Believing Is NOT Receiving

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Have you been praying for something for a long time but have not received an answer to your prayers? Perhaps you’re even beginning to doubt that you will ever get an answer.  For instance, you may have been praying for healing, but you are still sick. Or you may have been praying for a job, but you are still unemployed. Or you may have been praying for the return of a wayward son or daughter, but your child is still estranged from you.

You may have begun to wonder if God even cares.

Well, before you venture farther into the dangerous Land of Unbelief, let me encourage you.  First of all, God still cares about you. Very deeply, in fact. So deeply that He brought you to this blog post.

 

Second, God cannot lie. So, whatever He has promised you in His Word is true and is yours as a Christ-Follower. Healing is yours (Matthew 7: 27). Financial sufficiency is yours (Philippians 4: 19). Good relationships are yours (Malachi 4: 6).

So, what is the problem?

The problem is not on God’s end. It’s on ours. You see, most of us have confused belief with faith, and the two simply are not the same.  

So, what is the difference between belief and faith?

Belief is a function of the mind. Faith is a function of the heart (or spirit). We can believe God with our mind but not have faith in our heart to receive what we are believing for.  

Perhaps this simple illustration will help clarify the difference between belief and faith. I can look at a chair and believe it is a chair. I can believe that it will hold me up if I sit in it.  But it is only at the point in which I actually sit in the chair that I am expressing faith in the chair. In other words, it is only when I take action and sit in the chair that I am trusting the chair to hold me up. When I sit down, I am expressing faith. If I only believe the chair is a chair but I do not sit down in it, I am expressing only belief in the chair, not faith in the chair.  Acknowledging that the chair is a chair is an act of mental assent–an act of my mind.  Actually sitting in the chair is an act of my heart. It is placing my total trust in the chair’s ability to hold me up safely. 

Now, in order to receive God’s promises, I must not only believe that those promises are mine, but I also must receive them into my life. I must surrender to those promises, trusting totally in their ability to produce what they say they will. In other words, I must “sit in the promises,” trusting that they will hold me up safely.

So, how does this distinction apply to healing, for instance? Well, I can believe that I was healed by the stripes of Jesus (1 Peter 2:24), but if I don’t “sit” in that promise–i.e., if I don’t rest in that promise–I will not see it manifested in my body.  If I don’t “sit in the chair of healing,” then I miss the opportunity of allowing the “chair of healing” to hold me up with healing.

So, belief is mentally agreeing with what God said but not acting on it. Faith, on the other hand, is not only agreeing with what God said, but also acting on it. Faith is leaning our entire being on what God said and trusting Him to bring it to pass in our lives.

Faith starts with belief. I first have to believe that what God says is true. But then, I have to build on that belief and act as though what God said is true. This “action” part is called faith.

Faith is total reliance on God to perform what He said He would. It is staking my life on His Word. It is living in complete trust that what He has spoken is true. So, faith is not only believing what God said; faith is surrendering my life to what God said and trusting Him to carry me.

Faith is “sitting in the chair”–resting in it. Faith is RESTING in God’s promise. 

The Bible says that even the devils believe in one God (James 2: 19). But their belief is not enough to save them. Salvation and all that comes with it (healing, provision, peace, etc.) comes not only by believing in God but also by surrendering our lives to Him. The devils have done the opposite and have been damned.

Believing with the mind will get us nothing from God. Believing with the heart will get us everything we need from God.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you simply believe God’s promises or do you have faith in them? If you only believe but do not have faith, ask God to give you His faith.

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FAITH: THE CURRENCY OF HEAVEN

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Currency is defined as a medium of exchange for goods and services. In some places throughout history, people paid for goods and services with their own goods and services. This was called “bartering.” Mostly, however, currency in the form of coins or paper money has been used throughout history as payment for goods and services.
 
As a medium of exchange, currency means that in exchange for something I want (a product), I give you something you want (money). Significantly, this principle of exchange applies to the Kingdom of God as well. The currency of the Kingdom of God is called “faith.” In order to receive from God, we need to use the currency of faith.
 

 

Lest there be any misunderstanding, however, let me make clear upfront that we cannot “purchase” anything from God. All that He gives us is a free gift that flows from His heart of love and mercy. Indeed, He Himself as Christ purchased every blessing for us by sacrificing His very life for us. Christ did all the “purchasing” that was necessary for us to experience salvation and all the blessings that come with it.
 
At the same time, experiencing those blessings requires faith.

Here is how it works: I go to God in need of a particular blessing, be it financial, health-related, job-related, or whatever. I see in His Word that God has provided that blessing for me.

God then says to me, “Do You believe what I say in My Word about the blessing you need? Do you believe 1 Peter 2: 24 where I tell you that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus? Do you believe Philippians 4: 19 where I tell you that I will supply all of Your need? Do you believe James 1: 5 where I promise you that I will give you all the wisdom you need to make wise decisions.”

God then tosses the ball to my court. If I believe what God says in His Word, I will have what God says in His Word. If I don’t believe what God says in His Word, I won’t have what God says in His Word. It’s as simple as that.

 
All that God requires of us is that we believe Him! Nothing more, nothing less. Amazing, no?
 
Actually, what is amazing is that we don’t believe Him!  But why don’t we believe Him? Because we don’t know Him. We don’t understand His character. We don’t comprehend His love. That, in my opinion, is the real reason we do not believe God. 
 
Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if your spouse, your children, or your boss did not trust you? Not very good, right? Well, God is grieved when we do not trust Him.  Faith is simply trusting that God says what He means and means what He says and that He will do what He says He will do.
 
Faith is the key to receiving from God. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11: 6). 
 
But what if you don’t have faith? Or not enough faith?
 
Actually, God has given each person “the measure of faith” (Romans 12: 3).  The Bible tells us He shows no partiality (Acts 10: 34). Just as all of us have been given the same number of muscles, so have all of us been given the same amount of faith. But just as muscles grow stronger only through exercise, so does faith grow stronger only through exercise. This is the reason for the many trials we face.  Trials exercise our faith and make it stronger.
 
Scripture also teaches that “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10: 17). Whatever we hear often enough and long enough, we will end up believing. For this reason, it is critically important that we continually hear truth. And truth is found in the Word of God!
 
Decide today that you will be a person of faith–not because of what you will get out of it, but because of the joy you will give to your Heavenly Father simply by believing what He says.
 
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PRAY, THEN GO PLAY!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
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Whenever my grandchildren scratch a knee or a finger, they run to their Mama for comfort. She kisses the boo-boo, prays for healing, and then bids them go play!

As I recently watched one of these scenarios transpire in my kitchen, Holy Spirit spoke to me. “When you come to me with a problem, do you pray and then go play? Or do you pray and then go fret?”

The Lord’s words brought me under conviction. Too often, I pray and then go fret. Too often, I continue to carry the burden I thought I’d laid at the Lord’s feet.

Too often, I worry.

Worry is a sin. When I worry, I am not trusting God. When I worry, I am not acting in faith. When I worry, I am moving in fear.

What about you? Do you pray and then go fret? Or do you pray and then go play?

Play symbolizes freedom from worry. Play symbolizes peace and rest.

Play symbolizes faith.

Not long ago, Holy Spirit awakened me with this Scripture verse: “The servant of the Lord must not strive” (2 Timothy 2: 24). To strive is another way of saying to worry, to take matters into my own hands, to try to fix things on my own. Truth be told, I can’t fix a thing without God’s help, especially the big problems of life. In every case, I need His wisdom, His discernment, and His guidance.

In every case, I need to pray, and then go play.

Since observing the “kiss-the-boo-boo” scenario in my kitchen, I’ve chosen to switch gears. From now on, when I run to God with a problem, I will leave it there, trusting Him to take care of it. He is bigger than I am, and He can certainly handle the worst of problems. 

And then, I will do what He says. “Pray, then go play!”

Now it’s your turn!  What will you choose to do with your burdens?  Will you choose to pray and then go play? Please post your comment in the box below. Thanks!

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Is Your Sight Keeping You from Seeing?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

What is the opposite of faith? Some would say doubt. Others would say fear. But let me suggest another answer.

I would suggest that the opposite of faith is sight.

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What do I mean by sight? I mean what is observable through our physical senses.

Sight tells me that my checkbook is in the red, or the doctor’s report is bad, or my marriage is on the rocks, or my son will end up in jail, or I will never succeed in my career, or . . . or . . . or . . . .  You get the picture. This kind of sight is earthly sight. It is the sight that keeps us restricted to the earthly, natural realm.

But there is another kind of sight. It is called spiritual sight. It is the kind of sight that can see beyond the natural realm into the supernatural realm.

It is the kind of sight the Bible calls faith.

Scripture says this in 2 Corinthians 4: 18: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

What is unseen by our natural, physical eyes? Every promise of God is unseen by our natural, physical eyes. But when we apply our faith to that unseen promise, it will eventually become seen in the natural, physical realm.

For example, your physical eyes may see a bad report from your doctor. But God’s Word says you were healed by the stripes of Jesus. Are you going to trust what you see with your physical eyes (the doctor’s report) more than what you see with your spiritual eyes (God’s Word about your healing)? When you do, you will see healing manifest in your body.

The believer is to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5: 7). This means that we are to live life primarily through our spiritual eyes and not through our physical eyes. We are to put God’s Word above our physical senses. 

We are to let spiritual sight supersede physical sight.

When we do, we will be walking in faith, and we will experience the truth of God’s Word in our daily lives.

YOUR TURN:  Please share a time when you walked by faith instead of sight.

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How to Defeat the Giants in Your Life

What giants are you facing in your life? Health issues? Money issues? Relationship issues? Whatever the case, you can not only face those giants, but you can overcome them.  How? By using these three weapons:

Attitude. The perspective you take regarding the giants in your life is critical to your success in defeating those giants. Consider the Psalmist David. When he visited the Israeli camp as a teenage boy to bring food to his soldier brothers, he found the Israelites cowering in the face of Goliath. Now the Israelites were grown men and expertly trained soldiers. David was a shepherd boy who had had no formal military training.

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But what did David do? He rebuked the Israelites for their faithless, cowardly attitude. He reminded them that they had God on their side, and he dared Goliath to defy the living God. Listen to David’s words to Goliath, words that reveal David’s attitude: “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.‘”

David knew who he was in God. He knew that his power came from God. He knew that God was mightier than any enemy. And he knew that he could defeat any enemy with the power of God on his side.

So can you!

Methodology. Saul offered David his armor and sword. David refused them because they didn’t fit right. In overcoming the giants in our lives, we must know who we are and act based on that knowledge. We must listen to God’s directions for overcoming each giant in our life.  He may give us one strategy for one giant, and another strategy for another giant. The key is to hear the voice of God and to obey it. David heard God’s voice and obeyed it.

So can you!

Faith. David confronted Goliath head-on, and David did so in God’s strength, not his own. Having developed an intimate relationship with God, David knew Him well and trusted His character. He knew God would never fail him. Simply put, David believed God!

So can you!

Attitude. Methodology. Faith. Three tools that will help you overcome the giants in your life, every single time.

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