Matthew 7:7-12 NIV – 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
I want you to ask yourself a question – Is It Bread or Stone?
Let’s take a look at what bread represents
-food that sustains life.
-Jesus is the bread of life.
– He nourishes ours spirits
– He removed a heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh.
– Jesus/Bread is the real deal. The way, the truth and the life.
– An object, not alive
– it’s physically hard, when hard hearts are mentioned in the bible its always used negatively when someone is turning their heart away from the will of God.
– it definitely wouldn’t taste good or serve your spiritual life
Deceiving ourselves when its’ obvious:
We can often ask God for something, know his will and then deceive ourselves into thinking a counterfeit or stone is “the blessing”. However after looking at stones and bread above we can see that bread and stone are opposites. They don’t go together, they don’t serve the same purpose. One brings life one brings spiritual death.
If you’re reading this and you’ve been petitioning and praying to God to give you clarity, know that if its qualities are stone like it’s probably stone.
The worst part about self-deception is that you talk yourself into it. God is a good God. In the passage he mentions earthly parents giving good gifts to their children. Don’t reason your way into a curse, because you are too impatient or full of doubt to wait on God’s hand to move and deliver. This could be in relationships, your career etc. You start out in expectation of something amazing. You’ve read and believed that “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us “ (Ephesians 3:20). Then a day goes by, then a month, then a year and you start to pick up stones trying to chew it….and you fool yourself into thinking it’s some bread. Bread and stone are nothing alike.
We see this illustrated again in Luke 18:1-8 NIV :
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
In the above passage even an EVIL judge that doesn’t care about God or what people think will render justice; that which is GOOD when the widow stays in faith.
Prayer/Declaration: Lord, help us to let go of stone so we can receive the bread that you’ve have prepared for us.