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How to Receive from God
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In Jewish customs, the law made them declare themselves unclean when they came near someone or pass by them. That person had the right to know that they had Leprosy and were contagious. They had a law that if someone received a miracle healing from Leprosy, they were to return to the priest and show themselves to him. He would declare them clean or unclean. If they were declared clean, then they could return to life with other Jews being no longer separated because of their illness. When Jesus healed the leper referred to in Mark, chapter one, He commanded Him to go and show himself to the priest as was the custom.
Read these scriptures…(Mar 1:40) And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. (Mar 1:41) And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. (Mar 1:42) And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. (Mar 1:43) And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away. (Mar 1:44) And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
As in every Old Testament story, He is teaching us from this about our faith walk today. This is just another metaphor (or type and shadow). I want you to get a hold of this revelation on receiving from God.
We have often read this scripture and were fed by it. However, it says more than we have been seeing. Look at it again. (Rev 12:11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony… Sometimes when we see the word “word” it is literally another name for God. Sometimes it means His Holy Scriptures. In this case, the word of their testimony has a different meaning. Word is talking about speaking. The speaking of your testimony is your act of faith in receiving from God.
He said in (Jas 1:22) But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. To be doers of the word, you must act on the word. When you receive a miracle, it is up to you to receive it by faith. Act on the Word. That means put some word in your testimony. If you confess that “God can,” then you have reached hope. When you confess from your heart that “God will,” you are still in hope but your faith level is growing. You are moving into receiving from God but you are not quite there yet. When someone, for example, prays for your healing, let you testimony be “God is.” That is making Him a right now God. That is receiving from God.
What is the word of your testimony? How do you receive from God? You must bring Him into the NOW. I think this verse found in Hebrews 11:1, has been misquoted for years. Yes, it says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, but that is not exactly what it says. It says NOW. Now faith is the answer. Bring your faith into the right now He is doing it. That is how you can receive from God. This is the day that He has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Heb 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We brought up the scripture found in James 1:22 about being a “doer of the Word.” Well, let’s go a little further down here in verse 25. If you will notice it says a doer of the work, not word right here. (Jas 1:25) But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. It takes effort for you to receive from God. You must be a doer of the WORK. To receive from God, you must speak your testimony in faith. Maybe you have not seen a thing in the natural, but it says it in the word and that is good enough. Choose to stand with your testimony. Then God can work with your words and do your full miracle. (Read=Mark 16:20) When you speak correctly, the Lord will work with you. The result is signs and wonders.
Joshua and Caleb went to spy out the land. God has sent twelve spies. Only two came back with a good report. They all saw the same thing, but only Joshua and Caleb were looking through the eyes of faith. They said “we are well able.” The ten said “there were giants in the land and we looked like grasshoppers in their sight.” Only Joshua and Caleb entered into the promised land. It was because they had believed by faith what God promised and they had given testimony of it when they chose to believe what God had promised over anything else.
Receiving is a choice. In order to walk in the blessings of Abraham as you have been promised, you have a choice to make. You must choose to receive and obey the instructions. You must believe that when you do obey, the Lord is honest. He cannot tell a lie. That is impossible. He said He would do it for you. You must choose to receive every promise. He is doing it for you. Receive it right now. In (Deu 30:19) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
You receive it by believing God is doing it right now. Quit putting off your miracles into the future. Fast from wrong thinking and wrong speaking. Now that is a fast! Wrong thinking…. That is for another time.
In the story of David just before he went after Goliath, he encouraged himself with his past victories. He was teaching us to walk in faith here. David gave himself testimony of the times he killed the bear and the lion who had tried to kill his sheep. We need to look around and see what God has done. Declare it. Feed yourself and others with the word of your testimony. We must encourage ourselves with those words of victories to build faith. (Read=Romans 10:17)
In the story found in 1 Samuel 30 below, David had two of his wives taken hostage along with the families of all his army while they were out fighting the battles. The men were so distressed they wanted to stone David. David had to encourage himself. He gave himself testimony of the Word of God. He spoke of past victories and future promises. He kept testifying what he knew to be the will of God, unto his faith was strong to go get their families. (1Sa 30:6) And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. Faith comes from the Word of God, so David had to have been testifying the Word of God to build his faith back up.
We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. We must come into agreement with the will of God. (Read=1 John 5:14-15) Testify the will of God with your name in it. It is for you, just as it is for me.
Years ago, I was ministering in the Bahamas at a Church there of about 500 people. They had many customs which were different than ours. The pastor called for testimony time. All 500 people got up and began to speak at the same time. They confessed the Word of God about themselves, their families and their friends. They made testimony of the will of God. That was receiving from God. In our church testimony time was telling a few tales of what God had done for some people. Their way of “testimony” time in the Bahamas was great. It fit right with that scripture in Revelation 12:11.
The biggest issue you must learn to deal with as you grow in faith is to receive from God. I heard a story of a man who found out that he had a son who was already grown up. The parent was worth billions and this son was his only heir. He set up a checking and savings account that his son could access at any time any and all of his estate. The son was given the instructions that if he ever needed anything, just write a check. After some time, now money had been withdrawn from the account. When they went to check on the son, this was what they found. The son was without clothes, shelter and even food. When ask why he didn’t just write a check, the son said he didn’t feel worthy of the money. Can you imagine how disappointed that Father was when he wouldn’t receive his money? How disappointed is God when we won’t receive what He has already bought for us when His son died on Calvary. He just asks for you to receive.
I have been blessed with a Granddaughter. My son married a girl with a four year old daughter. She is now an adult. From the beginning, she has always loved presents. No matter what it is, she is always grateful and appreciates whatever she get. It is such a joy to give her gifts, because she receives them and enjoys them so much. The Lord wants you to learn to receive so that He can joy over us.
Every time you give testimony, you are receiving by faith. Read again Revelation 12:11.
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