A perfect example is found in the 3rd Chapter of I Kings with young King Solomon. The Lord appeared unto him in a dream and said “ask what I will give you.” (I Kings 3:5) Solomon asked God for a wise and understanding heart. (Verse 9) God answered Solomon and gave it to him. At that moment, God also gave Solomon riches and honor. I Kings 3:13 declares, “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” Notice, God said that He had given Solomon both riches and honor; He did not say that He will give him. When God said it, Solomon did not see any riches; his natural senses did not conform that he had received riches and honor. God gave Solomon a Thought to think through words. What Solemn had to do was: (l) receive the words from God, (2) think at that point that he was rich; and (3) act as though he possessed riches and honor. His behavior was in agreement with the truth.
In God’s New Covenant, He has already given us everything that we need for life and godliness through His knowledge. II Peter 1:3 declares, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Notice, this Scripture declares that God’s power has already given us the things through knowledge. Like Solomon, we must receive the thoughts that are inside His knowledge. At the point that we receive them, we must think that we have the things.
When we accept what God says, the things are inside us as living thoughts. We focus on those thoughts and expect the things to manifest, since they have already been given to us. God Bless.
From Pastor Leroy Rankin