How to Receive What Has Already Been Done
20 Dec 2015
Everything that we need for this life was made available for us over two thousand years ago. However, it is important that we believe that the promises of God are really true for us today. We must believe and receive it; trusting that God’s Word is true, even when we don’t see the manifestation of it.
- We have confidence in our prayers when we pray God’s will. God’s Word is His will (1 John 5:14, 15).
- When we ask God for something, we ask Him knowing that He has already provided what we are asking for (Matthew 6:9-11).
- God’s will doesn’t automatically come to pass in our lives.
- We have to really believe and receive His promises.
- For example, it was the will of God for the Israelites to enter into the Promised Land, but their unbelief kept them out (Hebrews 3:19).
- Likewise, how many promises have we failed to enter into because of our unbelief?
- We cannot afford to simply speak religious clichés. We have to believe what we say.
- The Word doesn’t profit us when it is not mixed with faith. We can hear the Word, but fail to believe it (Hebrews 4:1, 2).
- The evidence of what we believe can be found in our words. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).
- A tree is known by its fruit. Likewise, we are known by the words we speak when we are under pressure (Matthew 12:33, 34).
- What is on the inside of us comes out when we are squeezed.
- Empty and idle words come from an empty, idle heart (Matthew 12:35-37).
- How do we crank up our belief?
- Meditate on the Word (Joshua 1:8).
- Thank God for His Word; be rooted in thanksgiving (Colossians 2:7).
- Keep in mind that we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
- Have confidence that the works are finished. Our problems are not a surprise to God (Hebrews 4:3-8).
- Understand that God wants us to enter into His rest. He wants us to trust and rely on Him, not our own efforts (Exodus 20:8-11; Colossians 2:16, 17; Hebrews 4:11).
- The original Sabbath was a shadow of Jesus. In other words, the Sabbath symbolized resting in God and ceasing from human effort.
- We believe in Jesus and rely on Him.
- We labor to enter into this rest. In other words, we persevere in thanksgiving, praise, reading, and speaking the Word although our circumstances seem to contradict the Word.
- 1 John 5:14, 15
- Matthew 12:33-37
- Matthew 6:9-11
- Joshua 1:8
- Hebrews 3:19
- Colossians 2:7, 16, 17
- Hebrews 4:1-8, 11
- 2 Corinthians 5:7
- Luke 6:45
- Exodus 20:8-11