A quick Primer On Spiritual Warfare Copyright John Edmiston 2003 but may be copied & distributed for non-profit use

What You Believe Is What You Receive

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What You Believe Is What You Receive
(Matthew 9:29 NKJV) Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."
(Matthew 15:28 NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
(Mark 5:34 NKJV) And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
(Mark 10:52 NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
(Matthew 21:22 NKJV) "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
(Mark 11:24 NKJV) "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Faith is more than doctrine or emotion and slightly more than just a rather general “trust”. Generally biblical faith envisages a specific outcome. A woman wants her daughter healed, a blind man wants to receive his sight, a father wants his epileptic son delivered. Jesus did not rebuke His disciples with “O ye of little faith” for a general lack of trust or affection towards Him or for disbelieving in His rather obvious existence! He rebuked them for not believing in His ability in real concrete situations such as providing daily needs or walking on water. (Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16;8 Luke 12:28)
Faith is your personal ability to trust yourself to God as Creator and trust His ordering of the Universe and his ability to deliver specific results in crisis situations. People who lack this kind of faith in God’s ability often end up with two “gods”. One, the “high god” is a god of theology, remote, grand, doctrinal, perfect. The other is the practical god of daily life that is turned to for luck in business and for healing. In the West we have a highly theological Christian God and a reliance on technology and science in daily life. In the Philippines there is the high God of the Church and the practical gods of the shrines and good luck charms.
Thus true Christian faith trusts Jesus for healing, deliverance, blessing and success as well as believing in Him as the one “through whom all things were made” (Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-3). True faith is giving up reliance on charms luck, or ourselves and casting our trust on Jesus Christ and His power to help us.
This sort of faith has a definite specific end in view expressed as “whatever things” – a concrete list of real items. And we are to believe that we have received them. We are to be so sure of our personal covenant with Jesus Christ, and so sure of His capacity, that we know we will receive our request.

This is illustrated in the faith of the centurion… (Matthew 8:7-10 NKJV) {7} And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." {8} The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. {9} "For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." {10} When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

If we doubt, we receive nothing (James 1:5-8 NKJV) but for the person of faith “nothing is impossible” (Matthew 17:20) and indeed for those who believe all things become possible (Mark 9:23). Thus a key part of our spiritual warfare is maintaining our faith in God’s capacity to provide, protect and bless and to remain free from doubt concerning His promises. Doubt makes us easy prey for the Devil but the development of a resounding and practical faith in God in all the situations of life makes us movers of mountains and “more than conquerors”.

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