Believe you receive

by admin on December 30, 2014 · 0 comments

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Over the years I have heard many people telling others why their faith is not working.  At times I have even fallen into this myself: over-examining why I don’t have what I declared or asked God for.  There is nothing wrong with a little spiritual checkup from time to time, but just because our answer may have not showed up yet has no bearing on whether our faith is working or not.

See, people look at our situations and determine that our faith is not producing because they don’t see any evidence, but faith is invisible.  The evidence of faith can’t be determined by what we see.  People have listened to the immaturity of others and have been talked right out of their faith.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and my friend if you remove the substance there is no foundation for what you’ve hoped for to manifest on.  God would ask us when we are questioning our faith, “Who told your faith is not working?”  He asked Adam and Eve the same thing after they told him they were naked.  Who told you that you were naked?  God didn’t tell them that, and if it doesn’t come from Him it’s untrue.  Let God be true and every man a liar.

Jesus said in Mark 11:23 that if we would believe that those things that we say would come to pass that we would have whatever we say.  Jesus put the focus on our belief.  Faith believes.  It does not look and see to determine if God has answered our prayer.  The seeing part will definitely come, but it will never come if we start to question/doubt if God has answered our prayer or not.

The believing precedes the having.  In the next verse (Mark 11:24) Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”   Do you notice the order that Jesus uses there?  First we must believe.  Believe what?  We must believe that we receive whatever it is that we ask of God.   When we fulfill this requirement the rest of what He said will come.  When we believe that we have what we’ve asked for, and continue in that belief, our requests will show up.

One of my favorite passages is John 5:14-15.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Recently I was discussing these scriptures with my Pastor and He pointed out that that John did not just say “if He hears us, we know we have the petitions desired of him”.  He said that John gave the requirement that “if we know that he hear us”.  We must know that God has heard our request.  Why is that so important?  Well, it’s important because of what Jesus has said about prayer.  He said that we could have anything that we ask for if we would believe we received when we prayed.  If one is not sure that their request has been heard and presented to the Father, then one could not be confident that the Father had given them their request.  That lack of confidence has another name – doubt.  See we must know unequivocally that God hears our prayers and answers our prayers.  Why would we even pray otherwise?

If we’re just hoping God might do something we ask for, and a lot of people are, then we might not even ask for what we need.  With that attitude, if we do ask for what we need then we disqualify ourselves, because we’re not sure that God even heard us or granted our request.  We’ve prayed in doubt, and James tells us that kind of double-mindedness won’t receive anything of the Lord (James 1:7-8).

Determine to stop doubting.  Pray with confidence.  You do this by believing Jesus’ words about faith  explicitly.  You believe and talk faith.  You believe and talk the answer.  You act like God has heard your prayers, and because He has there is no way you could fail.  You stop considering what you see and how you feel, and you will only consider what you believe.

That my friend is the kind of faith that receives every need met and every prayer answered.  That’s the kind of faith that receives the impossible.  It’s the same kind of enduring faith that Abraham had.

He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;  Romans 4:20

That’s the kind of faith that receives the plan of God and changes peoples lives and fortunes.  That’s the kind of faith that receives promises and builds strong families.  That’s the kind of faith that establishes Nations and effects generations of people for centuries.  That’s the kind of faith that will make a sick body well.

This is why the scripture says in Hebrews 11:6, “without faith it’s impossible to please Him.”  Natural human faith is not pleasing to God because it cannot receive God’s plans and purposes for men and women.  It can’t embrace what God so desires for each of us to obtain.  He’s freely given anything that we could ever ask, but our faith must believe that we receive it.

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