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.

God’s Not Dead, and a Question Asked by Many

God's Not Dead

One year ago, the movie God’s Not Dead was released in theaters. Last summer, it came out on dvd. The movie is all about a college student, Josh Wheaton, standing up for his faith on campus against a professor who demands that he signs a paper stating that God is dead. I recently rewatched the movie, and there was something that really stuck out to me.

This scene is Josh’s final classroom argument to prove that God’s not dead. Pay attention especially to Professor Radisson’s response to a question Josh poses –

As the movie progresses, it becomes apparent that there’s more to the story of the professors’ unbelief than meets the eye. During the last debate, Josh asks the professor point blank why he hates God. The professor responds by saying it’s because God took everything away from him. Earlier in the movie, we find out that Radisson’s mother died of cancer when he was 12 years old, despite his prayers that God would spare her life. Therefore, he holds God responsible for his mother’s death. He also says something very interesting. He comments that the most committed athiests were originally Christians who awoke to what life really was like.

People all over the world every day are asking the question of why bad things happen if God is so good. It deeply saddens me to know that the response they often receive, and what many Christians believe to be true, makes it sound like it’s God’s fault – that He causes or allows negative things to happen for our good, because He has reasons we don’t always understand. This causes many people to turn directly away from God, or feel bitterly towards Him. Who can blame them? After all, who would really want to serve a God that is behind all of life’s tragedies – all the different things insurance clauses describe as “acts of God?” And are they really acts of God?

To say that God is good, and then to point things back to Him that are clearly bad just doesn’t make sense. John 10:10 clearly states that it is NOT God who steals, kills, and destroys, but rather that He sent His Son to give us life. Therefore, how could things like sickness, disease, death, and natural disasters possibly be good, or be from Him?

The truth of the matter? God is good. The trials and tragedies of life are not from Him. Sometimes they come as a result of people’s bad choices, and other times, it’s simply because we live in a fallen world where all is not as God originally designed it. The good news is that whatever we’re facing, God is both willing and able to help us, but when we ask, we HAVE TO BELIEVE that He will, and that it is His desire to do so. This is hard to do when we’re blaming Him for what we’re going through, or thinking that He caused or allowed our situation to teach us something.

What about you? What do you believe about tragedy, and whether or not God causes or allows it? Instead of blaming Him, are you willing to believe that He is ready and waiting to rescue you in any and all circumstances that you face?

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

Shout For Joy

Shout For JoyThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 100:1-2. These verses say to shout for joy to the Lord, worship Him with gladness, and come before Him with songs of joy.

Our God is a good God. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift in our lives (James 1:17). He sent His Son to save us. His grace is far greater than our mistakes (Romans 5:20). His love for us is unconditional.

Doesn’t all of this make you want to give thanks to Him? Worship is our response to God’s goodness, love, and grace. When we know who He is, and what He has done for us, it causes us to desire to praise Him!

Let’s shout for joy to the Lord, rejoicing in His amazing grace and unconditional love. Let’s worship Him with gladness, giving thanks for all He has done for us. Let’s come before Him with songs of joy, praising Him for who He is as our Heavenly Father!

The Lord Is Good – Taste and See!

The Lord Is Good - Taste and See!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 34:8. This verse bids us to taste and see that the Lord is good, and states that those who take refuge in Him are blessed.

Here’s a review of a post I wrote on this verse a while back –

“Our God is a good God. He has many blessings available to us, His children. He wants us to walk in and receive them.

Psalm 103:2 tells us to praise the Lord, and to not forget all of His benefits. All throughout His Word, God speaks of the blessings that are ours in Christ. As our wonderful Heavenly Father, He knows how to give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). In fact, every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). Therefore, the question to ask ourselves in determining whether something is from God if the thing in question is good and perfect. If it is not, it’s probably not from Him.

God is not the one who steals, kills, and destroys. Rather, He sent His Son that we might live an abundant life (John 10:10). He gave Him for us while we were completely undeserving. He accepted us into His family. He cares for us as any loving parent cares for their children. He continues to lavish unmerited favor and love upon us each day of our lives. Such a God truly is amazing. What are you waiting for? Taste and see His goodness today!”

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/10/taste-and-see/

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!

God’s Goodness

God's GoodnessThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Jeremiah 29:11. This verse speaks of God’s plans for us. They are plans to prosper us, not to harm us. They are plans to give us hope and a future.

God has plans for your life. He hasn’t forgotten you or left you on your own. He will never leave nor forsake you
(Deuteronomy 31:6). He is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

Our God is a good God. His plans for you are good. As your Heavenly Father, He has your interests at heart. He desires for you to live the best quality of life.

Here are some scriptures that speak of the goodness of our God:

  • He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).
  • He gives what is good to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).
  • We are invited to taste and see that He is good (Psalm 34:8).
  • The one who seeks Him will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10).
  • He is good, and His love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
  • All the days of our lives, His goodness and love will follow us (Psalm 23:6).

This week, take courage in the fact that God’s plans for you are good. Place your trust in His amazing goodness and love!

For more information on Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan, check out yesterday’s post. You can also view the plan, and download a printable pdf file
of it – including a few addition resources to use as you go through it – by visiting the page entitled Bible Reading and Memorization Plan, linked to on the navigation bar of the site. You can also visit the page by following this link: http://calledandcreated.com/bible-reading-and-memorization-plan/.