Reality - Chapter 3

Believe and Receive 

MARK 11:24
"Therefore I say unto you, WHAT THINGS SOEVER YE DESIRE, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive."

1 JOHN 3:22
"And whatsoever we ask, WE RECEIVE OF HIM, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

Notice the words in Mark 11:24, "What things soever ye desire…" These things might be anything we know the Word says we can believe for: healing for our bodies, new clothes, a car, a new job, money, etc. All of these are "what things soever we desire!" So when we have a desire we need to build ourselves up in faith first so that we can receive those desires.

If we look at the above three scriptures together we can find a key to understanding the operation of our faith. Look at these verses this way: "WHAT THINGS SOEVER YE DESIRE, keep BELIEVING that God will do it for you, knowing WE RECEIVE OF HIM."

In other words, we must believe God will give us our desires because He is our source. When we desire anything, we can have confidence in what we ask, knowing whatever we believe, we will receive. 1 John says confidence comes to us because we know that God hears our petitions.

1 JOHN 5:14, 15
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the PETITIONS THAT WE DESIRED OF HIM."

Hebrews 11:1 speaks about faith in this manner: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Your desires or expectations are the things hoped for. Desire and hope are similar to having a vision or dream of success.

Hope gives your faith something to operate on. Desire is the key to what you believe.

What is your desire? How does desire effect what we believe?

One definition of desire is: The mental effort of stretching oneself out for a thing, of longing after it, with stress upon the object desired (W. E. Vines).

Desire is what you want from God. It's a decision in your heart and mind.

Desire is the anchor of the mind. Once you have made a decision you can release your faith on that desire. Your heart and mind work together producing the results you are believing for.

Faith and hope must work together to get the desired results. Desire and hope work in the same fashion.

"Which hope (desire) we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil."

Desire (hope) mixed with believing (faith) brings forth a confession. When you pray, line up your desires and hopes with God's Word. Only in God's Word can we have grounds for our faith to work. We can then believe we have received!

Somewhere Between Praying and Receiving

We have to come to a place of being confident in our desires, as well as confident in God's will to provide those things we ask for. We pray by faith and we receive by faith, but somewhere between praying and receiving we have problems with our faith. That is because there are two distinct time periods concerning faith that we need to understand.

To begin with, we know faith is now, in the present. "Now faith is…" (Hebrews 11:1). We believe that faith appropriates God's promises now, even if the manifestation of that answer may not be visible with our natural eyes.

Between the time we pray and believe, and the time we receive, there may be a time we have to walk in patience. The Bible teaches that patience brings in the will of God (Hebrews 10:36). This is a promise that we stand on when we pray. We have to keep ourselves in faith at all times - even before the manifestation comes into the natural realm or into our hands.

One example I can think of is when I had prayed for money. Finances may be the hardest area for a Christian to believe for; sometimes it takes much time.

I remember a few years ago when I was believing God for $10,000. I prayed according to Mark 11:24 and was standing on the Word of God. It was November, 1994.

What we must understand is that sometimes when we pray, it takes more time than others; often more time than the average Christian has patience for. They give up just before the answer manifests from the spirit realm into the natural realm.

But I prayed and asked the Lord for the money. I believed I received it when I prayed. I was telling people that I was going to buy a car after the first of the year. I would pay cash. Everyone was giving me a hard time; some even laughed about it.

Mark 11:24 says, "Believe that you receive them and you shall have them." Well, this is where many Christians lose out.

From the time we believe and receive by faith, to the time the answer manifests in the natural is a period called patience or endurance. But this is exactly where many Christians falter.

Yes, the Bible says, "you shall have them," but that is by faith. You have to plan and act like you have it already, no matter what other people think or say about the situation.

Often, when it comes to money, God has to deal with people. Many times people are not listening to the voice of God, so consequently, it may take more time to receive the finances in the natural realm. This case was really no different.

The Bible says, "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).

You see, God gives us angels to help us when we are operating in faith and walking in the light of the Word.

Because I believed I received when I prayed, angels were sent out to bring the money in. These angels work for me. They go to individuals, speaking my name, and telling them to give money unto me.

But God doesn't force anyone to be obedient to the Word or to the angels.

The angels will go looking for people who will be obedient to give into my ministry, so God can get the glory for answering my prayer.

I was standing on the Word of God. I prayed in November, but the money didn't manifest until February of the next year, about three months later.

It took time for the angels to find one individual that would be obedient. I had to keep thanking God regardless of how long it took or what the situation looked like. I've learned to be patient with God, because I know His Word will never fail.

Standing in Love and Hope

Often, between the time we pray and the time we receive many Christians give up; they step out of love into unforgiveness, or abandon their hope or desire completely. Others become impatient before receiving the answer. We need to hold fast to our faith and just keep praising the Lord, because according to the Word, we have it now. Don't stop - whatever happens! Keep on praising God because you have what you desire by faith, now.

Remember, believing and receiving does not always bring an instantaneous answer. Very often, it is a time of building the character of your faith and trust in God.

If you've let go of your prayer, just ask God to forgive you. Pick it back up, right in the place you let go and walk out your faith, believing that you receive now. Don't be a barren tree, but instead, determine to bear much fruit for the Master.