I was reading in John chapter 14 and had to read it a few time to really get the meaning of the passage… just to interject, I believe that most of religion and religious leaders today really do not think that God is a loving, kind Dad that wants the best for you and I and that he is not a judge or something to fear. Yes I know it says fear some in the Bible, but look at the translation, the fear is not like the fear of the horror movies. Actually He says not to fear more than He talks about anything else. Why do you think that is?, ok enough interjection, but back to John 14, Phillip an apostle ask Jesus to show him the Father, His response is , 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. (The works that He was performing, miracles, healing)12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. Ok really, Jesus did you just say anything that I ask? I have heard this verse explained away to mean a lot of other things, but I do not find a caveat here at all. What if your dad came to you and said ask anything in my name and I will do it, come on go ahead, ask me? What would you do? Would you ask, and would you get something from your dad? If it was within his power I would. Well then how much more would He love to give us what we ask for.
We fail to understand that God gave you the desires that you have in your heart, he made everything, every cell in your body and He delights in you and who you are. Why do we have such narrow minded Christianity and feel everyone has to conform to what we think. I truly believe that a lot of people are turned off by Christians and their God due to this fact. He loves you far more than you can imagine and passionately wants to have a deep personal relationship with you, one that is fulfilling,lasting and full of UNCONDITIONAL love! Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God, NOTHING! Isn’t that great, that is incredible. The creator of the universe wants to sitdown with you in the quiet place and be with you, talking and enjoying what you have with each other. Try it, find a quiet place and ask Him to come and talk to you, He will come and He will be there.
The passage in John comes after the disciples wanted to call fire from heaven to kill a prophet that was teaching in the next town, and yet He still offered “whatever you ask in my name, I will do it.” Maybe I am just being literal, but I believe He meant exactly what He said. So I am asking BIG! I think He will be tickled to make that happen.
In the quiet place at one time, God said to me, Ken, when you get here, I will never say that you trusted me too much!, I think that was an invitation to realize Him in a whole new way. He is passionate about you too…