Living by faith 2- The Kingdom principle: Believe to Receive.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. - Mark 11:22-24
In this world, 'seeing is believing'. If I see it, I believe it. That is not totally correct. I don't see electric current, but I believe it exists. I have heard and known that many people had been killed touching open wire and, I don't want to touch it to say that seeing is believing. There are many things on earth you don't see and you believe. If you base your philosophy on seeing is believing, you may endanger your life. In some situations, the philosophy may be alright but not all the time.
In the kingdom, for you to see it, you must believe first. For you to access it, you must believe it. Believe is verb; actively believing what God says concerning you i.e. God's report. Believe that what false prophet say to you is not final. What doctors and circumstance say to you can change; Believe in God's word (see 2 Corinthians 5:7).
We are to live by faith. For spiritual gifts to grow, you use it. The more you use it, the more it increases. Physical things decrease when you use them, but things of the spirit increase with usage. Your faith even though given to you when you are born again can change into a different level.
There is a little faith, great faith and exceeding great faith; it can change depending on your usage. If you are lazy about developing your faith, it will diminish (Romans 10:17). You are 'hearing' the word of God today, faith is coming to you. When faith comes, it gets a miracle to you on the platform of easiness. Your 'having' will come after 'believing' that you have received. Until you believe everything that God says concerning you, you don't have them in your life. When you believe, you receive it physically. That is living by faith.
For your faith to grow it is more than prayer; it is a deliberate decision to cooperate with God for it to grow. When you believe a thing, you act on it. You act like it is true. When you have a certificate of occupancy of a land, you believe that it is your land, even though you have not seen the land. When you believe you have your miracle, you praise God ahead. If your action is negative and you withdraw or you are afraid, I doubt whether you believe.
Prayer: God’s word is medicine to all my flesh and there is nothing difficult for it to cure. I refuse to think wrong and talk wrong for God’s word is working for me as faith comes through His word. God’s word is His will and His will rule every contrary thing in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: Matthew.9:27-30, Romans.1:19-20
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Ezekiel 23:1-49; Hebrews 10:18-39; Psalm 109:1-31; Proverbs 27:13