You have to read this post today, because there are different ways to live, and God has something wonderful to say about it and you.
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye (you) 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 works also in you that believe.”1 Thessalonians 2:13
Only the real deal Word of God can heal lives. Only the Real Deal Love (agape) of God can heal hearts. People change their minds all the time, yet beg God for a change of heart or a change in their life. How do you get that change?? By Receiving the Word the Right Way
It all starts with the word “received” in the second line of the verse. “Received” is the translated from the Greek word…paralambanō. It comes from the root word lambanō. It means “to receive”, but in the Greek, there is also another word for “receive”. It is dechomai. Both of these words are translated into “receive” and have caused a ton of confusion in today’s Christian.
Let’s look at what they mean.
Dechomai is a subjective reception indicating that by a person’s own decision they received something, but nothing was manifested from the receipt, nothing was done with it. What was received was not manifested into the senses world.
Action” is the heart’s barometer measuring the condition, changes and beliefs one holds dear.
Lambano is an objective reception indicating that by a person’s decision he manifests outwardly that which has be received inwardly.
Here is a great example of the words received being used.
“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received (dechomai-spiritually) the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive (lambano-manifest in the senses world) the Holy Ghost:” Acts 8:14,15
Why was Paul so thankful for those Thessalonians? How did they “RECEIVE” the word of God?
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received (para-lambano- received it into manifestation in the senses world) the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received (dechomai-without manifesting it in the senses world) it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works (energeo, or energizes) also in you that believe.”1 Thessalonians 2:13
These believers used what they were given. They acted on it. What kind of things happened when they did that?
“But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:” 1 Thessalonians 3:6
These believers kept on standing and kept on doing what they were taught. Yeah it was hard, yes, their faith was tested, but they knew what they had been given.
Do you know what you have been given?
Do you know how much of a big deal it is when you stand for God? He knows it’s hard, but believe me it’s much harder without God. Let your life so tell the story of your stand and faith that when someone hears negative, they don’t believe it. They have seen you acting on your faith. What do you do when you are faced with negative situations? Do you give up? Or do you continue to manifest the Word of Life? Change is hard. It requires our full attention so when you have something this powerful pouring into your life and world, do something with it.
God bless you today!