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HOW TO RECEIVE FROM GOD

It may sound mysterious, but faith when viewed from an angle is simply the hand that receives from God. Another way to say this is, faith is the debit card we use to access realities in this kingdom (Hebrews 11:1; Romans 1:17). God is pleased and happy every time we make use of our faith, in fact the Bible tells us that pleasing God starts and ends with faith (Hebrews 11:6). So, we understand that without faith it is truly impossible to please Him. James the Apostle presented to us a picture of the hand that receives from God in his letter – “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the lord…”(James 1:5-7 KJV). There it is!  This validates the non-negotiable need for faith (as a hand) that receives from our father.  As such, in this article we’ll get to understand some few ways we can position ourselves in faith to receive from our abba God.

First off, it’s important to establish this fact. Whatever God says he will do is that which He will do. It is crucial to understand and believe this because as humans we dwell in a fallen world where people, circumstances, and even we ourselves vacillates to bring about disappointment and uncertainty. I bet you can look around and see the unfaithfulness in humans (not entirely deliberate, but like I said, we live in a fallen world). Therefore, we may tend to Subconsciously think God is just another kind of our unfaithful neighbor who doesn’t mean what he says. No. Your colleague in the office, is human. Your technician is a mere man, your employees are humans too, but God is a different kind of being whom the Bible labels as not a MAN that he should lie (Numbers 23:19).

God loves you and He is willing to give a listening ear whenever you call unto him. Even this which I just said may sound weightless to you because you may have been used to hearing the “I love you” cliché from humans who aren’t true to their words and don’t even seem to understand the full import of it. However, child of God, when your Father says I love you, he truly means it. In fact, not only does he mean it, but he has gone ahead to demonstrate it. Romans 8:32 “he that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”. We also see in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to do more than what we ask or think.  This means that for the believer, God is not just able, but he is willing and more than capable to meet all our needs according to the power that works in us. Dearly beloved, God is for us and not against us. Romans 8:31 tells us “what shall we say then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” …amen! What a God! Now say this aloud:

“God is for me!

He is not against me!

He loves me dearly and wants me well”.

God is not withholding anything good from us, he loves us dearly and only wants to do us good. It is vital to understand this, because there are several propositions and suggestions out there that fight to convince us that God is against us.  As such, we have come to believe that God isn’t interested in meeting our needs. In fact, we Christians know and believe that God is powerful to meet any need, but we struggle to believe that God will use his power on our behalf. Hence, the problem! We proclaim God’s goodness with our lips but deny it with our actions. That is to say, our faith is evident in the way we act and carry ourselves, beyond our confessions. Yes, and that’s true, remember the paralytic man that was bed ridden and taken down from the rooftop to see Jesus?  The Bible said concerning Jesus,“…when he saw their faith!”  (Luke 5:20) So faith can be seen? Thus, your attitude, actions, posture, and words can display faith or otherwise. Now, see what the Apostle James said concerning this “…yea a man may say, thou has faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” There it is again, the correlation between faith and our attitude. In the words of James, “Works” there is a relative term; it could mean action, attitude, or posture relative to the situation. Therefore, It’s important to maintain an attitude that aligns with your faith (what you’re believing for). This then means that you should not believe God for healing and concurrently keep up with confessions that contradicts your faith (your healing). As doing this will malign your faith and hinder the manifestation of what you’re believing for. This is reflective of so many of us today. On one hand we claim to be trusting God, but on the other we neutralize it with negative confessions and contradictory actions. This could be one of many other reasons to why we have not received anything yet, amen! Am I saying that we deny or pretend the situation does not exist? No! A thousand times no! But on the contrary, what I am saying is, we must learn to exalt God’s word above our circumstance and keep the right attitude while waiting for the manifestation, and only speak and act in line we what we believe.

Another important aspect of receiving from God that we tend to neglect most times is the will of God. We are well aware that the bible urges us to ask that we may receive. However, in asking or making our request, it must be within the frame of God’s will. This is because faith begins where the will of God is known, and of course the will of God can only be found in his Word – the Bible.   In essence, what you are asking or believing for, are they things that God has promised for you in his Word? Are they things that the finished works of Jesus purchased? What are your motives for asking or believing for those things? Making these inquisitions can help you know if you are in faith (believing God) or in assumption. Many times, we ask and believe God for things that are outside of his will for us. Hence, we don’t receive. 1 John 5:14 tells us “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”. There it is brothers and sisters! Asking or believing according to the will of your Father will always guarantee result. Therefore, it will do you good to spend time finding out the things that God has promised concerning you in his Word and believe Him for them accordingly.

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