We all know that there are many Laws. There are natural laws; Law of Gravity, Law of Motion and the like. There are also Spiritual Laws that Romans 8:2 speaks about. These two laws, that all human life relies on; “the law of Spirit and life” and “the law of sin and death”. I want to start out todays blog with an introduction to another Spiritual law.
“The Law of Receiving”
Whatever you pay attention to, you will desire it in time”. When you SAY IT… the “IT” becomes, sowing seed.
Grab your Bible and turn to Matthew 12:36: “But I tell you, on the day of judgement men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, non working) word they speak.” What Jesus is saying here is whatever you say that’s not in your heart; that’s idle, inoperative and non producing “seed”.
I have been reading for the last couple of days in the Book of Acts. This morning I came upon a great example of “Right Now FAITH” in Acts 3, I began practicing the “Law of Receiving”.
Verse 2, “A certain man crippled from birth was being carried along, who was laid each day at the gate…” This man didn’t limp because he was lame; he had to be carried by two to four people each day to the temple to beg for money. That particular day, he noticed Peter and John who were going to the temple to pray in the ninth hour. That would be three o’clock in the afternoon (verses 1, 3). The crippled man ask the Apostles for a hand-out; not a hand up!
Verse 4 says, “And Peter directed his gaze intently at him, and so did John, and said, Look at us.” Peter and John stopped and focused intently at the disabled man “and said…” Do you notice that the Apostles weren’t praying about the situation they were facing, nor was it after three O’clock prayer and they were feeling ‘spiritual’. What they did after they sowing the “incorruptible seed”, is seen in verse 7.
Verse 7, “Then they took hold of the man’s right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bone became strong and steady.” Peter and John’s wallets were empty of money but what they did have…was “Right Now Faith” in Jesus Name. Their confidence in their knowing was demonstrated by saying one little “word-seed”, “WALK!”
In verse 8, we see what happened to the man who had been crippled from birth. He didn’t start showing results by walking around with a slow limping motion. “And leaping forth he stood and began to walk, and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” He had “The Law of Receiving” he had applied to his situation. This wasn’t a made-up ‘healing’ story by Peter and John to get attention for their ministry. All the people saw this disabled man, who had been carried every day in a gurney, to a position of begging for a living. And now they were seeing him walking, jumping and praising God. What would be your reaction, if this story happened in front door of your church Sunday?
Now Peter sees the crowd’s reaction to what happened and being somewhat bewildered at their reaction, says, “…why are you so surprised and wondering at this? Why do you keep staring at us? It didn’t all happen because of our own power or special gifting that made this man walk (verse 12). Then Peter tells the gathered crowd, who by now the number probably had grown. The scene might have sounded like this: “What’s going on over there?” And someone replies, “Do you know that crippled guy, who has been coming to town begging everyday; he is healed!” “No, that couldn’t be so” someone else says in amazement.
Peter begins pointing his finger and speaking about who Jesus is and their rejection and denial of who He was. Verse 14, “BUT you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One, and demanded [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you.” Peter keeps speaking and shaking his finger at the crowd in Verse 15, “BUT you killed the very Source (the Author) of life, Whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.” No, I don’t know that Peter was shaking his finger BUT…we do know about Peter’s personality from God’s word.
Then Peter explains in Verse 16 what “Right Now FAITH” is all about.
“And His name, through and by faith in His name, has made this man whom you see and recognize well and strong. [Yes] the faith which is through and by Him [Jesus] has given the man this perfect soundness [of body] before all of you.”
Do you have that kind of “Right Now Faith”? “BUT my name isn’t Peter or John. They were Apostles and disciples of Christ”. I hope you are not thinking those thoughts. FAITH has to be in two places in your lives. Turn to the Book of Romans, Chapter 10.
Verse 8 says, “BUT what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach.”
You can’t say “it is written” if you don’t read and meditate on the Word in your Bible. The two places FAITH can be found is in your mouth and your heart. It starts in your mouth and then the “incorruptible seed” gets into your heart. That seed is the “ROOT” of your faith.
Psalm 119, reinforces that principle of, “Right Now FAITH” and how we can exercise and see the others reaction to our FAITH.
Verse 10 says, “With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You…” Don’t stop at verse 10.
Verse 11, “Your word have I laid up in my heart”
Verse 13, “With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth”
Verse 15, “I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to your ways.”
I am sorry to inform you, that because you say that you are a ‘believer in Jesus Christ’, FAITH doesn’t enter into your life instantaneous.
In my next blog, I want to discuss the obstacles to “Right Now FAITH” and how we can overcome them. The title, “Turning Hopeless Situations Around“.