We are all receivers of information but have you stopped to think if your receiver is working properly? Your attitude can make a difference in your receiving; your proclamation can make a difference of what you receive; or your acceptance of how you receive may need a little tweaking. According to the Bible, our receivers are referred to over 754 times and love is referred to 750 times which tells me that our receivers are important.
Receive (350 occurrences) to admit; to accept; to receive to one’s self; receive as one’s due; to take or bear up, to receive, to assume; properly, aggressively receive; “to receive a lot, receive by lot; especially to receive a part of an inheritance, receive as an inheritance, obtain by right of inheritance”; to receive (into one’s favor).
Receiving (72 occurrences) from expectation; sharing; receiving and sharing His salvation; receiving His provision; to exercise reflective thinking. For the believer, 3563 (noús) is the organ of receiving God’s thoughts, through faith.
Received (312 occurrences) accepted; received from one’s fathers; received as under one’s
personal care; focuses back on whom (what) is welcomingly received; freely ye have received
(Note: The above definitions were found in free program called Bible Hub @ http://biblehub.net/searchgreek)
To receive, receiving and received are all very active words and it is important to know how to respond. We are bombarded today with information from the media, commercials, family, friends, work, and church but ultimately how we receive the information may determine if you live in fear or in peace. We have the choice to receive the “bad” news or proclaim the good news. Receiving information can come in large packages like major catastrophic events or small packages such as how you handle the stress of the day or receive a friends offer to love you.
I am preparing for a Bridal shower and it is difficult asking people to help me. I must learn to receive. My receiver needs tweaking. I know each person loves me and my future daughter but for some reason I have a hard time receiving this acceptance. Why? My thoughts begin.. I don’t want to intrude on their day, I might be asking too much, I may be imposing…these are usually lies from the devil. My receiver needs tweaking. As a caregiver, I must admit I need help and receive those who reach out to Steve and me when we need a breather. On the other side of this coin the elderly are great examples of having difficulty receiving. The devil wants to tell them they are a bother, don’t worry about me…their receivers need tweaking. Friends should be your biggest encouragers and you want to receive from them. Hey, if I can’t learn to receive from a friend, my receiver needs a little tweaking. Young mothers, are another example of sometimes failing to know how to receive help from others. It is often easier for them to “do it myself” than bother someone. Learning how to accept with a joyful heart is the first step to receive.
As Christians, our receivers must always be in tune with the Holy Spirit as He directs our path. What we are receiving into our spirit may strengthen or weaken how we walk in faith. If we receive Christ as our savior, we must aggressively accept (receive) part of His inheritance and know by right of this inheritance favor follows us where ever we go. We should be actively receiving His Kingdom as part of our salvation and by doing this, we are also receiving His provision. According to the Greek definition I quoted earlier, receiving is the organ of receiving God’s thoughts, through faith. Wow, I want to know God’s thoughts!
Let’s take a Receiver test:
In just one day you just received news…. an earthquake hit California; A baby was born; your neighbor has cancer; Your son is getting married; healthcare cost is climbing; a friend called to encourage you; Another shooting was reported at a local school; Blue skies and 75 degrees; snow fall hits the north again; prescription drugs side effects may include….
Well, how did you receive the news? If your receiver kept going up and down, then your receiver needs tweaking. Our receivers should always be tuned to Christ, no matter what the news says – our salvation is in Christ, our inheritance is in Him; our favor is in Him and our provision is in Him, our government is in Him.
I Thessalonians 5
The Day of the Lord
1Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
12Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil. 23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 25Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.