Finding That Balance

 
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MATTHEW 7:7-14

7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 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? 12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

What do you need or want? Christ is telling you to approach Him about it for He goes on to say "every one" who does, will see results. God is not in the business of withholding what it is that you ask for; He is the Perfect Father. In keeping with that, we should learn to treat others the way we want to be treated. This is how we are to follow Christ and to find the balance we need.

MATTHEW 7:7-8

7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Notice, "Ask... seek... knock..."- these are all simple, everyday acts which even a little child can understand and do. The first step to finding a balance is getting out of the mindset that the Christian life must be so complicated. It is true, we all must make the time to learn the ways of Christ. But if you've always seen your life as nothing but a never-ending struggle, being a Christian may seem like a very complex, difficult thing. Christ is encouraging us to see life from the simple perspective of asking, seeking, and knocking for God to answer. Even in the most challenging of circumstances, you can learn to find a balance.  

Why do we have what we possess? Because we may or may not have asked for it. Why have we found what we have discovered? Because we may or may not have searched for it. Why are we where we are in our lives? Because we may or may not have knocked on doors which were opened to us. The point is, most of us have the lives we have without ever deliberately asking, seeking, and knocking- without depending upon on God to do very much at all. Oh we say we depend upon Him and trust Him. But how come you don't have peace of mind and know deep down that there is a more fulfilling Christian life than what you're experiencing? When Christ tells us to ask, seek, and knock it is His invitation to a simpler, better life.

Why do we not have what we really desire? Why have we not found what we are looking for? Why hasn't the door been opened? Asking is the act of verbalizing a desire to someone else. Seeking is the act of looking for something we desire to find, which may or may not involve someone else. Knocking is someone on the outside bringing attention to another on the inside so they will open the door allowing access to enter in. Christ is using these basic examples to illustrate how practical it is to live by faith and to find the balance we want. Doesn't this approach sound much simpler than possibly what you've went thru in your life to end up where you are right now?!

Deep down you may desire things that you know you will never be able to attain on your own though you can naturally see yourself having or being involved in those things. Where did these desires come from and why haven't they faded away? We all would like to have more money, good health, and meaningful relationships. But do you believe you are worthy of those things to the point of asking for and expecting them from God? In everyday life, we ask for things from those we believe we can receive them from. We also seek for what we believe we can find. We even go up to doors and knock because we expect for someone to be on the other side who will open them and let us in. Up to this point, most of us have only received, found, and had opened to us only what we expected or felt we could handle. Yet we find time and time again throughout the Scriptures one with faith in God will receive, find, and have opened to him far more than he could expect simply by asking, seeking, and knocking- trusting in God.

We've been taught to never ask for more than what we feel we deserve, to never seek anything that is greater than what we've ever seen before, and to never knock on any doors which are too hard for us to open ourselves. THEN WHY DID GOD GIVE US THE ABILITY TO BELIEVE AND TELL US TO ACT UPON IT THRU ASKING, SEEKING, AND KNOCKING RIGHT HERE?! One who has faith believes that God will provide more than they are willing to settle for- what they truly desire. In order to find that balance we must understanding that God wants to expand our lives thru asking, seeking, and knocking for more than what we are able to accomplish on our own, to take us farther than we are able to go ourselves, and to make us more than we are able to become without His intervention. This is why it is so essential we find the right balance and determine what we desire before we ask, seek, and knock. We begin to find that balance by determining what we desire which we legitimately expect God to bring to pass.

We have certain attitudes about things in everyday life we don't even think about. For instance, when we need or want something, we approach the person we believe will provide what we ask them for. Or when we go searching for something, we do not stop until we find it. And when we knock, we expect for someone to hear us on the other side of the door and are willing to wait until they open it. How come we don't have these attitudes when it comes to approaching our All-knowing, All-powerful Heavenly Father Who is love?! Of course we've all prayed and asked God for things. But what it comes down to is do you believe He will give them to you? We know we are finding that balance when we can confidently answer 'yes' to this question; for notice the certainty with which the results occur "it shall be given you... ye shall find ...it shall be opened unto you".  

What are the traits of one who lives by faith and gets results: church attendance... tithing... knowing more than the preacher? Maybe. But for sure according to Christ they ask, seek, and knock. We will only receive, find, and experience open doors if we are asking, seeking, and knocking with expection that God will reply. However, if you always give up, realize you never expected anything from God to begin with. What must He mean then when He talks here about us receiving what we ask for, finding what we are seeking, and the door opening when we have knocked? Haven't we all prayed for things that did not come to pass? Though we'd love to receive what we've asked for as soon as we request it, it doesn't even work that way in every day life. The whole idea of seeking is the amount of time it takes to look for and find what you are searching for. And when we knock there is always a wait for the person on the other side of the door to respond.

One of the answers then to why maybe our prayers haven't been answered is this matter of enduring and waiting. We live in such as instant society that has conditioned us to be so impatient, we almost refuse to wait and endure. The question is: can you let go of it and has the opportunity for you to receive, find, and have whatever it is you desire, completely over? "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." It all comes down to whether or not you really believe in Him and are willing to endure til you receive, find, and/or have opened to you what you know you desire.

The balance we search for is in how to go on having the peace that your desire will come to pass while you are still without it. We can allow ourselves to get frustated at different times as we wait, even as we are working so hard on ourselves, controlling our thoughts, and following God's narrative of your life as it unfolds toward our goal. But if you are one who has asked, then He says right here you will receive it. If you are one who has been seeking something, He says you will find it. And if you are one who is knocking, the door is going to open, according to Christ. If you are one who means business then He says: "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." DO YOU BELIEVE HIM? He gives no conditions, there is only your faith. The challenge is to find that balance which provides you peace of mind as you continue to wait, still remaining within the life and world you previously created before which is fading away. How do you know it is fading away? Because in your heart, you know that it is. Finding that balance is letting that feeling of already having your desire carry you til it actually comes to pass.

MATTHEW 7:9-11

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?

Now we get to look at it from the perspective of a providing parent in relation to a petitioning son, seeing it the way God does when we ask Him for things. Christ does this to emphasize the simplicity and level of comfort we as His children should have in approaching God with our desires. True, He is the Almighty God and there is to be reverence. But He is your Father Who is in you, so there shouldn't be this idea of any distance between or of God being disinterested in our requests. Christ even says in another place that our Father knows what we have need of before we ask Him anyway. WHAT WE NEED TO GET IS THAT HE WANTS US TO APPROACH HIM BELIEVING HE WANTS TO GIVE US WHAT WE WANT. Do you believe God will give you what you have asked Him for? Do you believe God will help you find what it is you are looking for? Do you believe God will open the door? THAT'S WHAT FAITH AND FINDING THIS BALANCE COMES DOWN TO. 

Christ is also going into the realm of satisfaction. We are only satisfied when we receive what it is we want. This is the balance of response, not to give someone something different than what they have asked for- a stone for bread or a serpent for a fish. When you know your desires and you ask God for something, what do you expect His response to be? If your child asks you for something and you have it to give them, what do you do? You give it to him freely because you want him to be happy and satisfied. The act of children asking their parents for things is a given. A good parent feels a sense of loving obligation to that child because that child came from and belongs to them. This is within a good parent, without the child even having to ask for anything. According to Christ, when the child actually does ask his parent for something, that parent is not looking to give them something which is not what the child asks for and neither is God.  

Why would a child want bread? Because he is hungry. It's the same thing with wanting the fish. If the parent gave them a rock or a serpent when the child has asked for something to eat, he would be considered a bad parent. Never get it in your mind that God wants to give you things that you do not want or need. GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU THE BEST. 

Christ is comparing us as human parents in flesh bodies to our Father God Who is Spirit. Because of our carnal minds the very best of white parents are "evil" in comparison to the perfect Father of Lights. So if it is a no-brainer for you "to give good gifts unto your children" then why do you doubt your Father when you ask for things from Him? ARE YOU A BETTER PARENT THAN GOD?! It could be either a lack of trust in God or the lack of a sense of self-worth on your part. You must work out this thing of not loving yourself or you will never ask God for anything believing He will actually give it to you. As Christ shows us right here, this again is reflected by how you treat others:

MATTHEW 7:12

12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

We want to go on and on about how many times we've read the Bible or how much we think we know. Yet according to Christ, it is all summed up right here. If you want to measure your own maturity or that of someone else- here it is, for Christ says "this is the law and the prophets" or this is the whole point of the Scriptures. This is what has been called The Golden Rule, often expressed as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." You see, it all comes down to how you want to be treated or how your lack of self-worth will always come back to haunt you in your dealings with others, even God. The way we treat others reflects how we feel about ourselves and God.

Because of the familiarity we have with this idea, we may be taking for granted the significance which it carries. We also cannot allow its simplicity to sway us from its immeasurable depth and meaning. For it is an eternal wellspring of hope, which could help provide us the balance we need. In a practical sense, you can see how much you are worth to yourself and how much faith you have in God, by your attitude toward others. If you look to treat others good and are wanting to help them, then you probably expect God to bless you and He is. But if you are standoff-ish, bitter, distrustful, stingy, and one who rarely helps others (and even then with conditions) it is because you find your worth in external things which is the root of your very low self worth. Yet if you want God and others to give to you freely then you will give freely to others and God.  

The balance we need comes thru focusing on treating others right. Loving yourself is not becoming self-centered, but putting your attention on the needs of others because you understand the words of Christ right here. STOP EXPECTING OR TELLING OTHERS HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED AND START TREATING THEM THAT WAY. Understanding this gives us all the motivation we need to be the best to others we can be. Yet if we are not aware of the power of Christ's statement here, realize it can be a two-edged sword; for what we do to others will be what others do to us, whether it be good or bad. It even effects our prayer life.

Someone might say, "Well how does what we do to others effect how we pray or how God will answer us?" Notice at the beginning of this verse the word "Therefore" which means this statement is drawing a conclusion from the previous verse or verses. Understand, Christ isn't just throwing out a bunch of random ideas here which have no continuity or relation to one another.The previous verses are talking about approaching God with our desires: asking, seeking, and knocking. Therefore we see this reoccurring principle in the Scriptures that what we do and how we treat others is reflective of how we feel about God and how He will resond to our asking, seeking, and knocking. How we treat others effects how much confidence we have when we approach God with our desires. This is yet another example of Christ teaching the law of attraction.

Someone might say, "Well, I've just prayed and prayed for this and I just don't think God is going to do it." The reason they feel that way is because they have been stingy and distrustful, being in no hurry to help anyone else. WHAT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO IS WHAT YOU WANT OTHERS TO DO TO YOU OR FOR YOU, AND HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. If you just want to be left alone then don't expect anyone to want to be around you. But if you are full of love, open and willing to help others ever how much you are able, then expect others including God to give you your desires and to be willing to help you in your time of need. As we have studied, it all comes down to how you feel about yourself reflected by how you are toward your brother.

MATTHEW 7:13-14

13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

If you see a bunch of different ways you can treat your white brethren other than with as much dignity, love, and respect as is possible, then you have not entered the strait gate and are not on the narrow way which leads to life according to Christ. WHITES NOT DOING GOOD TO ONE ANOTHER IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION. Do you really believe just getting a head knowledge of Christian Identity without it changing the way we live is going to be enough?! Until we take to heart what Christ says here, we have not found the balance we need. Until our racism runs deeper than the external we are still on the broad way of destruction. Until we begin to see doing good to our white brethren as "the way, which leadeth unto life" we have no real power from God.

Though what we have just looked at seems like common sense and so simple to understand, Christ describes it as the narrow way that few people find, why? Because it is personal introspection and falling in love with the Christ Who lives within you and all your kin. It means you begin to see everything you have as a way to help others. It involves trusting God to the end.

Though we love to watch men perform great feats of strength and agility, there are "few" which are actually willing to make the sacrifices and go thru all the necessary training to for instance, walk on a high wire. But can you imagine the thrill of putting everything you have into being hundreds of feet above a captive audience as you walk across a thin wire, from one end to the other?! IF YOU DARE TO LIVE THIS WAY, INWARDLY THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING ACCORDING TO CHRIST. Do you want to find that balance to live the rest of your life this way? Whether you like it or not, people are watching you and they need to see one of the "few" asking, seeking, and knocking for results from God. Maybe you've told others you are an Identity Christian along with everything they need to believe; but how have you treated them?

This is clearly an invitation for every Israelite to "Enter" the kingdom of God in this life. Entering the kingdom of God is acknowledging that you have the Spirit of God, resulting in having an attitude and actions in line with this particular faith and practice. We recognize there are only two options: the "strait" gate and the "wide" gate. We know many are entering the wide gate as we are witnessing so much destruction. While only a few even find the strait gate which leads to this narrow way of life. Have you entered in the strait gate? Do you approach God expecting Him to give you what you ask for, look for, and to open doors for you? How do you treat those around you? Basically if we are not asking, seeking, and knocking in faith while treating our brother with kindness and mercy, we have not entered in the strait gate no matter how straight we think we are on our doctrine. If the strait gate is indeed Two Seedline Christian Identity, then we must understand it wasn't meant for us to just barely enter and then set up camp to keep an eye on who we think should or should not come in. God is in charge of who comes in, not us.

Finally, if one does not see everything good they receive as a gift from God (including their health and means to make a living, their talents, abilities, even their job or business) then that's probably the reason they never would expect God to intervene in a supernatural way in their life. Yet if you find that balance on the narrow way, you cannot help but expect it.

REFLECTION

After reading what Christ has said here, do you really believe God is holding out on you? Or could it be we just need to rethink our approach and take these words to heart? The words, attitudes, and actions we give to others will be what we receive in return. Be willing to change whatever you must to find that balance of peace which leads to receiving, finding, and having opened unto you everything you desire.