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The Monday DEVOTION: Believe It, Confess It, and Receive It

Friends, greetings in Jesus Name! Today I will be sharing with you on what I title, “Believe It, Confess It, and Receive It”. A lot of people think God is complicated, especially when it comes to receiving from Him. Listen, long prayers are good. But it isn’t the long hours of prayers that get the result. No! It is the condition of the heart behind the prayers that achieves the result. God wants to bless us, but He is not obliged to bless outside His will. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss.” He is a God of Order! “For He magnifies his Word above all his name” (Psalm 138:2). Hebrew 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must “believe” that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” It does not bring glory to God seeing His children suffering and being oppressed by the devil. He is ever stretching His hand to help. But His hand reaches us faster by faith, and not by unbelief or doubt. Some might say: Well, His mercies endures forever, for His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Yeah, that is true! But shall we continue in our state of unbelief for His mercies and grace to continue? Absolutely not! God is merciful, but His mercy shouldn’t be taken for granted. In his admonition to “receiving wisdom from God”, Apostle James wrote: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:5-7). From the above scripture, we see how the burden of unanswered prayer that results from unbelief reflects what many believers are suffering today by praying without getting tangible results. The moment you pray but aren’t sure whether God will answer you, then forget getting an answer. If God answers you in such condition, it can only be by His mercy, not because you deserve it. While speaking to a man in need of help for his son who was possessed by a dumb spirit, Jesus said to him: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:23-24). The foundation of you receiving from God begins by believing He can. And believing has to do with your faith in God irrespective of the surrounding circumstances. Unfortunately, what we often see today are people who solely confess their desires with the hope of receiving, but not backed by faith in believing the word of God. Remember, the place of confessing the word is vital, but your confession must first be backed by believing the word of God that builds your faith. Hallelujah! Have a blessed week of answers to your prayers. With love, Elvis!