You can’t have one without the other. Believe and then receive.
Believe: (1) to consider to be true or honest (2) to accept the word or evidence of.
Receive: to come into possession of. to permit to enter to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate : believe. to take
Many of you have heard the phrase “Seeing is believing.” That is true for people who don’t know God. We have to live a life that draws the lost to God.
Matthew 5:16 let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus performed miracles and people started believing and following Jesus.
However, as people of God we use faith. As the Webster’s meaning, say accept the word. People of God accept the word of God as evidence and the Holy Spirit living on the inside to guide us.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
That is enough to shout about. We are blessed when even though what we believe has not yet manifested. We can still trust that it is already done. This brings me to my next point: Receive!
Most faith people know Mark 11;24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Before it even happens, as Webster’s meaning says, take possession of it. Believe and take.
When you pray, believe that you have already taken possession of it. As long as it is in line with the word of God and it is good, take it.
Don’t believe or receive the negative.
As people of God, our lives should be a testimony to help nonbelievers see the goodness of God so that it will draw them to believe.