NFL Receivers make BIG money.
Why? I always thought the quarter-backs were the stars of the show, they are, but without an amazing receiver they don’t have a chance. They need someone who can catch the ball successfully and then run it into the end-zone for a touch down. Who scores the point then? Does the quarter back or the receiver? Neither, the team scores. What if, in the middle of the Super Bowl a receiver caught a winning game point catch had an opening a mile wide to run it into the touch down but didn’t do anything? Would there be heck to pay? You bet there would.
Yesterday we talked about hunger, and the right way to believe to see your prayers come to pass. Today, we’re going to talk about the right way to receive the Word of God.
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
There are two words for “received” which contrast each other in this one verse. The first usage; “when ye received the word of God”, is the Greek word “paralambanō,” which is made up of two root words, the preposition “para” and “lambanō” meaning to receive unto oneself. According to usage; lambanō is when you receive something and then act on it or manifest it in your lives.
The second “received” is the Greek word “dechomai” which means receiving something subjectively. You take something but do nothing to manifest it in your life. This would be like a football receiver catching that winning catch, but not doing anything with the ball.
When we ask God, God is it available to be prosperous in my life? And He says YES! Your next question is; How do I receive (lambano) it? Then God throws that winning revelation to you about your life, don’t just stand there with the winning catch. RUN!!! RUN towards that blessing with all your might! Don’t stop to talk to the defensive coach, the cheer leaders, the journalists, RUN! WHAT are you waiting for, signs from heaven in neon pink? God is big enough to talk to you first, so when you ask, YOU are going to receive. Now, what are you going to do with that ball? Your action is what will change the outcome and direction of your life. I love the last phrase of this verse above.
“Ye received (dechomai=received it and did nothing) it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
Once they lamabano’d the truth what did they do? THEY BELIEVED. What happened then? It effectually worked. Effectually is a different word from effectively. Effectually means desired results, perfect results. Effectively just means results. These men and women took the Word of God as Truth and believed with action then received their desired results. They prayed and they had power. They ministered healing and miracles and they received the desired result in each situation. They took the revelation and ran with it. Then they kept going and going so much that they were put in God’s Word as examples of great faith/believing. We can do this too.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe;” Mark 16:17a
Christ Jesus said those words. Signs follow them that believe. They don’t show up before you believe, you must believe first then the signs will follow and confirm your believing. So many Christians are looking for a sign from heaven before they act or do what God has already told them to do. But here it clearly states those signs will follow your believing. So get moving! Get your revelation everyday and get moving out on it. As a result you will see the confirmations fall into place.
Paul says in verse 20 of 1 Thess. 2, “For YE are our glory and joy.”
Why? Because they received the Word that he had taught them and ran with it. They made up there minds to manifest the power and truth. They decided not to settle for second best. They each realized that NOW was their time to live the highest and best life they could ever possibly live. THIS IS OUR TIME TOO!
I’m claiming that in my life right now, I hope you are too.
God Bless You Today!