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!
What are you in need of today? In what area do you need God’s supply? Don’t be afraid to come to Him with your request. His supply is far greater than any need that you may be facing!
In Luke 9:10-17, the people Jesus was teaching were in need of food. There was only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish available to them at the time. This was not near enough food to feed the 5,000 or more that were present. Jesus had the people sit down anyway. He gave thanks for the food, distributed it, and there was enough for all of them to eat until they were satisfied, with 12 basketsful left over.
In this situation, it look impossible for the people’s need to be met. After all, who ever heard of feeding a whole crowd with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish? Jesus did the impossible anyway, providing more than enough for all who were present. Though their need was great, God’s supply was greater still!
The same holds true in our lives today. No matter what our need, regardless of how great or small it may be, God is more than willing and able to supply it. When you present your request to Him, ask in faith, knowing that you will receive what you are lacking!
Have you ever heard that God sometimes sends us trials to teach us something? That He allows us to go through difficult seasons so that we will draw closer to Him? Guess what?!? It’s a myth!
God is good. He loves you far more than you could possibly imagine. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) and He promises to give good things to those who ask (Mtt 7:11). He is not the source of life’s tragedies. He is the One who will bring about healing, wholeness and abundance in every area of your life if you will receive it. It is His desire to see you enjoy every blessing that He has for you. It is His goodness, not Him sending trials, that leads people to repentance (Rom 2:4), turning them towards Him.
God isn’t causing bad things to happen to you, or sitting back and simply allowing them to take place. Quite the opposite, in fact. He sent His Son to pay the price for you to get to know Him, and have the right as His child to receive your healing, freedom, peace, joy, restoration, and whatever it is you’re in need of. As your Heavenly Father, He’s on your side. He stands ready and waiting to rescue you!
Know this once and for all – it’s ALWAYS God’s will to save and deliver you, regardless of the situation you may be in, or how you got there. In many cases, the reason people pray and don’t see a breakthrough is because they don’t really believe this. They question what it’s really God’s will to do in the situation, or they think He won’t work in their lives because they don’t deserve it. Matthew 21:22 says that you will receive what you ask for if you BELIEVE! Don’t doubt God’s willingness or ability to work in your situation. Trust in Him, and see your miracle come to pass!
Have you ever wondered how God can love you in spite of the mistakes you make? Do you feel as if all the times you’ve messed up surely must make Him love you less? Like your failings somehow separate you from His affection?
Guess what?!? It’s not true! God doesn’t require you to be perfect for Him to love you. There’s only one person He ever expected perfection from, and that’s Jesus! He didn’t send His Son to save those who had it all together. He sent Him to save those who had messed up – those who knew that they didn’t have it all figured out. Need proof? Look up Matthew 9:13, which says that he didn’t come to call those who were righteous, but rather that He came to call sinners! Or what about Romans 5:6, which says that it was for the ungodly that He died?
Do you want to know the reason God gave us all the rules in His Word? Not so that we could struggle to be good enough to become right with God, but rather to show us that we weren’t perfect, so that we’d know we needed someone to save us (Romans 3:20). God poured out His wrath and the punishment for our sin on Jesus. Now, He promises to never be angry with or rebuke us again (Isaiah 54:9). In fact, He no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 8:12). If He no longer remembers them, how can they keep Him from loving us?
If you’ve received Jesus as your Savior, know that you are God’s child. He loves you, and cares about you very much. He always will, regardless of your actions. Stop beating yourself up over your mistakes, and accept your Heavenly Father’s love for you!
How do you view Christianity? What do you think it means to be a Christian? So often it seems like it’s about following a bunch of rules. Do this. Don’t do that. Try your hardest to be good enough for God to love and accept you. Do your best to earn approval. We try, and we fail. We try, and we fail again. Some of us eventually give up, wondering what’s the point if our greatest efforts are never going to be enough for us to make the cut anyway.
Do you ever feel like this? Be introduced to amazing grace!
For most people, grace is a puzzle that seems impossible to grasp. How could a perfect God want us to come to Him just as we are, when we’re so imperfect? How could He love us in spite of the mistakes we make? How can He accept us when we mess up so often?
That’s where grace comes in. Jesus gave His life to pay for the wrong things we have done. Because of this,our sins have been washed away, and God not only doesn’t give what we do deserve, but gives us His blessings and favor that we don’t deserve. We don’t have to do anything to earn it. We just need to believe in what Jesus did for us, and receive it. No catch. No other qualifications.
Doesn’t this sound better than trying to be good enough for God to approve of you? Stop trying to earn His acceptance, and start receiving His amazing grace!
This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:17. This verse says that as Jesus is, so are we – that in this world, we are like Him!
When we look at ourselves, we see our mistakes, our failures, and our imperfections. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness and perfection of His Son covering us. You are not who you once were! You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are in Christ. He is your new identity!
As Jesus is, so are you! As He is accepted by God, so are you! As He is loved by the Father, so are you! As He is in perfect right standing before the Most High, so are you! As He is free from sickness, fear, depression, discouragement, despair, and anxiety at God’s right hand, so are you!This freedom is available to you for the taking – receive it!
Begin to view yourself in this light. See yourself as God sees you. Find your identity in Christ!
Week 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.
Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.
It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.
If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!
This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.
John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.
When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!
Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.
Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?
believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!
approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!
allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!
trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!
receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!
Week 27 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 1 Corinthians 12-16. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, which are given for the common good. They are all the work of the same Spirit, which He distributes to each, as He determines.
Here are the nine gifts mentioned in this passage:
word of wisdom
word of knowledge
gifts of healing
working of miracles
discerning of spirits
different kinds of tongues
interpretation of tongues
God wants us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit. Like any gift, they are offered to us freely. Let’s receive and utilize these gifts, that our Heavenly Father has for us as His children!