the only thing missing was a dollar sign."
"The image also had an obvious political message: Namely, that in the current administration, the United States follows wherever Israel wants to go," Stephens said.
The Times released an initial statement that did not include an apology on Saturday, which drew even more backlash.
"The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it. It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it," the statement said.
Israeli cartoonist Shay Charka mocked the iconic newspaper in a cartoon on Sunday that depicted the newspaper as a blind person being led by a dog labeled "The Protocols'," a referenced to an anti-Semitic book that claims Jews are trying to take over the world. The collar around the dog's neck reads "BDS", which stands for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.
Just days after The New York Times published the cartoon, an anti-Semite walked into a synagogue on the last day of Passover and opened fire, killing one person and leaving several others wounded.
Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon highlighted the connection between words and bullets.
"Words, demonstrations and the cartoons turn into shootings against #Jewish worshipers. # Antsemitism continues to take victims! Now is the time for action, for a determined war. We cannot allow the forces of hate to revive dark periods in history. #No2Antisemitisem #Pray4SanDiego"
Words, demonstrations and the cartoons turn into shootings against #Jewish worshipers. #Antsemitism continues to take victims! Now is the time for action, for a determined war. We cannot allow the forces of hate to revive dark periods in history. #No2Antisemitisem#Pray4SanDiego