Receiving from God

by Senior Ps. Joanne Eisenhart

Are you a good receiver? And no, I am not talking football lingo. I am talking about your ability to receive from God. Did you know that you can limit God’s giving by your capacity to receive? Wow, that is a sobering thought.

So how do we increase our ability to receive from God. It has to do with a little five letter word called FAITH. You can’t receive anything from God without it. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. You can’t even begin to please God without faith. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:9 that our goal in life should be to please God, and as our faith increases we please him more and more, and we receive all the good things that he has for us.

How do we increase our faith? Faith comes from a very specific place. Paul says in Romans 10:17 that it comes from hearing the Word of God, and not just hearing it, but hearing it and believing it. And the natural result of believing it is to obey it.

Biblical receiving is an active thing, it is taking God’s truth personally for yourself and standing on it, basing your life on it. It requires putting time and effort into your relationship with God, and into your studying of God’s Word. You need to pay close attention to Him and to his Word.

Jesus said in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God, truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” The word receive in that verse means to take forcefully. Imagine someone handing you a gift, and you grab it forcefully from their hands. In the spiritual realm it means to take by faith what God has promised you. God is handing it to you, but the transfer only occurs when you activate your faith to receive it, and take it.

The opposite of faith is doubt and it will totally shut down your capacity to receive anything from God. James 1:5-7 says, “But when you ask, you must not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” These are strong words. How very important is it that we build up our faith, and remove all doubt from our hearts and minds.

We become expert receivers of God’s blessings when we focus on his Word with every fiber of our being, and we EXPECT it to come to pass. We reach out with the hand of faith, grab hold of it, and refuse to let it go, regardless of our circumstances or what we see with our natural eyes. We live by faith and not by sight.

The Israelites settled for wandering in the wilderness because they couldn’t believe God would give them the promised land. Don’t ever settle for less than everything that God has for you. Remember God doesn’t speak worry, His language is faith. Increase your faith and watch what amazing things God will be able to do in your life!



  1. Amen to that!!!

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