What does it mean to “believe that you receive them”? It means believe you have them before you can see them.
How do you receive something? You reach out and take it. If someone hands you a book, you reach out your hands and take it. That’s correct, but the word “receive” in this verse means something more.
The word “take” in Mark 11:23 means to take with much force; to seize. Mrs. C. Nuzum, in her book called The Life of Faith, says it this way, “…seize with a grip that will not be shaken off…” With natural things that you can already see, you reach your hand out to take something given to you. However, with those things you are praying for, you must use your faith to seize them. Take them with much force. It is not as though you are snatching them from God. He wants you to have it. Once you receive it, you hold on to it, because the devil will try to take it from you. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Resisting the devil, for some people, may mean resisting the urge to not forgive someone that has done you wrong, or resist being bitter toward someone. It could mean resisting strife. These are things that will stop you from receiving God’s best for your life. Any one of these will stop your faith. It is like a pipe that is clogged with grease and grime. Unforgiveness, bitterness and strife are the grease and grime in your life. The pipe represents your faith. Unforgiveness, bitterness, and strife is what clogs your faith, and it is your faith that the blessing flows through.
So, unclog your pipe so that you can seize the blessing God has given you.
In our next writing, we will talk about LOVE: the Power that Unclogs Your Faith.
~ by Carolyn Bridges