2 Corinthians 1:20, For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
AMPLIFIED: For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.
Throughout our life, in our day to day living, we encounter questions. Questions that arise in our hearts and questions asked of us by another.
Daily, there is a precious exchange taking place, especially between God and man and among humanity.
This exchange greatly influences the outcome of everything.
That bears repeating, so go ahead and read that line again. You read it right. I said everything.
Whether we realize it or not, it’s in whether or not we ask, that we will actually receive.
We are ever dependent on God’s answer. No one can argue that.
But do we realize that our answer influences our lives equally as much as God’s does?
So much so, that all throughtout the Word, God gave instruction on how to answer.
Matthew 5:37, But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
He also warns us against embellishing the answer….
About a month ago, I was in prayer for the church and the radio station, when the Lord spoke to me and said to begin to deal with MAYBE.
As far as I can tell, when the word says, let your yes be yes and your no be no…maybe would fall into the context of, dare I say it, evil.
Maybe is dangerous middle ground.
When we say it, we don’t have to commit. It’s our safety net.
It’s the seeing first and then believing.
But the Word says in John 20:29, …blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Maybe sets us up for destruction. When we first have to see, in order to then believe, we are destroyed.
Matthew15:31 & 32, Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
Just reading this passage grieves my heart, simply because these men had determined their outcome.
There is no middle ground.
Yes means yes. No means no.
Permitted or not permitted.
Accessible or no access.
We either agree or we don’t.
We either consent to something or we don’t.
While God was working on my answer, I woke up one morning and before my feet even hit the floor, the questions were coming at me. How long will you halt between two opinions?
Or shall I say…question…in the singular.
But, who will agree with me that that is a BIG question?
My problem was, I wasn’t sure where I had halted.
Here’s the story. 1 Kings 18, Elijah had come before the people of Israel. Now Israel believed in God but He was not their only God.
They were worshipping Baal. And Baal simply and not coincidentally means, master, husband, owner, dominion.
They had come to a place where they were enslaved to another master.
They were adultrous in their hearts and were intimate with other “options”, for a lack of better words.
There were certain “things” that had begun to own them and essentially, they had given over dominion to things other than God.
Their priorities had shifted and their alliance to the One True and Living God had been breached.
They had one foot in the kingdom of God and one foot in the world.
In fact, to bring it closer to home, they were in the middle ground between God and man.
If we’ll consider, there are really only three entities that are capable of having an opinion.
3.) Other people
So in reality, they had halted between God and another man’s opinion or between God and their own self.
So truly, the question of the day was, How long are you going to halt between what I (God) have said, My opinion and your own?
I know your interested in how I answered this question but here’s your sign. He’s asking the same question of you.
God wants to establish His Yes in the earth again.
When there is a Yes, there is always an Amen that follows.
The answer always preceeds the being.
Yes is powerful!
A beautiful example of this can be found in Mark 7:24-28
24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. 25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. 28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. 29 And he said unto her, Forthis saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
I’ve always read this and somehow overlooked her yes.
But taking a closer look, what would have happened if she hadn’t said yes?
If you are a parent, you understand what it is to see a need in your child’s life and only the Lord can meet that need!
We come to Him, knowing He will do it.
Or will He?
To sum it up, Jesus had said, no. Her request had been denied and her daughter would go on suffering.
She could have walked away, relinquishing her trust in God.
She could have argued her case with Him.
But she didn’t.
When it looked like He said no…she agreed.
And this gave way to a revelation of hope. That something was reserved even for her.
Jesus said, For this saying…
Where is my trust level?
Would I be like this woman?
When the answer is not what I expect, can I agree with Him?
Will I allow a greater revelation of hope to fill my heart?
Thank God for search engines! Can I get an amen?
Because the idea or thought came to me, How many questions did God ask in the bible?
How many did Jesus ask?
If I were going to preach this Word in only a few days, there’s no way I could glean them all.
Thankfully, someone had taken the time to make a list (with scripture references) of the questions that Jesus asked.
I would love to get into the questions asked in the old testament…through the voice of the prophets and by God himself and in the days ahead, I may post a few of those that are alive and kicking on the inside of me but for now, I’ll focus on these from Jesus.
1.) Facilitate growth. Every parent knows this. From the time our children can speak, they ask. They want to know who, why, when, where and what. Without questions, we cannot grow and learn.
2.) Reveal our capacity. With one question, we discover what we do not know and what we do not have. And with one question, we are provoked to find out, to seek, to ask and to knock. One question has the power to stretch us. We can have more!
3.) Reveal our whereabouts. In Genesis, the first question God asked Adam after he sinned was, Where are you? He asked that question, not because God didn’t know but because Adam needed to come to terms with his whereabouts. He had moved outside the will of God. Are we inside or outside God’s will for our lives?
4.) Determine our intimacy with God and others. We cannot know someone without an exchange of questions and answers.
5.) Will bring us out of complacency. Questions produce a readiness in us and activate the answer within us to manifest.
We cannot afford to read the word as merely a spectator, believing that the bible is another man’s story.
This is my story.
This is your story.
The questions are for you.
The questions are for me.
100 Questions that Jesus asked….
1. And if you greet your brethren only, what is unusual about that? Do not the unbelievers do the same? (Matt 5:47)
2. Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? Matt 6:27
3. Why are you anxious about clothes? Matt 6:28
4. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye yet fail to perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? (Matt 7:2)
5. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (Matt 7:16)
6. Why are you terrified? (Matt 8:26)
7. Why do you harbor evil thoughts? (Matt 9:4)
8. Can the wedding guests mourn so long as the Bridegroom is with them? (Matt 9:15)
9. Do you believe I can do this? (Matt 9:28)
10. What did you go out to the desert to see? (Matt 11:8)
11. To what shall I compare this generation? (Matt 11:6)
12. Which of you who has a sheep that falls into a pit on the Sabbath will not take hold of it and lift it out? (Matt 12:11)
13. How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and take hold of his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? (Matt 12:29)
14. You brood of vipers! How can you say god things when you are evil? (Matt 12:34)
15. Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? (Matt 12:48)
16. Why did you doubt? (Matt 14:31)
17. And why do you break the commandments of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matt 15:3)
18. How many loaves do you have? (Matt 15:34)
19. Do you not yet understand? (Matt 16:8)
20. Who do people say the Son of Man is? (Matt 16:13)
21. But who do you say that I am? (Matt 16:15)
22. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life and what can one give in exchange for his life? (Matt 16:26)
23. O faithless and perverse generation how long must I endure you? (Matt 17:17)
24. Why do you ask me about what is good? (Matt 19:16)
25. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink? (Matt 20:22)
26. What do you want me to do for you? (Matt 20:32)
27. Did you never read the scriptures? (Matt 21:42)
28. Why are you testing me? (Matt 22:18)
29. Blind fools, which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred….the gift of the altar that makes the gift sacred? (Matt 23:17-19)
30. How are you to avoid being sentenced to hell? (Matt 23:33)
31. Why do you make trouble for the woman? (Matt 26:10)
32. Could you not watch for me one brief hour? (Matt 26:40)
33. Do you think I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than 12 legions of angels? (Matt 26:53)
34. Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? (Matt 26:53)
35. My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me? (Matt 27:46)
36. Why are you thinking such things in your heart? (Mark 2:8)
37. Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed rather than on a lamp stand? (Mark 4:21)
38. Who has touched my clothes? (Mark 5:30)
39. Why this commotion and weeping? (Mark 5:39)
40. Are even you likewise without understanding? (Mark 7:18)
41. Why does this generation seek a sign? (Mark 8:12)
42. Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and still not see? Ears and not hear? (Mark 8:17-18)
43. How many wicker baskets full of leftover fragments did you pick up? (Mark 8:19)
44. [To the Blind man] Do you see anything? (Mark 8:23)
45. What were you arguing about on the way? (Mark 9:33)
46. Salt is good, but what if salt becomes flat? (Mark 9:50)
47. What did Moses command you? (Mark 10:3)
48. Do you see these great buildings? They will all be thrown down. (Mark 13:2)
49. Simon, are you asleep? (Mark 14:37)
50. Why were you looking for me? (Luke 2:49)
51. What are you thinking in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)
52. Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I command? (Luke 6:46)
53. Where is your faith? (Luke 8:25)
54. What is your name? (Luke 8:30)
55. Who touched me? (Luke 8:45)
56. Will you be exalted to heaven? (Luke 10:15)
57. What is written in the law? How do you read it? (Luke 10:26)
58. Which of these three in your opinion was neighbor to the robber’s victim? (Luke 10:36)
59. Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? (Luke 11:40)
60. Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbiter? (Luke 12:14)
61. If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? (Luke 12:26)
62. Why do you not judge for yourself what is right? (Luke 12:57)
63. What king, marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king marching upon him with twenty thousand troops? (Luke 14:31)
64. If therefore you are not trustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? (Luke 16:11)
65. Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18)
66. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? (Luke 18:7)
67. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)
68. For who is greater, the one seated a table or the one who serves? (Luke 22:27)
69. Why are you sleeping? (Luke 22:46)
70. For if these things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? (Luke 23:31)
71. What are you discussing as you walk along? (Luke 24:17)
72. Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter his glory? (Luke 24:26)
73. Have you anything here to eat? (Luke 24:41)
74. What are you looking for? (John 1:38)
75. How does this concern of yours affect me? (John 2:4)
76. You are a teacher in Israel and you do not understand this? (John 3: 10)
77. If I tell you about earthly things and you will not believe, how will you believe when I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3: 12)
78. Do you want to be well? (John 5:6)
79. How is it that you seek praise from one another and not seek the praise that comes from God? (John 5:44)
80. If you do not believe Moses’ writings how will you believe me? (John 5:47)
81. Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? (John 6:5)
82. Does this (teaching of the Eucharist) shock you? (John 6:61)
83. Do you also want to leave me? (John 6:67)
84. Why are you trying to kill me? (John 7:19)
85. Woman where are they, has no one condemned you? (John 8:10)
86. Why do you not understand what I am saying? (John 8:43)
87. Can any of you charge me with sin? (John 8:46)
88. If I am telling you the truth, why do you not believe me? (John 8:46)
89. Are there not twelve hours in a day? (John 11:9)
90. Do you believe this? (John 11:26)
91. Do you realize what I have done for you? (John 13:12)
92. Have I been with you for so long and still you do not know me? (John 14:9)
93. Whom are you looking for? (John 18:4)
94. Shall I not drink the cup the Father gave me? (John 18:11)
95. If I have spoken rightly, why did you strike me? (John 18:23)
96. Do you say [what you say about me] on your own or have others been telling you about me? (John 18:34)
97. Have you come to believe because you have seen me? (John 20:29)
98. Do you love me? (John 21:16)
99. What if I want John to remain until I come? (John 21:22)
100. What concern is it of yours? (John 21:22)