You Must Believe That You Receive!
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24).
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12 -NKJV).
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 5:4 - NKJV).
Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find Him (Hebrews 11:6 - NCV).
The tenses must be right to receive from God. Faith believes that God has or God is presently working on your behalf. Faith never looks to the future! If you’re waiting at some point in the future for God to do something for you, then you’re hoping and not believing. You’re in the future where hope is, and you’re not in the past and present where faith is. Don’t just hope and pray! Pray and believe that God has answered your prayer!
Jesus is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). God told Joshua that he had already given Jericho into his hands while the walls still stood high. Before raising Lazarus from the dead Jesus looked to heaven and prayed, Lord, I thank you that you have heard me. He put his prayer in the past tense. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham while he was yet childless. Jesus told the ten lepers to go offer the sacrifice that Moses said for lepers to offer after they were healed. The ten were healed as they went.
I have followed the principle of believing that you receive thousands of times over the period of almost forty six years that I have walked with the Lord. Whether it was believing to receive healing from a simple cold, or to find an apartment in a new city, or buying a house, or believing for ministry finances, or believing for direction as I plan sermons, or believing to sell a car, or believing for a building permit, or believing for new customers in a business I started many years ago, or believing for opportunities to minister the Word to people and share Jesus with them, it all works the same! You must believe it is happening when it looks like it isn’t! It is the most challenging thing I have ever done, and at the same time the most rewarding. God proves Himself faithful over and over again.
Make sure today that you believe that you receive what you need from the Lord. Ask Him, then believe that He has answered the moment you pray. Lift your hands and voice and thanks to Him just like you would if the answer was already there. Faith acts like God has already performed the answer. Faith talks like God has already performed the answer. Faith expects! God’s grace and mercy are available to help you as you reach out in present or past tense faith!