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The “Name It & Claim It” Deception

There is an ungodly teaching that has surfaced over the past several years that has had a detrimental effect on believers to this day.  We are warned by Paul that there will be false teachings and doctrines that will tickle our ears and satisfy our flesh (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  In recent years this has been the “Name it and Claim it” deception.

The internet is saturated with teachings about declaring what you want and you will have it.  Most include a telephone number or website where you can “sow into your vision” to speed things up.  Sadly, what you are actually sowing into is their vision!

But the majority of us know this, correct?  We’d never fall prey to this foolishness, right?  

Unfortunately most of us actually have fallen prey to this deception…for we have seen in part.  By acknowledging that this whole “Name it and Claim it” business is a scam, we think we have outwitted the enemy.  After all, his deception has been exposed.

We are wrong.

We didn’t outwit satan at all.  For you see, behind every great lie is often a Truth.  For why would the enemy seek to seduce us with false doctrine, if there wasn’t a Truth that he was trying to distract us from?

If satan can get us to believe that there is no truth in naming and claiming, then we consider the whole idea absurd.  It’s ridiculous.  Ludicrous.

So what if I told you to believe and receive?  

What if God told you?

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24

He did.

And He told you more than once.  Please study this out for yourself.

So could it be that our old adversary, who roams around looking for someone to devour, has kept us from all God intended because we fear being labeled a “Name it and Claim it” or “Blab it and Grab it” freak?


I recall visiting with a pastor once about sozo (Greek word for salvation, meaning healed, delivered, made whole, protected, prospered) and I was pumped!  I was rejoicing over everything that Christ did for us on the cross and had to share the full gospel message with others!  However, instead of joining me in rejoicing, I was warned not to become a member of the “Name it and Claim it” crowd.

My polite response: “I don’t name it and claim it; I believe and receive.

This is a Kingdom law.

Just as God placed natural laws (or principles) into place, He put supernatural laws in place as well.  These supernatural laws and principles are how the Kingdom functions.

“…believe that you have received it…”

Here’s the clincher – we are told to believe that we received the moment we prayed.  So we go once before the Lord with our request, then offer prayers of praise and thanksgiving for an answered prayer – whether or not we have seen it manifest into the natural (think of the fig tree – it was the following day before the effects of Jesus’ words manifested).  No more asking, for we believed the moment we prayed.  This is a prayer of faith.

Yes, the Lord’s promises are conditional.  Should this bother us?  Consider this: our salvation was dependent upon an action on our part – we had to believe, correct?  We had to believe in the saving grace of Christ when we received Him as Lord and Savior.  So why does it ruffle our feathers when we see that all of God’s other promises are conditional as well?

We receive healing, protection, deliverance and provision the same way we received salvation: we believe.

We must be in agreement with His Word.

{Side note: This is VERY important, so do not misunderstand what I am saying here – God will grant you the desires of your heart WHEN and only when you have aligned your heart with His.  Do NOT think for one moment that you can rattle off your wish list to God and expect a shiny red sports car to appear in your driveway.  Align your heart with His and let HIS desires fill your heart.  Then when you pray, you are praying HIS will, not yours.  Therefore your prayers WILL be answered!

We know that God desires all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), that all are healed (1 Peter 2:24 – if we were healed, then we are healed, so we are praying God’s will when we declare our healing), and that we prosper in spirit, soul and body (3 John 1:2).  Do not take my word for it – please study the scriptures for yourself.}

Dear one, I encourage you to ponder this: what are you believing for?  When you took your request before the Lord, did you believe that you received when you asked?  Is your mouth now overflowing with praise and thanksgiving to God for your answered prayer?  Was your request one that align with the will of God or with your flesh?

Find delight in the Lord, align your heart with His, and He WILL give you the desires of your heart!

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4




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  1. Excellent, Carol! That was such a good explanation and so well written! I love your response of ‘believe and receive’. Thanks for sharing!

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