Believe and Receive
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 NKJV
Did you know everything God promised in His Word has already been done? We only need to believe to receive it by faith and trust that God’s Word is true. The provisions of Jesus Christ accomplished through His death, shedding of His blood, the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell believers is our potential. The provisions need to be recognized, affirmed and acted upon or they remain unformed in the substance of God. The provisions of God, found in His promise, are activated when the Word we hear and speak is mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:1-2). By understanding who we are in Jesus Christ and what He paid for, we receive His promise of provision for all things.
To receive is to take into one’s possession; to be given or presented with. In order to receive God’s gifts, we must see ourselves as receivers. When we know we are receivers, we are ready to receive His flow of abundance. Knowing that God is the Giver, we receive all that He generously gives us.
Speaking the word ‘receive’ becomes a portal for the total provision and continuous supply that belongs to us because of Jesus Christ. A portal is an open doorway that allows provision both ways. The portal of heaven is our mouth and the words we speak (Romans 10:8, Hebrews 1:3). Using the word receive properly makes the open door contact with invisible substance.
Everything changes for the better when you declare, “I receive with thanksgiving and praise.” The Holy Spirit is our ability to receive all things and to be thankful in all things. A thankful attitude and our spoken words of faith activate the Holy Spirit to activate the provision of God’s promises.
Whatever is received with thanksgiving and praise is sanctified by the Word of God. Sanctified means by the work of the Holy Spirit, released by our words of thanksgiving and by our grateful attitude. Then everything does what it is supposed to do. Words spoken with thanksgiving work in an appropriate way, so we experience total provision and continuous supply.
The word of God and prayer is the working of the Holy Spirit to perform the word we speak by faith (I Timothy 4:4-5). Abraham is our father of faith. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, giving glory to God. He was fully persuaded that what God promised, He would perform (Romans 4:20-21).
Activate and receive your gifted position by saying so! There is no limit to what God can do for those who dare to believe. It makes the impossible possible!
How to Use ‘Receive’ as a portal for Total Provision and Continuous Supply
1. Believe. “And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22). Prayer is talking to God, listening to God and enjoying His presence. We pray and ask God for something, yet, sometimes we keep asking for the same thing over and over, creating a mental block to receiving. Believe it is our privilege to be provided for by our Creator. The fear of telling God what to do is a religious idea. It is the opposite of receiving what He has already done and what He freely gives (Romans 8:32). Because of God’s gift of grace, we take His promises by faith in order to receive His provision. God owes us nothing, we deserve nothing, but He freely gives us everything. Grace can be a challenging concept if we have been taught we must perform to be rewarded. We are to believe and receive with thanksgiving.
2. Salvation. Salvation is the assurance of eternal life with Jesus Christ; never earned or deserved. What a joy to realize a relationship with Jesus is not based on our behavior, it is because of Jesus. We no longer need to waste time trying to ‘feel’ close to God nor do we need to ‘recommit’ ourselves to Jesus because now we live from His commitment to us.
3. Health. In order to walk in God’s health provision, we must come to a place where we stop asking to be healed and receive the healing provided by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5). Without revelation, we panic and become fearful when something unexpected happens. We turn to ‘emergency’ prayer rather than casting the care upon the Lord, receiving His provision and waiting to see the good (I Peter 5:5, Romans 8:28). Can you believe it is possible to have a perfect health, a pain-free body? When we change our thinking and speaking, everything changes!