How to Receive Provision

Nov. 19, 2017 | By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

We have been delivered from the Law of Moses, but this does not mean we have been delivered from all laws. We are still subject to the laws of the land and the physical laws that govern the natural world. The most important laws that still apply to us, however, are God’s laws of provision. Blessings, healing, and prosperity operate under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Conversely, sickness, poverty, and things that are not God’s will operate under the law of sin and death. When we want to receive provision from Him, we must understand that there is a principle that governs the receiving of what grace has made available. Everything we need was made available to us two thousand years ago, and understanding the principles behind how God’s provisions are manifested in our lives will cause them to become evident.

  1. We must know how to use spiritual laws to receive provision from God.
    1. A law is defined as a spiritual principle that works the same way for everyone who gets involved in it. We have been delivered from the Law of Moses, which dictated to the people that to get good, they first had to do good. However, we are still subject to other laws governing certain aspects of the spiritual realm.
      1. Christians who have been born again have come to the end of the law (Romans 10:4), but the law is still valid and operational for those who are not saved (1 Timothy 1:8-10).
      2. Grace has already made available everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
    2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).
      1. By faith, we gain access to what grace made available. This is how we receive God’s provision.
      2. God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3), but it is up to us to decide how to use that faith.
    3. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
      1. We get the faith we need from hearing the Word regarding the specific need we have.
      2. The entire kingdom of God depends on His Word. Trying to live as Christians without the Word limits the potential for manifestation of what grace made available.
      3. The Word is incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23) that will always produce, and never fail. If we do not see a harvest, the problem will never be with the seed; it will always be with the soil. Our hearts can be considered the soil.
  2. Through parables, Jesus taught extensively about the power of faith.
    1. And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Mark 4:1-9).
      1. The number one thing Jesus did during His ministry was teach the Word.
      2. We do not always reap a harvest after sowing the Word. We must be careful to sow in good ground.
    2. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts (Mark 4:10-15).
      1. God is not hiding something from us; He is hiding it for us. This is not for everyone, only for those in the kingdom of God.
      2. A farmer cannot get a harvest if he leaves the seed in the bag.The Bible is the book that contains the seed. The potential for us to receive everything grace has made available is in the seed, but we must first study and meditate on the Word. Planting the seed in our hearts is the first step to receiving.
    3. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.This is he which received seed by the way side race (Matthew 13:19).
      1. A wayside heart is a heart that heard the Word and received it, but did not understand it. This is seen in people who come to church but have no interest in God’s Word. As a result, the Word never gets inside their heart, but stays on the surface where the devil easily steals it away.
      2. Understanding the Word is the first step in getting it down inside us. With all thy getting get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).
  3. Hearing the Word is great, but we must focus on it with no distractions.
    1. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended (Mark 4:16, 17).
      1. These are the people who come to church, hear the Word, and get excited about it, but spend no time with it after church. Because of this, the seed cannot develop an effective root system in their hearts.
      2. When we mediate on the Word day and night, we will make our way prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8).
      3. If we want the harvest, we must be willing to do the necessary farming to secure the root in the ground. God is not mocked. Whatever we sow, we will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
    2. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful (Mark 4:18, 19).
      1. Words are important. If we speak and meditate on the wrong ones, we will reap a harvest we do not want.
      2. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn (Isaiah 54:17). If we hear speech that does not align with the Word of God, we must condemn it.
      3. The world is built on words; the very essence of life is based on them. The worlds were framed by the Word of God (Hebrews 11:3), who calleth those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
      4. We need hearts established in the Word. Christians who neglect to study their Bibles are like warriors going to war without a weapon.
      5. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Corinthians 10:4).
      6. Put on the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14, 17).
    3. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred (Mark 4:20).
      1. If we get distracted and focus on anything other than the Word, the weeds of the world choke out the seed that was planted in our hearts.
      2. When the enemy causes things to happen to take our attention off the Word, our peace ensures that the seed will continue to take root. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).
      3. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).
    4. And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39).
      1. When Jesus fell asleep on the boat and a storm arose, He was able to calm the storm because He already had peace to release against it. When storms arise in our lives and we need peace, we cannot release what we do not have.
      2. When we encounter a bad situation, we can declare peace on it. This works in our finances when we declare that God shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19), and it works in other areas of our lives as well.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Romans 10:4, 17 Galatians 6:7
1 Timothy 1:8-10 Isaiah 54:17
2 Peter 1:3 Hebrews 11:3
Romans 5:2 Romans 12:3
1 Peter 1:23 Mark 4:1-20
Matthew 13:19 Proverbs 4:7, 23
Joshua 1:8 Romans 4:17
John 1:1 2 Corinthians 10:4
Ephesians 6:14 Isaiah 26:3
Mark 4:39 Philippians 4:19

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