GOD’S RICHES ARE available to every Christian. But if we don’t know what He’s promised us, we can’t take possession of it.
Ephesians 1:3 says that God has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Notice the word all. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing there is. All means all. He has left nothing out.
If we ever realize all the benefits we have in Christ, we’ll move up to a higher level. But first, we have to know what’s in God’s Word. We do that by renewing our minds with that Word (Rom. 12:2).
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our spirit being is made new. Our mind, however, is not automatically changed. We must renew it by reading and meditating on God’s Word.
As children, we learned the multiplication tables by going over them again and again. Eventually, they became a part of us. Today, I never think about what 9 times 9 is. The answer automatically comes to me: 81!
The same thing happens when we renew our mind with God’s Word. Scripture should be ingrained in us. When the enemy squeezes us, we should automatically quote scripture. Bible verses concerning our situation should come out of us.
To receive what God has promised us, we put His Word into us.
Do You Know?
Lack of knowledge of what belongs to us is the main reason we Christians don’t enjoy every benefit Jesus purchased for us on the cross.
The great English preacher Charles Spurgeon told of a woman who had been a maid for a wealthy man. Upon his death, he left her a vast estate. But she lived in poverty for years. She didn’t know what her former employer had provided for her.
As Christians, many of us are the same way. We live in lack and bondage because we don’t know God’s Word.
All of God’s promises are ours through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross. That is a written and sealed fact. It has already been decided.
Have your kids ever asked you something and you said, “Let me think about it. I’ll decide later”? Well, when we ask God to keep one of His promises, He never says, “I’ll have to talk to Jesus and the Holy Spirit to see if that can happen.” No. All God’s promises are ours. Second Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” “Yes” means we can have them because we are in Christ. And God is glorified when we receive them.
Understanding who we are in Christ, what we have in Him, and what we can do because of Him will change the way we live.
If I am in Christ, I don’t have to ask, “God, will You please heal me?” The Bible says I am already healed (1 Peter 2:24). I don’t have to ask God, “Will You please meet my needs?” He has already promised to supply what I need (Phil. 4:19). I only have to thank Him for doing it.
The promises of God are now, not “wait and see.” “Now faith is” (Heb. 11:1). We can have what we need now. We don’t have to wait until we get to Heaven. And faith in God’s Word is what brings the promises in that Word into reality.
Have you ever received a letter saying you’re prequalified for a credit card? All you had to do was call a number to activate the card. Well, Jesus’ blood prequalifies us to receive every promise in the Bible. A “yes” is stamped on every need we have.
Faith Takes Possession
To take possession of what belongs to us, we only have to call on the Lord in faith. And we do that with our mouth.
ROMANS 10:8–10 (NKJV)
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We receive salvation by believing in our heart and confessing with our mouth the Lord Jesus. That means we receive salvation by believing and saying. The Greek word for salvation is an all-inclusive term referring to everything that belongs to us through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
We receive God’s promises the same way—first by believing what God said, and second by saying what He said. We hear, we believe, and then we speak. When we were saved, somebody told us about Jesus. God’s Word came into us, we believed it, and then we confessed with our mouth what we believed.
To receive what God has promised us, we put His Word into us. We learn what He said about healing, provision, deliverance, and so forth. That Word gets into our heart. We believe it, and then we confess what we believe. We say it in faith. It’s that simple.
In His Word, God tells us we’ve been healed. He says our needs are met and we have protection in Christ. Once we learn these truths, we’re “in the know.” As we believe them and confess them, we’ll receive them.
Kenneth W. Hagin
Faith in Action
This Is Who You Are
Begin making a habit of confessing who you are and what you have in Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:5 I am enriched in everything.
Ephesians 1:4 I am chosen by God.
Colossians 1:14 I have forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:6 I am accepted by God.
Romans 3:24 I have been justified by God’s grace.
Ephesians 1:3 I have all spiritual blessings from God.
1 Peter 2:24 I am healed by the stripes of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am joined unto the Lord.
Colossians 1:13 I am delivered from Satan’s kingdom.
Mark 11:23 I have mountain-moving faith.
Ephesians 1:11 I have an inheritance through Christ.
1 Peter 1:5 I am kept by the power of God.
John 3:16 I am unconditionally loved by God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 I am a new person in Christ.
1 John 5:4 I am an overcomer by faith.
Psalm 91:1 I am protected by the Lord.
Colossians 1:12 I am qualified to be an heir of God.
Hebrews 7:25 I am saved to the uttermost.
2 Corinthians 2:14 I am triumphant in Christ.
Romans 6:5 I am united with Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 I am victorious in Christ.
Revelation 1:5 I am washed by the blood of the Lamb.
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