Webster’s dictionary says that to believe means to accept as true or real. The same dictionary says that to receive means “to take something (something given, offered or transmitted).”
In the spiritual real, when you and I believe something, we receive it into our heart. If a physical manifestation is needed, it will come after we have believed – not before.
In the world, we are taught to believe what we see. In God’s kingdom, we must learn to believe first and then we will see manifested what we have believed (received, admitted in our heart). Unfortunately, one of our biggest challenges is that we don’t trust the word “free.” We quickly find out in the world’s system that things are not free; even if we are told it is free, there is always a hidden cost somewhere.
But, in God’s economy, things are different. Everything comes to us as a gift, and the only thing one can do with a gift is to receive it graciously with a thankful heart.
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.
- Excerpt from Joyce Meyer’s articles