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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is February 22, 2021, and this is Episode #3 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “How to Receive from God”.
Most of us Christians spend our lives going after something we already have.
We ask God to do something that He has already done for us ((e.g., heal, deliver, provide) or to give us something that He has already given us.
We rightly believe that God CAN do anything, but we don’t believe that He HAS ALREADY DONE everything.
When we study the Book of Ephesians, however, we notice a critically important truth: Everything has already been accomplished in Christ and given to us.
Ephesians 1: 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
This verse tells us that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings and that those blessings are found in heavenly places in Christ. These heavenly places signify the spiritual realm, So, all of the blessings that God has already given us are located in the spiritual realm.
Well, where is the spiritual realm? For the born-again believer, the spiritual realm is the realm of his spirit because the Holy Spirit lives in the born-again believer’s spirit. The job of the Christ-Follower is to retrieve the blessings that are in his spirit–in other words, in the supernatural, spiritual part of him–and bring these blessings out into the natural, physical realm.
But how do we do that?
Here are three simple steps that will help you to bring the blessings Jesus died to give you–the blessings that are already in your spirit–out into your daily life. Notice, I said these steps are simple, not easy.
- BELIEVE that what God says about you is true.
- SPEAK what God says about you. That is, speak His Word.
- ACT as though what God says about you is true.
Let’s unpack each one of these.
1__BELIEVE that what God says about you is true.
Here are some things God says about you in His Word:
__Luke 10: 19 NLT: “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.”
If you are a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, He has given you all authority over the power of Satan. Using the Name of Jesus, you can drive Satan and all of his demons out of your life. Do you believe this?
__Romans 8: 37 – “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
If you are a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, you are more than a conqueror in every situation. This means not only that you have the authority and power to overcome Satan, but you also can take back what he has stolen from you.
__1 Peter 2: 24 – “By the stripes of Jesus, you were healed.”
If you are a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, He gave you healing in exchange for your sickness when He took the stripes on His back just before His crucifixion. Do you believe this?
__Galatians 3: 13 NIV – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us . . . .”
If you are a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, He took from you every curse–the curse of sickness, the curse of addiction, the curse of alcoholism, the curse of fear, the curse of mental illness—every single curse. Do you believe this?
So, receiving from God requires first that we believe that what He says about us is true–that what He did for us is true.
2__SPEAK what God says about us.
Proverbs 18: 21 NIV tells us that “The tongue has the power of life and death.” What we say controls our future and our destiny. Are you saying about yourself and your circumstances what God says about you and your circumstances? If not, you are missing the boat big time. Repent and start speaking what God says about you.
When we speak, we create with our words. Given this truth, isn’t it wise for us to be careful what we speak? When we speak what God speaks about us, it will come to pass.
3__ACT as though what God says about us is true.
James 2: 26 NIV: “Faith without works is dead.” Works give life to our faith just as the spirit gives life to the body. A body without a spirit is simply a corpse. It is not alive and functioning. Likewise, faith without action is not alive and functioning.
We must back up our faith with corresponding actions that prove we have faith. We must act as though we are healed, delivered, provided for, and so forth. We must place more stock in what God says than in what the doctor says, or our body says, or the checkbook says, or our emotions say. This is the way to victory.
So, to sum up, in order to receive from God we must BELIEVE, SPEAK, and ACT the way God believes, speaks, and acts. We must believe that what God says is true. We must speak in agreement with what God says. And we must act as though what God says is true.
When we do these three things on a consistent basis, we will begin to experience the abundant life that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price of His very life to give us.
NOTE: You may have heard that in every example I gave above, I mentioned that these blessings are for born-again followers of Jesus Christ. In order to receive these blessings, you must be a part of God’s family.
How do you become a part of God’s family? By receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Savior and Lord, pray this simple prayer with me now:
Lord Jesus, I want to experience the abundant life You died to give me. But I know that I must first join Your family by receiving You as my Savior and Lord. So, I choose to do so now. I choose to receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Give me Your grace to follow you all the days of my life. I ask and receive in Your Precious Name. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer sincerely, please write to me at email@example.com. I would like to send you a free e-booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.
Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and can guide you as you grow in Him.
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