Matthew 21:22 “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Ask. Believe. Receive.
So many people quote this scripture, say this phrase and even go as far as to say that they do this but yet, are seeing no results.
The more and more I study about faith, believing, and how the mind works, I am learning that people really don’t believe. Or they don’t believe like they say they do.
So many people Ask, don’t really Believe, but still expect to Receive!
I was listening to Oprah on a lifeclass yesterday and she said something very powerful (to me), “You don’t get what you want out of life, you get what you Believe!” She said to take a look at your life and where you are right now, and then sit and check your beliefs that got you there.
Our minds are deeper than just surface. That’s why people mediate, quite their thoughts, and get in a quite place so they can actually hear and control their thoughts…because of the subconscious mind.
What is the Subconscious mind:
Think of the subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, your skills, all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen.
More often than not, we don’t get what we desire because we live in a state of wanting and resisting it. Which means we WANT something but we RESIST it because we really don’t believe we can get it.
For example: A single woman could really want a husband, boyfriend or a boo. She could tell all of her friends she wants one, dresses up and presents herself to the world as if she really wanted someone in her life. But then she resist the possibility of getting this potential someone special because in the back of mind, she really doesn’t believe SHE IS GOING TO GET A MAN!
On the outside she says: I want a man.
But on the inside she says:
- I don’t really deserve a man!
- I am never really going to get what I want!
- I might have to settle! I’m not good enough anyway.
- If he doesn’t come, I will be ok by myself!
Basically, wanting and resisting at the same time! Which means, you really don’t believe. Not fully!
Instead of wanting and resisting we should be:
- Writing it down (what we want)
- Visualizing it (seeing it for yourself)
- Letting it go (where BELIEF kicks in, and allow God to work)
- Putting your energy towards the direction of your desire (basically do the work while you wait for your beliefs to manifest)
What do you believe about yourself? Not what you think you believe on the surface, but go deep into the shadows of your mind and ask yourself. Are you really saying:
- I’m not good enough.
- I could never make this type of money!
- I’m not smart enough.
- I know I will never really succeed at this, so why try and on and on!
We don’t become or get what we want because so many times we live in the space of what we don’t have! Focus on what you really want and believe it will manifest.
A Mustard Seed
Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Do you know how small a mustard seed is? SMALL! This scripture clearly tells us to have faith as a mustard seed, but the fact is most people don’t. I must admit, I didn’t. I thought I did until I started to really look inside myself.
I believed a little bit! I believed enough because I could kinda see the end result. That’s not faith! Faith is believing when there is NO SITE of your dream, desire or request in front of you. Faith is knowing it’s going to happen against all odds. Faith is basically, NO DOUBT! And for many, that’s hard – especially when we grow up hearing,
- “Seeing is believing!”
- “I will believe it when I see it!
- “I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes!”
Let me wrap this up
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Basically, you can’t skip a major step in the Ask. BELIEVE. Receive process. As I was driving home from work yesterday, I continue to say to myself “Do you really believe you can have what you want?” You have to check your faith. Your faith in God, faith in yourself and what you want out of life.
You must believe without a shadow of a doubt that you already have everything you want, you’re just waiting for it to show up. And in the meantime, you are doing the work!
So I ask you, do you believe?