The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
...“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” He is telling us to believe that we already have what we are praying for.
Faith acts like a magnet. It pulls us to the thing which we desire. It’s up to us and the level of our faith as to how fast we go. It is a continual challenge to live by faith, not just by sight.
Now don’t get me wrong. Faith is not a Magic Genie. Just because we choose to believe for something doesn’t mean it will magically appear at that moment. But God did say in the Bible to believe as if it already was.
But we have to stand firm in that which we believe because the evidence—our current circumstances—will be very persuasive in keeping us stuck right where we are.
We mustn't give up believing. We have to stand firm in the promise—the Word of God—and the thing which we pray for will be drawn to us by our faith. The closer we grow to God, our Shepherd and Caregiver, the stronger our faith becomes and the more abundance we will recognize, receive and enjoy in our lives.
Let me remind you of the story in Luke 17:10-19, “As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed.
Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
If we’re not thankful for the blessings we already have in our life, then why would God want to bless us with more?
Do you like to be thanked when you do something kind for someone? Are you more apt to do something else for that person if they express their gratitude?
We must practice thankfulness every day until it becomes a way of life, a permanent attitude.
Not only will it help us be a more positive person who complains less, but when our focus is on God and His blessings, we become more like Christ, which is what attracts the prosperity of the Kingdom.Study this famous Bible verse of Psalm 23:1 and see through faith and thankfulness, how your Shepherd desires to give you what you want and need in Him.
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