Life Changing Testimony
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One day while flipping channels I stumbled across your television show. At that time I was very confused, depressed, overweight and slacking in my local church attendance. I was a mess. That day you were speaking on transforming our minds. I knew the Scripture but the way you taught it made it real to me. That day I got up off my couch and decided to start living my new life in VICTORY! Since watching you, I've become more clear-headed, dropped a few pounds and am active again in my church. Everyday is a new day. Some are more challenging than others but I am still here. Serving God has a new meaning and new joy. Thank you very much. Please keep up the good work and continue to make your sermons available over the internet, because now I can access you any time any day.
Have you ever gotten discouraged or frustrated by the apparent lack of results
when you pray?
We’ve all been told our blessing is coming, we’ve gotten excited; preachers have
promised us it’s coming, but friends, let’s face it – there are more people who
don’t receive what they’ve prayed for than those who do.
What’s the problem?
Many Christians have prayed, tried, and cried because they haven’t seen any
results; they have just given up on expecting much from God. Others blindly
expect the moon but have no idea that we have as much to do with receiving from
God as God has!
I Corinthians 3:9 says we are co-workers with Him! Our relationships with God
should be like any other good relationship – it’s a partnership. You have a part
and God has a part.
We can be sure that God will keep His part of the deal since He is unchanging,
never fails to keep His promises, and He is not a respecter of persons (which
means He has no favorites!)
So if there is a failure we don’t get results – the problem HAS to be on our
side of the deal!
What we fail to understand is that almost all of His promises are conditional.
We will receive what He has for us – when WE do our part. Results depend on some
choices we make and some actions we take.
I want to help you put an end to the frustration of unanswered prayer and the
disappointment of unreceived promises from God.
I often hear of ministers who are called upon to give comfort and encouragement
to people who are hurting and they simply say, “everything is going to be all
right” and “everything’s going to get better.”
I don’t know about you – but that sort of response is not really helpful. I want
to know when! When will things get better? I want to know how! HOW will things
change? What has to happen?
I want to get to the point where I can say: “Things were not right – and I was
in trouble, but when I learned how to receive from God, then I received and
Let’s get some answers! What is our part? (This will work every time.)
1. Believe that receiving your full inheritance from God is as important to
Him as it is to you. In Acts 26:17-18 Jesus told Paul to “teach people to
receive forgiveness of sins and their inheritance.” You see, we have all
believed it’s the will of God, and it’s essential to receive forgiveness of
sins, but did you know Jesus said it’s as much His will for you to receive your
inheritance? We must believe it’s His will and His desire for us to receive
everything He has for us.
2. Ask God for the thing you need and desire. Be specific! If you need an
unsaved loved one saved, be specific – name that person to God. If you need a
job, be specific about what kind of job, how much money it will earn, and where
it will be located. Jesus said in John 16:24, “Ask and you shall receive.” James
4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.”
3. Be sure you’re asking for the right things… James 4:3 says, “You ask and do
not receive because you ask amiss.” He tells us that when we miss the mark in
what we ask for, we will not receive
How can we be sure of the right things to ask for?
A. Is it good? (Every good gift comes from God. James 1:17)
B. Is it in the Word of God? Can you find two or three Scriptures to support
what it is you’re asking for? John said in I John 5:14, “If we ask anything
according to the will of God, He hears us…” The Word of God is the will of God.
A will is a testament – it is a list of promises that a person who dies leaves
for his loved ones. When Jesus died, all His promises became legally available
to us. The promises in His Word are His will. His will is not a mystery as so
many Christians have thought.
C. Are you capable of being responsible with it when it comes! This point is so
very important. If I ask God for 1 million dollars for a business idea that will
help millions of people, I am fooling myself if I expect to receive it while I
have been irresponsible and unwise with the $1,000 that I have already received.
Many people want to jump from $10 faith to $10 million faith, and it doesn’t
work that way. You have to be faithful so God can give you more. If my
nine-year-old son asked me for a car – as much as I want to give it to him. I
can’t because he’s not ready for it. Even if he were 16, I wouldn’t necessarily
give it to him, unless he had been faithful with his bicycle! Did he take care
of it? Did he keep it clean? Had he been reckless with it? If he had, why would
I think he would act any differently toward more powerful equipment?
This is called faithful stewardship and is mandatory if you want to receive the
blessing of the Lord. Proverbs 28:20 says “a faithful man will abound with
blessings.” You can’t give a loaded gun to a child – and quite literally much of
our failure to receive has to do with the immaturity in our lives. If we’re
acting like spiritual babies – not controlling our tongue, whining all the time,
or are irresponsible with our stuff – God will not be able to entrust us with
more. It would be poor stewardship on His part.
But the good news is we don’t have to stay babies…we can grow up. How?
1. Control our mouth and words. Make sure that the things that come out
of our mouths line up with God’s Word (James 3:2)
2. Be thankful in everything. Grumbling and complaining is one for the
chief reasons the children of Israel did not enter the Promised Land (I
3. Be responsible now for our lives, our money, our bodies, and our
possessions. Be good stewards of the things we already have (Luke 12:42).
Don’t expect God to give you more until you care for what you have!
Now, once we have asked according to God’s will, the next thing we need to do
4. Believe you received it the moment you ask, no matter what you see or feel
(Mark 11:24). This is walking by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7).
You have to break the habit of only believing something when you see it. You
must see what is invisible NOW and believe that it is yours – just as a pregnant
woman knows there’s a baby in her womb because she has received the seed, and
the doctor has confirmed there is life inside – she hasn’t seen anything – but
it’s there. She knows it’s there.
5. That leads me to the next critical ingredient. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and
you shall receive.” Your seed is so vital to receiving what it is you have
asked for. Galatians 6:7 says, “Let no one be deceived, whatsoever a man sows,
that shall he also reap.” We must take action if we want to see results. James
2:20 declares “faith without works is dead.” Again let me remind you, Abraham
demonstrated his faith by the offering of his son. While it is obvious God is
not requiring your son of you, the principle is the same.
We must back up our need with some seed – an offering! Not just any old
offering, but one that is valuable to us. Plant a financial seed toward the need
you have. You may ask, “what if the need isn’t financial? Why would I plant a
financial seed for a spiritual or emotional need?” Simply because money is a
proof of trust. God doesn’t need your money, but when you give, it shows God He
can trust you because you can let go of one of the most valuable things you
An example of this is the widow in Elijah’s day who gave financial seed and
reaped the miraculous harvest of her son’s resurrection from the dead (I Kings
I am convinced if you follow these simple steps, you will put an end to the
disappointment of unanswered prayer. Remember though, God can’t give you
something He doesn’t have. He doesn’t have poverty, sickness, disease, and
sadness so don’t bother asking Him for any of those. And He won’t hurt someone
or take something away from someone in order for you to have it. However, He has
plenty of “every good thing” for anyone who will ask.