“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Mark 11:24 NASB
I was talking with one of my best friends today and I realized something. He was talking about an area in which he struggled and how it related to his family; actually his exact words were ‘family curse.’ I recently realized myself how certain things from my family and childhood loomed over me into my adult life. Prime example, I was told as a child that I would end up like my aunts who were not the best in their dealings with men. Although I didn’t let this frame my outcome because I believe in proving people wrong when they have negative things to say about me–it still lingered until I asked God to show me all the things that were hindering me from receiving all I asked for. Those negative words took root in some form and as hard as I tried, I believed them. (This refers to my meditation on those words, which in turn gave them power over me…another devotion :p)
Mark 11:24 above says that in all things we pray and ask for, that if we put our action faith of believing that we have already received them, then we already received them. This relates directly to the above story and my experiences because it was not until I recognized the curse spoken over me and believed differently, that things started to shift in my life. I know that ‘generational curses’ existed in the Old Testament, but because I joined God’s family those things no longer apply. It is not until we change what we believe that change actually occurs. As for my friend, he won’t change until he sees himself as God sees him–which requires him to submit to God everything and in everything–delivered from that spirit. Likewise, I did not change until I realized my salvation was a package deal, not just being delivered from one stronghold but all. The battle we fight friends is within our minds and as long as we keep in the Word and trust God to do what He says, we can become what we believe.
Whether you are believing for healing, restoration, finances, love, etc., as long as you hold on to your faith and believe as well as do what God has told you to do, primarily forgive, what you believe will change what you see before you in the mirror. Because you only see what you believe…
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 NLT