Become Good at Receiving from God!

Become Good at Receiving from God

Are you good at receiving? Or do you have a difficult time accepting something as a free gift?

Sometimes, it can be hard for us to allow others to do things just to bless us. When we go out for coffee with a friend and they want to pay the bill, we insist that we must pay for our own beverage. When someone we know tries to give us a gift, we tell them that they really didn’t have to get one for us. We make the simple task of receiving what is freely given to us into a complicated matter involving lots of going back and forth. Our acceptance is more grudging that gracious, because we feel awkward simply taking what we are being offered, thanking the giver for their kindness, and allowing them to have the joy of blessing someone they care about.

This difficulty in receiving can easily transfer over into our relationship with God. He has so many good things He wants to give us, that Jesus paid the price for us to be able to have, but there’s one catch – He offers them to us as free gifts, which must be received, not earned. This is actually good news for us, because we can never be good enough to earn God’s blessings anyways. However, we still like to try. We have a hard time accepting God’s good gifts as freely as they are given. We come up with all kinds of excuses of why they can’t be for us, when all the while the only thing God is asking of us is that we would just receive what He is offering to us.

God loves seeing His children enjoy all that He has for them. It brings Him joy when you receive His blessings as the free gift He intends them to be. You can’t earn them, so to receive them is the only way they are ever going to be yours. Overcome your difficulty in accepting what He offers you with a thank you, and become good at receiving from Him!

Linked this post up with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully.

Speaking in Tongues

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When the believers in Acts 2 were baptized in the Holy Spirit, they began to speak in tongues. In numerous other places throughout Acts and the rest of the New Testament, God’s Word talks about speaking in tongues. It is something that God desires for all of His children to experience today, and willingly gives to all of them who will accept it.

Acts 2:4 says that the believers began speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. In other words, when we speak in tongues, we’re simply speaking out words that the Holy Spirit gives us. Even though we won’t recognize or understand what we’re saying, it’s from Him. Our job is to just open our mouths and speak out the words He’s giving us.

Speaking in tongues comes along with baptism in the Holy Spirit, and is important in our lives as believers. When we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit can pray through us about things we don’t even know to pray about, or pray exactly what needs to be said about situations we aren’t sure how to pray for. Praying in tongues can help us to connect with God in a way that aids us in hearing what He has to say to us. These are just some of the reasons why praying in tongues is important for us as followers of Christ.

Speaking in tongues is something God makes available to all believers. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, then it’s for you! Are you open to this gift that God wants to give you?

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

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Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? Have you ever had someone ask you that question, and found it difficult to explain to them clearly what being a Christian is all about?

Simply put, a Christian is someone who has received God’s gift of salvation. A Christian understands that . . .

  • They have done things that are wrong, and the wrong things they have done separated from God. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • No matter how hard they try, they can’t save themselves. We can never be good enough to earn a relationship with God, because He is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect. (Romans 3:10)
  • Jesus took their place. The payment for doing things that are wrong is death. Jesus took our place, and died for us. Because He did that, we can have eternal life – a relationship with God that begins now, and will last forever! (Romans 6:23,
    John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • God offers us salvation as a free gift. When someone gives you a gift, you reach out and take it! God offers the gift of salvation to each of us. We simply need to receive it! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, this is what that decision meant. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation yet, accept it today!

Aren’t sure where to begin? Simply tell God that you know you’re an sinner, and can’t save yourself. Tell Him you want Jesus to be your Savior, and that you receive His gift of forgiveness and salvation. It’s as simple as that!

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The Giver of Every Good and Perfect Gift

The Giver of Every Good and Perfect GiftWeek 41 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Hebrews 11-13, and James 1-3.

James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from God, who doesn’t change like the shifting shadows.

“Every good thing in your life is from your Heavenly Father. He isn’t the giver of that which causes sadness, heartache, and pain, but rather of every good and perfect gift. As our Father in Heaven, He delights in blessing us, and seeing us enjoy His blessings. That is the kind of Daddy He is!

Our God is unchangeable. In a world that’s constantly shifting and turning, He remains constant. The One who loves to provide for us, and desires for us to accept His good gifts, will continue to be our source of blessing. For your provision, look to the One who is the giver of all things good and perfect!” – Excerpt from previous post “Every Good and Perfect Gift

Every Good and Perfect Gift

Every Good and Perfect GiftThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is James 1:17. This verse states that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who doesn’t change like the shadows, which are constantly shifting.

Every good thing in your life is from your Heavenly Father. He isn’t the giver of that which causes sadness, heartache, and pain, but rather of every good and perfect gift. As our Father in Heaven, He delights in blessing us, and seeing us enjoy His blessings. That is the kind of Daddy He is!

Our God is unchangeable. In a world that’s constantly shifting and turning, He remains constant. The One who loves to provide for us, and desires for us to accept His good gifts, will continue to be our source of blessing. For your provision, look to the One who is the giver of all things good and perfect!

Receive The Gift Of No Condemnation

Receive The Gift Of No CondemnationWeek 13 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was John 7-11. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ interactions with the crowds and the religious leaders, as well as a few of His miracles and teachings.

In John 8:1-11, we read of the Pharisees bringing to Jesus a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery, stating that the law commanded them to stone her, and asking what He had to say about it. In reply, Jesus bid he who was without sin to cast the first stone. One by one, the people left, until only Jesus and the woman were left standing there. Jesus asked her if anyone condemned her. Everyone was gone, so she answered no. Jesus told her then neither did He condemn her, and to go and sin no more.

Before Jesus bid the woman to go and sin no more, gave her the gift of no condemnation. He offers the same to you today, for He came not to condemn, but to save (John 3:17). No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, if you believe in Him, you are not condemned (John 3:18). Know and believe that because of what Christ has done for you, your Heavenly Father does not remember your sins any longer (Hebrews 8:12)!

When we truly understand the gift of no condemnation that we have been given, it empowers us to go and sin no more. The power of God’s love and grace sets us free, enabling us to move beyond our failures, and live the life God desires for us. When we catch a glimpse of His great mercy, we will be drawn to live a life that honors Him, out of love for the One who saved us!

Today, know that there is no condemnation for you, because you are in Christ (Romans 8:1).  Receive the gift of no condemnation, and step into the plans that God has for you!

Join us next week for more of the All That He Has Done series, which is all about what Christ has accomplished for us, and how His death and resurrection affect our lives today!

The Gift Of No Condemnation

The Gift Of No CondemnationRomans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, no matter what you have done or failed to do, there is no condemnation for you in Him!

Why is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ? Romans 8:2 gives us the answer – because the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. No matter how hard we try, we never can live up to the standards of perfection detailed in the law. Every time we try, we end up caught in a cycle of trying and failing, trying and failing, over and over again. 2 Corinthians 3:7 calls it the ministry that brought death, engraved on stones, and 2 Corinthians 3:9 declares it the ministry that brought condemnation. 2 Corinthians 3:9 goes on to say, however, that if the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is that which brings righteousness!

Through Moses was given the law, but through Christ came grace and truth (John 1:17). We are made righteous through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9). If we believe in Him, we are NOT condemned (John 3:18)! Know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Receive His gift of no condemnation, and walk in the freedom He desires for you!

The King Come to Save Us

The King Come to Save UsWise men come to see Baby Jesus – Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem. They inquired as to the whereabouts of the one who had been born king of the Jews. They had seen His star, and come to worship Him. This disturbed King Herod. He called together the chief priests and teachers of the law, to find out where the Messiah was to be born. According to Scripture, Bethlehem was to be his birthplace. King Herod sent for the wise men secretly, finding out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He told them to go to Bethlehem, and make a careful search for the child, that he might worship Him as well. Afterwards, the wise men went on their way. When they saw the star, which had stopped over the place where Jesus was, they were overjoyed! They bowed down and worshiped Him, opened their treasures, and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They returned to their country by a different route, having been warned in a dream not to go back to King Herod.

The wise men went on a journey, traveling first to Jerusalem, and then on to Bethlehem, to worship the king that had been born. Jesus was Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23) – truly the King of all! Though God in His very nature (Philippians 2:6), He came down to this earth to save us. He was made in human likeness (Philippians 2:7), and humbled Himself, becoming obedient even to the point of death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place, giving Him the name above all names. At His name, every knee should bow, and every tongue acknowledge Him as Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). The Son of the Most High paid the price to redeem us! Let’s acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior!

The Magi presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh – gifts fit for a king! Of all of the gifts that are given at Christmastime, Jesus, God’s gift of love to us that first Christmas, remains the greatest gift of all! Our Heavenly Father gave us the very best He had to offer. If He did not spare own His Son, how will He not freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)? It is only in receiving from our Daddy in heaven that we can have anything to give out in return. Because our Savior died for us, we are now to live for Him
(2 Corinthians 5:15). We offer ourselves as living sacrifices, in view of God’s mercy
(Romans 12:2). When we recognize the His amazing grace, and abundant love for each of us, it makes us want to live in a way that brings honor to Him.

Our wonderful Savior took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made right with God. Let’s acknowledge Him as Lord in our hearts and our lives. Let’s receive our Heavenly Father’s gift of love to us, and live for the One who gave His life for us. Let’s give thanks to God for sending Jesus, the King come to save us!