Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, September 30
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
SECRETS FOR RECEIVING FROM GOD
1 Corinthians 14:1 ERV "Love should be the goal of your life, but you should also want to have the gifts that come from the Spirit. And the gift you should want most is to be able to prophesy."
There are so many things we assume, but it's good to live by knowledge. One of the things that we assume is that because God knows what we need, He will give us what we need. No dear, not so. Yes, there might be exceptional cases but many times, He gives to us only what we ask for. You must learn to ask for what you need.
We ask for things we want. The first step to receiving from God is to have a want. God did not provide a lamb for the sacrifice until Abraham had set up the altar; fire did not fall from heaven until Elijah placed the sacrifice on the altar; the Red Sea did not part until the Israelites were standing in front of it and needed to pass through! Do you understand? Until there is a desire, a want, a need, there will be no miracle! Until there's a genuine hunger there'll be no filling. Until there's a preparation there'll be no satisfaction! In other words, realize your need for it. You will have it if you really want it. And if you really want it you will prepare for it (create space for it, set up the altar, sow the seeds so God can cause it to multiply, step out of the boat so you can walk on water).
God enjoys giving but He's not like Santa Claus; it doesn't seem like He enjoys surprising people! James 1:5 ERV says, "Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom." So want it, need it, desire it, then ask for it with faith, and keep asking until you receive it. Jesus said, "So I tell you to ask for what you want in prayer. And if you believe that you have received those things, then they will be yours." Mark 11:24. It shall be yours in Jesus name!