Receiving vs. Taking

There’s a big difference between Receiving “our” desires, and Taking what we believe to be ours. The distinction lies in HOW we are allowing. There’s an allowance that comes primarily and solely from God. Once we receive this “type” of allowance – God then gives us the desires of our heart – or better said, “He” (meaning the Light of God) gives us what to desire – a right desire – a whole desire. 

  • Psalm 37:4 (ESV) – Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
  • Proverbs 10:22 (KJV) – The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. 

Then there’s also another kind of allowance. The kind that also comes from God – but IS NOT primarily and solely from “Him” (I say this, for lack of a better term). You see, when we don’t allow God to “do ‘His’ thing” – then we are erroneously taking – what’s already meant and intended to be for us (again, I say this as a man and for lack of a better term). To clarify, my point, let’s visit the King James Version of Matthew 11:12

Matthew 11:12 (KJV) – And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 

The word suffereth here means: allow – and the kingdom of heaven is The Manifested World of Action (aka the physical world – as separate from the spiritual). From this knowledge, we can surmise: That God allows the ACTION of violence – and those who are violent take what they desire – instead of receiving it from God “himself”

Yes, taking is allowed. The problem with taking, however, is that when we do – we open ourselves up to experience sorrow and negativity. Taking is not the Blessing of the Lord – because while we may obtain [IT] (our desires) – they come with side effects, and will be difficult to maintain or hold on to. 

Jeremiah 2:13 (VOICE) – My people are guilty of two evils: They have abandoned Me, the spring of living waters; And instead, they have settled for dead and stagnant water from cracked, leaky cisterns of their own making. 

Other than the aforementioned – here are a few other reasons why TAKING is so dangerous: 

  1. When we take – we are not prepared to handle the energy of [IT]; therefore we short circuit our blessings – due to the overload! It’s best that we receive our desires in small increments, so that we can be in control of our lives (or least that how it will appear to us – make no mistake: GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL). Remember, patience is a virtue. {Luke 21:19}
  2. TAKING blurs “common sense” and we then take for the wrong reason(s): James 4:3 (KJV) – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. — To only please ourselves – and – not to glorify God!
  3. We actually might take something, that really doesn’t belong to us (Isaiah 55:8-9Proverbs 3:6)!!! This is especially the case when we befriend or marry “the wrong” person. Not that person in and of themselves is bad, evil, or wrong..etc. They’re just “wrong” for us. When we take, we just may have to consider terminating our friendship or getting a divorce – simply because we took what didn’t belong to us in the first place {Matthew 24:38 / Luke 17:27}! 

When we don’t receive – we often get impatient or frustrated – and begin to take. Again, when we take – the focus of our desires is only for ourselves – and not God. TAKING allows us to disregard the process – by not having to adhere to the Laws of the Universe (well, at least from our limited mindset)! 

RECEIVING allows us to effortlessly manifest our desires, in the most truest and authentic way – because we are then allowing God to reveal them to us – in “His” Perfect Time and in “His” Perfect Will! 

The bottom line is this: RECEIVING is allowing that which is essential; TAKING is allowing that which is optional! Heed the Wisdom: What is Essential will ALWAYS outweigh what is Optional — ALWAYS!!! 

Shabbat Shalom Kings and Queens!!! And A Happy Fathers Day to All Dads & Father Figures!


Today’s Winning Affirmation:I AM Allowing GO(o)D to Flow into My Life…I AM RECEIVING!!

Scripture(s) for Today: 

  • Psalm 24:7-10 (KJV)

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

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Written and Submitted by:

Dwayne B. Neal – Team N.A.M.E.S.
“Knowledge is power, but ACTION is King!”

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