Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Mahogany’s Child Wellness Conference, Rev. Vanessa O. Ward preached as our lunch keynote speaker. Coming from the text Mark 11:27-33, she entitled her sermon “Learning to Ask the Right Questions”.
Here are her sermon highlights:
– We’re in some of the situations we’re in because we didn’t ask the right questions.
– God’s questioning causes us to evaluate what’s most important in our lives.
- He already knows the answers to our toughest questions.
- His questions remind us who He is.
– We don’t have to answer every question posed to us.
- Some people don’t want you asking tough questions because you’re getting answers that will make your life better and make them reexamine their lives. These people will ask questions that cause us to question God’s will or the answers we’ve just gotten from God.
– Not asking the right question can get us into trouble.
– What do you put your time and money behind? What do you support?
– How to Pose the Right Question:
- You must evolve to walk under the authority of God: When we walk under the authority of God, we begin to ask questions according to His will and not ours. Psalms 1 tells us to speak boldly in the authority of the Lord! It’s not always comfortable to walk under His authority, because it disrupts the flow of things and minimizes our authority.
- You can’t be shaken by the opponents: The enemy tries to base our possibilities off of our pasts. He determines what God can do based on our skills, education and family background, while God determines what can be done based on His unmerited favor.
- Realize God is concerned about the questions we ask: God has a plan for our asking these questions. We are all a part of a plan that’s not just for us. Our deliverance affects others. Righteous living builds the kingdom of God. We’ve gotta trust God. He has a plan for us!
So, Rev. V. Ward is one of my favorite preachers of all times. She is the primary reason I attended this conference. I look up to her since she is a beautiful, virtuous woman of God. Her sermon definitely made me look at my current situation and start asking questions that I really don’t wanna ask, like “What does God really want me to do in my life?”, “Where does God want me to go?”, “How does God want me to serve Him? In what capacity?”. Sometimes we have the right questions to ask, but we’re afraid to ask, because we aren’t ready for answers that counter our will. Also, we’re afraid of moving outside of our circles, because, as Rev. Ward said, when you ask questions that cause you to grow, others have to start re-examining themselves and they’ll change, too or get angry and rebellious.
So, do you know how to ask the right questions about your life and of others? If not, pray and ask God to give you wisdom like King Solomon did and you’ll be blessed. If you know how to ask the right questions, but don’t want answers that counter your will, it’s time to submit and surrender our will to His.
May God bless you and all those around you with peace in all your circumstances and decisions. Start asking the questions He’s told you to ask. He already has the answers, you’ve just gotta ask. Remember, to ask the right questions, you have to walk in His authority, stay strong when the enemies try to shake you, and remember those questions have to be asked.