“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1John 5:14-15)
Humility and submission, coupled with faith and trust in God, opens the door to receiving from the Lord.
Now God has given unto us the measure of faith. Not by any amount of faith or belief in our strength or abilities does the abundant life come from, but by our belief in the faith and strength and righteousness and love of Jesus Christ.
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
This is the only direction for our faith.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)
The Bible says in James chapter four verses eight through ten,
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (Jas 4:8-10)
When we cast forth our pride and draw nigh to God in humility then He shall lift us up.
I want to say that this doesn’t come automatically. We need to search our hearts. We need to ask God to reveal areas of spiritual pride in our lives.
And we all have them. None of us have gained perfection.
When God reveals these areas of pride in our lives we must determine in our hearts to cast them away. When we do that then we draw nigh to God.
So many times we have such a battle in fighting the devil. But God says it’s His battle.
The Bible tells us that light dispels darkness and that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)
When we draw nigh to God through humility and obedience to His word and He draws nigh to us, then the light of the glory of God covers us. All the demons of hell have to leave. They cannot dwell in the light of God.
Hebrews chapter 12 verse two tells us,
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2)
This is faith’s direction.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”
This takes all of the effort off ourselves and allows us to rest in what Christ did. This is what the Bible talks about when it says that we are to enter into his rest.
Jesus did it all.
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.” (Heb. 4:1)
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” (Heb. 4:9)