[SW230] 04/22//2016 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“Ask and Receive”
Whatever we ask, we receive! Whatever! Oh, the people on whose behalf you can ask the Lord! And even ask when you yourself need His touch!
Text: 1John 3:21-24
Whatever we ask, we receive. Whatever!
What does it mean to to ask?
“Ask” means this — The humble petition to one in higher authority, from one lesser in position. We are subjects who are petitioning our King.
What are the conditions, in order for the askers to receive what they ask for?
— Their hearts do not find fault in them, because . . .
— They keep His commandments. Period. And His commandments are not burdensome, because His love has been perfected in them (1John 2:5). Their hearts are completely filled with His love.
— And they do what is pleasing in His sight, for the same reason!
What are His commandments?
— To believe in His Son’s name. That is, to believe that Jesus is all that He says He is, and does what He says He does. With Peter, we say, “You are the Christ, the Holy One of God.” (See Mark 8:29, John 6:69).
— To love one another (with His love, John 15:12)
What about the Ten Commandments?
Jesus said He is the fulfillment of the Law (Matthew 5:17). He means this:
— Through faith in Him, you are saved from God’s wrath. He took it for us, on the cross.
— He then rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and was glorified, returned to the glory He had before anything was made.
— He then poured out His Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, when believers prayed and asked Him.
— When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, your heart is cleansed and purified, and you are filled with God’s love. Again, His love is perfected in you. Then you have power over sin because God’s love has filled your heart, and you love with His love.
— Therefore, you do the first four of the Ten Commandments because you love GOD with God’s love, and you do the last six because you love OTHERS with His love.
— His commandments are no longer burdensome, because His love has been perfected in you (1John 2:5, 5:3)
— You do the things that are pleasing in His sight (He sees what you do and rejoices to see it, and you sense His pleasure and are overwhelmed with joy unspeakable/indescribable and full of glory!).
What are the things that are pleasing in His sight?
There is just one thing from which all else flows — to love Him with His love. Then you will:
— Pray without ceasing
— Worship and praise in Spirit and truth
— Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and testify about Him
— Grow in grace (the divine influence upon the heart, and the reflection in the life) and in the knowledge of our Lord (2Peter 3:18)
What is the result?
— You are continually in His presence
— His presence is continually in you
— Your heart does not condemn you (find fault) and you have confidence (assurance) as you stand before the Lord, that whatever you ask, you receive. Whatever!
How does this happen?
By the Spirit whom He has given us!
How do you know He has given you His Spirit?
— Abba! Father! The Spirit testifies (Romans 8:15-16). That is the first thing. Then . . .
— You cry out to be filled with the Holy Spirit
How do you know you are filled with His Spirit?
— You exhibit the fruit of His Spirit (Galatians 5:23-24).
— You walk as Jesus Christ walked, in this world (1John 2:6).
— You hate sin like He does
— You love those who hate you
And so, whatever you ask, you receive! Whatever!
What do you yourself receive?
— Continuous, holy intimacy with God
— Unity with the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
— Spiritual gifts, for the common good of the church
— The wisdom and counsel of God, to aid others and ourselves in our walk
with the Lord
— Healing and deliverance for others because we see their needs through His eyes, and for ourselves, when we are in need or are being attacked.
Do you obey His commandments? Do you do what is pleasing in His sight, so He rejoices over you? Then ask, and you will receive! Whatever!
But what if your heart condemns you today?
Do you sin? Do you see that you do not do the things that are pleasing to God? Do you know that you are not as Christ was in this world?
— John says that no one born of God sins (1John 3:6), and he cannot sin (1John 5:9). Literally, “cannot” means it is impossible. That is only possible when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, filled with God’s love and power over sin.
What is sin?
Paul tells you in 1Corinthians 6:9, and Jesus expands upon that list in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, and 7).
Is your situation hopeless?
God forbid! Here is what you must do:
— You must be born from above, by the Holy Spirit, so you can see and enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:3, 5), and then,
— Your heart must be cleansed/purified, by being filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:9), so you are set free from slavery to sin (John 8:36) and filled with God’s actual love and power.
Jesus Christ is here today to save you, purify your heart, and fill you with God’s love and power which will set you free from the power of sin, if you will agree with Him that you are not keeping His commandments and doing what is pleasing in His sight!
That is the greatest healing and the greatest deliverance of all!
Then, whatever you ask, you will receive! Whatever!
God will be glorified through your life.
Now, my heart does not condemn me. So I am able pray for you, that you may receive this word, and healing in every way, in your body, and in your walk with the Lord.
I have asked, and so you will receive, if you believe!