I have come to understand and believe that people desperately want to enjoy their lives, to live every day with peace, contentment and joy. They not just want to read about it or talk about it, but to walk in it and experience it as a daily reality. But, oftentimes, life keeps happening. Making it a farce and more of a joke.
I really want you to be free to receive and enjoy the abundance God has for you. Jesus says in John 16:24, “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy”. Notice the progression in the verse: Ask…in Jesus’ name, based on his merits, not your own works: receive; have joy. It’s simple.
Are you enjoying today as you look toward tomorrow? Do you take time to notice and appreciate the everyday experiences that make life rich and rewarding? Or do you race through each day so you can get to the next one? I encourage you to begin living like a ” receiver” by approaching God with faith in his goodness and in what he has done for you. You might begin to pray this way: ” God, I need mercy. I don’t deserve your help in this situation, but I’m asking you to be merciful to me and bless me anyway, and I receive it right now. I receive your help, I receive your blessings. I know you are good.
When you begin to approach God this way, it will provoke you to praise him like never before. I can not even count how many times a day I say ” Thank you, Lord, for everything. I learned that I don’t have to wait until I do everything right for God to be merciful to me or bless me. I also learned to receive from God rather than feeling I had to deserve everything I got. I see so many things for which I can be thankful that it has helped me to stop complaining so much. I had to learn how to receive.
You will notice major changes in your life the moment you learn to receive from God. He desires to bless you more than you can ever imagine. Everything he has is yours and Jesus purchased your right to enjoy it when he died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead. He paid the debt you owed as a sinner and opened the way for you to have an unreserved approach to Gods throne of grace.
I believe so much in the power of grace and I want you to do the same. From now on, start asking your father and learn to say, Thank you, every day.
Blessings and Love
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