THE MEANS TO AN END
Monday, January 8th
(We Believe To Receive)
TO THE BIBLE: Mark 11:24 GNB
“For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.”
Charlotte wanted to get new clothes, a pair of shoes, and a bag, but she didn’t have the resources to get them, so, she decided to believe for a miracle. She had heard testimonies in church of those whose faith in God’s Word had produced results for them. So, she prayed according to Mark 11:24 and believed for her own miracle. Several days went by and she kept on hoping the miracle would happen, never realising that she was meant to receive the answer at the point of prayer.
In Christianity, believing is a means to an end, not just an end in itself; you believe to receive. Many people believe in Jesus, but they aren’t conscious of what their “believing” is supposed to produce for them. Thus, their believing only translates to religion because they get nothing out of it, and Christianity is not a religion.
You don’t just say, “I believe,” and then receive nothing. If you truly believe, the necessary result of your believing is to have; our believing brings us possession: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). We don’t believe for nothing.
Most have emphasised only on the believing part, and have never thought of the result of their believing. When you believed in Christ something happened; you received eternal life into your spirit. You’re not supposed to believe for nothing; you believe to have (John 6:47). Our consciousness of what we receive because of our believing is important. Jesus said in John 11:40 “If you believe, you will see the glory of God.” Romans 10:10 (NASB) says, “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Believe to receive.
Matthew 8:13; John 17:8
Dear Father, I thank you for the revelation of your Word to me today. Not only do I believe the things you’ve said concerning me in your Word, I receive and endorse them, and like faithful Abraham, I’m a possessor of truth, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 6:19-7:1-6, Genesis 20-22
Matthew 4:12-25, Genesis 8
What is that thing you desire from the Lord? Put the Word in Mark 11:24 to work and receive it in prayer.