Wednesday, October 29, 2003

How To Receive From God

How To Receive From God


Please turn to The Book Of Hebrews, Chapter 4

Key Scripture: Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right. (NLT)

I believe that: There is no problem with provision, but rather with possession.

“When it is all said and done, I would have been willing to give you more than you are going to get.”

Hebrews 4

1 ¶ God’s promise of entering his place of rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to get there.

2 For this Good News—that God has prepared a place of rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t believe what God told them.

3 For only we who believe can enter his place of rest. As for those who didn’t believe, God said, "In my anger I made a vow: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’" even though his place of rest has been ready since he made the world. (NLT)

Four Steps To Receiving

I. Grace

* Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (AV)

A. Grace Provides

B. If God promised it and Calvary paid for it, you can possess it.

C. Over 7000 Promises (Including Some Of The Most Necessary)

1. Salvation

2. Continual Cleansing & Forgiveness Of Sins

3. Blessings For The Righteous

4. Healing

5. Purpose

7. Provision

* Hebrews 3:14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. (NLT)

II. Hope

* Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (NIV)

A. Hope Envisions

1. Hope Is A Visionary

2. Hope Says Tomorrow Will Be Better, But Does Nothing About It.

3. But Hope Is Not Bad … Hope Anchors Us

* Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

4. We Must Believe In Before We Can Believe For

B. Hope says, “One day, Some way, Some how …”

C. Hope will keep you smiling while your ship goes down.

* If we are going to receive from God, most likely it will demand some action on our part.

* This is where the next step comes in - remember:

* Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (AV)

III. Faith

* Hebrews 11:1 ¶ Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (NIV)

A. Faith Lays Hold On

B. Faith inherits and sees it as already accomplished

* Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV)

C. You have just got to have faith in God.

* Simply trust that He miraculously ordained and preserved the scriptures in the manner and form He so chose to represent Him and that by them, He is telling you the truth.

D. Now trust Him and give Him a little time to do it His way

IV. Patience

* Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (NIV)

A. Patience Possesses

* Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls. (AV)

B. The Concept Of Patience:

* Steadfastness

* Endurance

* Perseverance

* Consistency

V. Conclusion

* Grace Provides

* Hope Envisions

* Faith Lays Claim

* Patience Possess

If it can’t be gotten by these means, God simply has a different plan than we currently understand.

Remember to ask Him when you see Him, but until then, keep trusting Him and His word.

He knows what He is doing, and He knows best.