A.S.K. = ASK, SEEK, KNOCK by Jimmy and Carol Owens

A.S.K. = ASK, SEEK, KNOCK by Jimmy and Carol Owens  Google Jimmy and Carol Owens blog for much much more.

Jimmy and Carol Owens are pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music. Their musical praise and prayer presentations Come Together, If My People and Heal Our Land have impacted nations. Dramatic musicals—Show Me!, The Glory of Christmas and The Witness—have brought thousands to Christ. The classic musical for children, Ants’hillvania, written with Cherry Boone O’Neill, was both a Grammy and a Dove Award Finalist as best recording for children. Ants’hillvania II: The Honeydew Adventure, and the Bee Attitudesalbums have taught God’s character and ways to multitudes of enthusiastic kids.The Owens’s book, Restoring a Nation’s Foundations, targeted for American intercessors, has also been adapted for the United Kingdom under the title Heal Our Land, to accompany the national prayer campaign there.Their God Songs: How to Write and Select Songs for Worship, co-authored by Paul Baloche, was given the WorshipMusic.com Book of the Year Award in 2005.Jimmy and Carol received the Christian Artists’ Music Achievement Award in 1986. Jimmy was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2001.Jimmy and Carol have been married since 1954. Both of their children are in ministry: Jamie Owens Collins is a well-known recording artist, songwriter and speaker. Buddy Owens is an author and a Teaching Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, working alongside Pastor Rick Warren.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL (SMMI)

SMMIJimmy and Carol serve through the ministry of School of Music Ministries International, which they founded in 1991. The organization provides leadership in organizing ministry events, Christian prayer publications, spiritual development and mentoring of young Christian musicians and a base operation and oversight for those who have a history of Christian ministry through music and teaching. SMMI consists of related ministries who share this common vision

Looking for God? Or looking for more of God?  Well, he says he is available. So here’s the question: how do we connect?

doorJesus is the connection. He said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20 NKJV).

Here is good news! God is just waiting, even for honest doubters, to cry out for a little revelation! In fact, he is knocking at their doors, our doors, eager to oblige.

Here is a sublime theological point: The door to the human heart can be opened only from the inside. God doesn’t force his way in.  Instead, he waits for our response to his availability. All we have to do is open the door—wide— and ask with open heart and mind.

Even if we know that God promises to be there for us, sometimes we don’t feel his presence or see him moving in our lives. Then even strong believers pound on his door and cry out, “Where are you? Where did you go?”

They, too, need fresh reminders that he is there, aware and listening—and that he promises to respond:Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Luke 11:9)

Here God invites us to knock at his door so he can reveal himself to us and help with our needs. Jesus says, Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.(Luke 11:10.)

The interesting thing, the vital thing, about Jesus’ use of the word “knock,” is that it means “to keep on knocking.” Persistently, confidently…trusting in the love and faithfulness of God to answer us.

So, this is the way it works: Christ knocks at our door and gains entrance; we knock at Christ’s door and gain more of his presence and fellowship and provision for every need.

God wants all to come to the knowledge of the truth. That’s all; not just the holy, not just the religious, not just the virtuous—but all. That’s us.

What do you think might happen if you pray for a new revelation of his presence? What might it change in your life when the awesome God answers that prayer?

Can you see ways in the past in which God may have tried to show you that he is always there?—that he is paying attention and working in your life?  Times of special blessing? Rescue from harm? Unexpected provision? Did you chalk it up to luck or coincidence?

That was Jesus knocking. The Son of God cares about our cares. Isn’t that amazing? He is always there for the serious seeker.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. And in Proverbs 8:17 God says, “…those who seek me diligently will find me! God keeps his promises!

Keep knocking!

 A.S.K. = ASK, SEEK, KNOCK by Jimmy and Carol Owens. Google Jimmy and Carol Owens blog for much much more.