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Seven Footsteps to Answered Prayer – Receive

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“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:24

So far in our travels we have visited desire, decision, and seek. We all have are small desires but we are speaking of the desire that is a life changing event when we receive it. It is an expression to our God that would set the course of our lifetime here in the world. Once we have expressed that desire then we must make a decision of faith to work in partnership with God to achieve it. Making a decision will open up doors ahead of us and possibly close some doors behind us. Those things that we are that doing would hinder the progress of our goal must be set aside in order for us to more quickly finish the race. Then we seek. We seek God in prayer persistently, we seek the avenues before us that might lead us to obtaining our desire, and we seek the possible opportunities that will help us to achieve the desired outcome. Today we are going to look at the next footprint which is receiving the desire that we have.

Faith plays a key role in receiving that which we have prayed for. Our walk of faith is not guided by the things that we can see but guided by the things in which we believe. Therefore, in the spiritual realm are walk is by faith as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians. “For we walk by faith, not by sight–.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) That which we can see with our physical eyes is of this world, this universe, we can see it and we believe it. The things that can be seen do not require faith to believe. That old saying, “seeing is believing,” applies to my point.

My automobile is wearing out, the lawn mower is wearing out, and yes, I am wearing out. The things that can be seen are temporary as even the world will someday pass away. Again in Paul’s letter to the Corinthian Church, “And those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:31) It is the eternal things that are unseen and that requires us to use our faith. We in our present form are not able to see the spiritual things that are in this world. The eternal things are of God for God is a Spirit. When we are dealing with the eternal things we are dealing with the things in the spiritual realm. That is why faith is so important, as we are only here for a short time and then all our time will be in an eternal state. By our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we will be in the right place in eternity. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Many people cannot see what we have our faith in, therefore the true meaning of our faith is a mystery to them. They see are faith as walking on nothing. In truth we are not walking in faith on nothing but it is our faith that gives substance to that which we believe. It is through our faith that we can see that which we believe, it is seen to us. The day is coming for all of us that when we enter into the spiritual realm our spiritual eyes will be able to see that which we have had are faith in all along. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (KJV 1 Corinthians 13:12) When it is confirmed in our spirit that what we have asked for is ours then that spiritual vision become the substance of the desire of our heart. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJV Hebrews 11:1)

Faith becomes the substance of our desire. But faith is a time traveler and travels ahead to the time when we will receive that which we now have the substance of in our spirit. To my point look at this verse. “As it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you” in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.” (Romans 4:17) This is God speaking to Abraham. Notice the tense. It is not past tense nor present tense, it is the future tense. Abraham lived form that day as the father of many nations in faith upon that he believed God. God sees from the end of time and declares what will come into being. Our faith must be according to God’s timing, not ours. “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10) Our faith must travel through time to the existence of our desire. If we have received it in our spirit then it is real and by living in the reality of that through faith we will bring that which is in the spirit into physical reality.

Faith brings our present day into a future reality. If we live in faith that we have received in the spirit is as real today as it will be in God’s time, then we can set the direction that we should walk on our journey through life. The anticipation of great things to come should keep is focused. We must be strong in our faith and do not wavier from the course. You know who will throw as many distractions into the path as he can. As with the whole of our Christian walk we must persevere. “Keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.” (1 Timothy 1:19) Stay true to your faith in God as we must live it before we get it.

As we do so politely to family, friends and neighbors we must give the Lord Thanksgiving and Praise for the answer to our prayer. (Psalm 100:7) Our lives are for the glory of God and He is worthy. Let us have a proper fear of the Lord God and give Him the glory. Not only for that which we have received but also for that which we will receive as if we have it, because we do. Worshipping God this was is also an expression of or faith in the now, the morrow, and ever after. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Once we have the substance of our faith for that which we desire our walk of faith becomes much easier. In this, then, I find no doubt, if God said it then it will be true. “And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:22-24)

Our faith in God through Jesus is a creative force. It is creative in that our faith is in the multitude of the promises of God. His creation and the testimony of the saints throughout history prove beyond all doubt that God is faithful and true to His Word. This is something that we can hold fast to in the present, in the future and for all of eternity. Our faith is not within the visibility of His physical creation but that of the things He is making new in the spiritual world that we soon shall see. In the beginning was God and all that came into being came into being by His Word. There was no brick and mortar it came by His Spirit. “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

Faith is the master key to the door of heaven. It is by faith that we work out our salvation. “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15) By our salvation though Jesus Christ some glad morning we will walk through the gates of heaven to our eternal home with the Lord. “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)

Hold fast to your desire, as it is a surety as true as the God we serve. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, March 22, 2015

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