As I sat visiting with God this morning, I thanked Him for His generosity towards us. I began to ponder all Jesus did for us on the cross, and was overwhelmed with gratitude and love for Him! God’s Love and generosity was demonstrated and made evident to us by what Jesus took to the cross on our behalf – sin and it’s consequences: sickness, disease, poverty, bondage and death (Galatians 3:13).
The Lord reminded me of how one receives from another is often indicative of how we receive from Him. How many times has someone wanted to bless us with a gift, only for us to refuse? Often the first words from my mouth would be, “Oh, no, you don’t have to do that!” If we refuse, we are denying the giver an opportunity to bless, and we have also denied ourselves a blessing.
If we say “no” to the generosity of a friend, how much more do we say “no” to the generosity of God? He stands before us with the gift of salvation (Greek word sozo – forgiveness, healing, wholeness, prosperity, deliverance and protection), and we often say, “No thank You.” Why? There can be several reason, such as feeling unworthy to receive, being independent, or believing you must “work” to earn your way. You may have even experienced gifts with strings attached, vowing to never receive a “gift” again. (Gifts with strings attached are no gifts at all. I’m speaking of god-inspired generosity.) And you may be unaware of the good gifts of God that He has already blessed us with (Ephesians 1:3).
If you have found yourself refusing gifts from others, I ask you to ponder this: are you refusing gifts from your heavenly Father? As He stands before you with outstretched hands, are you denying the gift placed before you? If the answer is yes, please ask Holy Spirit why you have been refusing and allow Him to reveal the root cause (a lie accepted as truth can build a stronghold). Once revealed, uproot that lie and replace it with the Truth of God’s Word that speaks to your situation. Then ask Him to help you receive His generosity towards you. Remember, God’s gifts often come through people, so denying a gift from someone can be denying a gift from God…it may even be an answer to a prayer!
God is good. So very good! Christ died to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). Consider this in Ephesians 1:7-9:
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.
Do you see the Lord’s generosity in this passage? He has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13) and made known to us His Will, which we see above and in 1 Corinthians 2:10. Do you receive His generosity for yourself? Today will you set it in your heart to receive all the good gifts your Father has so lavishly given to you, because it pleases Him to do so?
His Hand is extended towards you, Beloved…
BELIEVE AND RECEIVE!