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How to Experience the Abundant Life of Christ

How to Experience the Abundant Life of Christ

Update: 2020-04-27
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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, April 27, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #17 in Series 2020 and is titled “How to Experience the Abundant Life of Christ."



If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then God has given you hundreds of promises, the fulfillment of which He wants you to experience in your life in a practical way. But what if you are not experiencing the fulfillment of God's promises in your life? What is wrong?

Well, first of all, of one thing you can be sure: The problem is on not on God's end; the problem is on your end.

Okay. So, what is the problem?



To find out, let's take a look at 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." Notice the verb tenses in this verse.  The first verb (ask) is in the present tense. The second verb (believe) is in the present tense. The third verb (receive) is also in the present tense. The fourth verb (will have) is in the future tense. So, three of these verbs are in the present tense--the now--and one of the verbs is in the future tense--in a time yet to happen.



Now, keeping those tenses in mind, let's read this verse like this: "Therefore I say to you, whatever you ask for when you pray, believe at the instant you ask that you receive it at the instant you ask, and you will experience the answer in your life at a future date.



What this verse is actually saying is that we must believe that we receive what we ask for the instant we ask for it. The asking, the believing, and the receiving occur at the same instant in the spirit realm. When these three acts--the asking, the believing, and the receiving--coincide--in other words, when they occur at the same instant--then what we ask, believe, and receive in the spirit realm in that instant will eventually show up in the physical realm in the future.



To put it another way, the simultaneous asking, believing, and receiving take place in the spirit realm, and those three acts, done at the same time, will bring what we ask for from the spirit realm to the physical realm at a future date. It is our faith that connects the two realms. It is our faith that brings the promise of God from the spirit realm to the physical realm so that it can show up in our lives, and we can experience it in a practical way.



Let's consider healing, for example. We may need healing from a disease. Mark 11: 24 tells us that when we ask for healing, we must believe that we receive it the instant we ask for it.  If we believe that we receive our healing the instant we ask God for it, then we will eventually see the sickness leave our body. 

Most believers, however, believe that they have received an answer to their prayer only after the answer shows up.  But in most cases, the answer will never show up in their lives because their prayer was motivated by hope, not faith.

When we pray with the mentality that we are not healed ...
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How to Experience the Abundant Life of Christ

How to Experience the Abundant Life of Christ

MaryAnn Diorio