Believe & Receive
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1:5-7
James wrote that we must have faith when we come to God in prayer and He will be faithful to give us wisdom to grow closer to Him, but only in true faith unfeigned. The book of James is also about faith that works. If we aren’t producing any fruit or we aren’t doing anything to advance the kingdom, then do we really have faith?
Faith is believing and receiving, as in Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”; and as in John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”
~ A.W. Tozer
So, faith is both believing and receiving. The scripture says that the demons believe and tremble. (Jam 2:19)
Knowing the Truth is only part of it. We must accept the Truth, receiving from the Holy Spirit the gift of salvation, the gift of the Spirit Himself, and His special gifts used for ministry. (1 Cor 12:4-11) All of these gifts work in conjunction with one another and produce a desire to serve The Lord by speaking about Him, living for Him, and going out of our way to do good works. These are the works James wrote about. Which begs the question: what did Paul see (or not see) in the believers at Ephesus?
“He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this , they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 19:1-5
So, knowing our helplessness without God in our lives, we must realize just how much we need Him and how much more we should desire of Him every day. Faith is believing and receiving. Therefore, ask of God for more of Him and when He presents Himself inTruth, make sure to receive Him.