Faith to Receive or Faith to Conceive

by APC on May 08, 2016

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised (Hebrews 11:11, KJV).

There is a difference between receiving a promise and conceiving a promise. According to theologians, there are 3,573 promises in the Word of God. We have promises of forgiveness (I John 1:9), the infilling of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38–39), power (Acts 1:8), eternal life (John 14:1–3), and many more.

We have the ability to partake in all of God’s promises if our lives are aligned with His Word. However, there is often a disconnect in our life—we receive the promises of God, but we fail to conceive them. God’s promises will always be true whether we believe them or not. But, in our life, God’s promises won’t fully come to pass until we conceive them.

Receiving a Promise

God’s Promises are Personal

God has specific promises for each of His children. God came to Abraham and Sarah with a promise for them that wasn’t for anyone else (Genesis 18:1). While we can lend ourselves to helping others receive their promise from God, we need to desire that our promises are fulfilled.

God’s Promises Sometimes Seem Impossible

We can become so blind that we think God’s promises are an impossibility in our life. We forget the Author of the promise! We cannot become fearful of God’s promises coming to pass in our life (like Sarah when she laughed). We need to remember that there isn’t anything too hard for the Lord (Genesis 18:14) and with Him all things are possible (Mark 10:27)!

God’s Promises Require Patience

Abraham waited 25 years between the promise of a child and seeing his son born (Genesis 12:1–7). We cannot become frustrated when a promise isn’t fulfilled in our timeframe or per our desire. If God gave us a promise He will fulfill it in His time and according to His purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We cannot think we know God’s timing better than He does or even try to manipulate it. Let God move in our life the way He sees fit!

Conceiving a Promise

God Loves Us Enough to Give Us Personal Promises

In God’s perfect design of marriage, He allows intimate moments where children can be conceived. God desires for us to know Him on an intimate level so promises can be received as a result. We need to connect with Him on a deeper level; drawing deeper in God allows us to believe and operate in a greater level of faith.

Sarah was able to grasp “next level faith;” Scripture tells us she was able to conceive seed (Hebrews 11:11). We need to raise our level of faith and walk by realizing God wants an intimate relationship with us. He wants us to draw near to Him so we too can operate in a new level of faith. If our forefathers were able to walk in a greater element of faith, we can too—we can conceive the promise!

We Must Do Our Part to Receive the Promise

God’s plan is perfect—when He opens a door no one can shut it. But, our part in receiving the promise may involve waiting, or taking action, or in doing whatever God calls us to do. The principle is not whether we will act or wait but if we will be obedient and submit to the plan of God. Waiting and action will be completely pointless if we are not obedient and submitted to God.

Waiting will reveal our true motives in receiving God’s promises (Jeremiah 17:9), perfect His work in us (James 1:4), help us develop character (Psalms 86:11), draw us closer to God (Psalms 91:1), and help us build a thankful heart (I Thessalonians 5:18). We need to seek God to determine what we need to do to help our promises come to fruition in our life!

Specific Promises for Today


The best thing a mother can do for her children is to pray for them and to be a model of submission and obedience. The power of a submitted, praying mother will help create a heart in her children that will hear when the man of God speaks. Mothers will help to cultivate a mindset in their children to respond to the Word of God. If a mother will pray, God will do a work.


There is a promise over marriages if we will ensure the restoration of roles in the home. We need to align ourselves with the Word of God and allow the proper fulfillment of roles in our marriages. If we continually operate outside of our God-given boundaries, promises will not be conceived in our lives. Women need to submit to their husbands and allow them to develop into the leader of the home. Once we submit to the plan of God and His Word, we will see promises in our marriages.


God wants to use His children to fulfill His work. Our promises in ministry will be a direct proportion of the process God wants to take us through. God cannot release a purpose in our life without taking us through a process—God may put us through a season of testing before He can use us. Part of our testing will be to submit to the pastor He places in our life. There will not be a ministry purpose conceived in us until we pray for those over us.

Faith to Conceive

Today, we need to seek the Lord and pray for His help in igniting an ability in each of us to conceive His promises in our life. We have the ability to see those promises and partake in those promises if we exercise the measure of faith He has given us. Today is the day we can conceive—we don’t have to wait another day.

Adapted from Sunday Morning Service on May 8, 2016 with Guest Speaker, Candy Saylor