Friday, March 4, 2016

RECEIVE YOUR GIFT!

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32  

We celebrated our daughter Alicia’s birthday last month. The month before her birthday, Alicia’s car required a major repair that ended up being very costly for us. As her birthday approached, she came and told me that she didn’t want us to get her anything for her birthday because we had already paid so much for the car repair. One of our traditions is opening gifts first thing on birthday mornings. When she opened our card, she immediately said, “Mom, you weren’t supposed to give me anything!” I smiled and simply said, “I couldn’t help it!”  The moment I said that, it hit me that God feels the same way about me and you.  He can’t help wanting to bless us because it gives him great pleasure to do so in the same way that I got pleasure from blessing my daughter.  It didn’t matter what I had already done for her or even the mistakes she had made in the past, my heart was to bless her simply because I love her. If you are a parent, you can surely relate to what I am saying.  However, sometimes, we forget that God is our Father, and He is no different.  In fact, the Word states, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11) Sometimes we don’t receive all that God has for us because we feel we are undeserving for whatever reason.  Or maybe we feel that he has already done so much that we shouldn’t expect more. We have to remind ourselves that God takes pleasure in blessing us. So let go of everything that hinders you from receiving from God, and give him some pleasure by simply receiving!

Psalm 35:27  Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

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