“But to all who have received him—those who believe in his name—he has given the right to become God’s children” (Jn. 1:12 NET).
Grace is received, because it is a gift of God. If you are a believer, you have already received grace into your heart! The same way you received the grace that brought salvation for your soul is the way you will receive grace for your health, relationships, finances, marriage, business, etc. So how did you receive grace when you got born again?
The scripture above teaches us that all those who have received Jesus were given the right to become God’s children. It then shows us how they received Jesus by adding “those who believe in His Name.” Grace is received by faith. This truth is so simple, but very critical. And it is amazing how often we miss it, and continue to miss it. You receive all of God’s favor and blessings for your life by believing. When you believe, you receive. I cannot tell you how many believers out there are trying to get God to bless them financially by doing their best to be faithful in tithing, seed-sowing, etc. This truth might shock you, but it will change your life. When it comes to receiving from grace, all you need is to believe that God has given it to you. Receiving from God is not the same as manifesting or making physical what you have received. Faith is believing that you will receive from God and acting to release or manifest what you believe. Giving is clearly scriptural and is associated with financial prosperity. It is the mindset of giving to get God to bless you that is the killer. When you know that you are already blessed by believing, then you give to release or manifest your blessing! There is a place for works, but not to make God give you anything—rather, you must express or manifest what you have received.
Can you see the difference between believing (to receive from God) and acting to manifest or bring forth what you have believed? Many believers are acting (as by giving, mentioned above) without first believing, which only results in frustration and burnout.
APPLY THE WORD
The greatest thing we need to do is shift our mindset. It will change your world. Take God for His Word. If He has given, He has given! Turn your attention toward how to make what you have already received work!
Make a request to Jesus now that He will enable you to be an expert in receiving from God.
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