Receiving By Faith
Faith means being sure of what we hope for, and faith means knowing that something is real even before we see it (Hebrews 11:1 – New Century Version). Everything we see exists in two realms, the spiritual realm and then the natural, physical realm where we live. Notice Hebrews 11:3: By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. God made the three dimensional world we live in from matter that first existed in the spiritual realm and was spoken into existence by God. Abraham is mentioned in Romans 4 as having the characteristic that God has of calling those things that be not as though they were. Ephesians 1:3 reveals that we have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. 2 Peter 1: 3-4 tells that that by His Divine power the father has provided us with all things that pertain to our natural and spiritual life. Here’s what the Father wants us to do. When we have a need, He wants us to exercise our faith and pull the answer for that particular need from the spiritual realm where it already exists into the physical realm where we live. You see, faith receives what grace provides! This is how it works. You have a need, say for healing or finances, and you know that God has promised in His Word to meet the need. You hope that the need will be met. You hope things get better. The Father wants you to hook faith up with the hope you have to pull the answer from where He is into your life. So you go to the scriptures that promise that God will meet the need. You meditate on them, that is, you read them over and over and mull them over in your mind. This builds the capacity for strong faith. Then you simply ask the Father to meet the need. Jesus said in Mark 11:24: Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. You may see no change in your circumstance after you pray, but you simply believe that God heard your prayer. To demonstrate your belief, every time the need comes to mind, you praise God and thank Him for hearing your praying and answering your request. Your faith takes the place of the answer to the prayer until it manifests in the physical and you can see it. You stay in the “faith” mode until the answer to your prayer manifests. You know that it’s simply a matter of time between the time you pray and the time you actually see the answer. You don’t need to pray about it again, because you know that the Father heard your prayer, and by faith you possess the answer. Your faith is actually the proof that the answer exists in the spiritual realm. According to the nature of the request, it may take a day, week, or months for the answer to actually be seen. But you stand your ground on God’s Word until faith and patience manifests the answer! Living by faith is exciting. No matter what problem in life arises, you know that you and the Father can fellowship together, and that you can exercise the faith that He provides and receive the need met. Exercise you faith today and refuse to allow doubt and unbelief to strong-arm you. With God all things are possible! And all things are possible to him who believes!