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Breaking the Log Jam
4/14/2016 8:03:18 AM by: Dr. Ron Susek

Breaking the Log Jam
by Ron Susek
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For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.
James 1:7
 
     If you feel like a log jam is hindering the flow of answers to prayer, you may be right. James identifies one of the logs, one that caused him to write, "For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord" (James 1:7).
     What could this log be? Double-mindedness!
     The pure in heart are transparent. These people have no hidden agendas, no ulterior motives. They speak the truth of their heart and fulfill what they say. Jesus said these people will see God (Matthew 5:8). A part of seeing God surely means that they will see God acting in response to their prayers.
     Conversely, double-minded people are unstable (shifting and untrustworthy) in all their ways. They can expect to receive nothing from the Lord. Such people may sound correct when they pray, but deep in their hearts are devious motives. And inevitably, self-seeking is at the bottom of the log pile.
     Simon the sorcerer is one such example. What could sound more compelling than for a man to request the power of the Holy Spirit, wanting it so badly that he offered money to receive it? Harshly rebuked by the apostles, he was told to go and see if God will forgive him. They saw through his request to see the crook in his heart that desired to use the power for personal gain.
     The scriptures are clear: there is no good gift that God will withhold from the upright in heart. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change" (James 1:17).
     God will not be mocked by double-minded people with hidden schemes; people who say one thing but intend another.
     The starting point of all effective and productive prayer, then, is to invite God to clear the log jam from the heart, to reveal any shadow of turning, any crookedness of motive, any deception of intent. When this log jam is removed, answers flow like water.
     There may have been a time when you were single-minded and pure of heart. Never assume that this sustains automatically. Time erodes. Change can be as imperceptive as aquifer erosion; ground is disappearing unawares. The change is out of sight until a sinkhole opens and swallows your possessions. 
     Thus, the best way to seek God about a matter is to, like David, ask Him to search you. Otherwise we receive nothing from God, wonder why, and then stop praying.
     Picture a person flailing and about to drown downstream from rescuers. The rescuers could save him except for a log jam blocking them. No matter how compelling his shouts, they are useless. His only hope is for the log jam to be removed.
     Many fools have ignored the log jam, and perished. Be among the wise.
 
Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,
Ron                  
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