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Receiving The Blessing

 Receiving The Blessing

Your blessing is not based on what you give, but on what you receive.  What things so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them (Mark 11:24).  You give after your receive. You must receive from God before you can give.  Abraham received from God and then he tithed unto the High Priest.  The birds of the air receive from God daily.  Jesus said to pray, Give us this day our daily bread.  You must receive it.  God gives and you receive.  To those who receive Christ, God gives the power to be come the manifested Sons of God in the earth. Psalms 24:4-6, He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6  This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.  (Remember Hebrews 11:6)

Notice Psalms 98:2, The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.  

God is teaching His people how to openly receive his blessing of righteousness in the earth.  How do we receive His blessing.  We receive it by faith.  He that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Every saint listed in Hebrews Chapter 11 died in faith without receiving the promise.  

We are the generation that received the blessing. Hebrews 11:38-40, And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

For this blessing to make open show in our lives, we must first receive it.

The word states in John 3:27, John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

The Apostle Paul asked the Corinthians a question in I Corinthians 4:7.  What do you have that you did not receive?  It must be given from heaven. In order to have it, you must receive it.  If you don’t receive it, you don’t have it.    

Understand in your heart that everything that the Father has for His children must be received humbly, gladly and sincerely.  Begin to say this in the presence of God.  Father, I gladly receive your blessing.  

Luke 8:40  And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
Acts 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Say it and mean it several times a day.  Every time you go into the Father’s presence in prayer say it.  Say it now, Father I gladly receive your blessing.  This pleases your heavenly Father.  He is a giver and He needs His children to be receivers.  He wants us to receive everything that he provided for us in Christ.  

A well know minister, while ministering the word of God, people walk up and put money in His hand.  He says I receive.  He knows the source of his blessing.  It is God that is moving and he simply receives the blessing.  Many people do not understand it, but He understands it and God understands it.  There is a divine connection and the blessing always flows.  It does not happen in his Church only, but in every place He ministers that is open to His anointing.  

Paul said let him that ministers in word and doctrine be thought worthy of receiving double honor.  Many ministers do not recognize this anointing and stop themselves and the people to whom they are ministering from entering into this blessing.  

God is trying to teach the body of Christ something and many are not receiving it.  God said I will do a new thing shall you not know it.  Sadly, many of God’s children do not know it and will not receive it, but to those that do and enter in, shall be blessed with the same anointing.  

When you say Father, I gladly receive your blessing.  The Holy Spirit will reveal to you how to receive the blessing of the Father.  He will guide you.  If you are missing it in an area that is stopping the blessing from flowing to overflowing, He will show you.  He will bring to pass the words that come out of your mouth when you say, Father, I gladly receive your blessing.  

He may show you that you have been placing your faith in your own works and not in His works by saying, Lord I am a tither and a giver, I know you are going to bless me.  

Grace is receiving blessings that you did not earn. Grace is receiving what someone else has done for you. Grace is receiving what is being offered to you now in whatsoever state you are in.    Not walking in grace will stop the blessing from flowing in abundance.  

He may show you that your words are not grounded in love or your heart is not single minded towards him.  He may show you that you still have one foot in the worldly system of finance and are not free to fly like a bird or grow like a lily.  Whatever He shows you become straight way obedient to it and the blessing will flow like a river.  God is not holding back the blessing.  

He will lead you so naturally that you may not realize it for a while, but when the blessing starts flowing you will know that he led you there.  When you say, Father, I gladly receive your blessing, the angels are involved in bringing those words to pass in your life.  

When someone gives you something, be sure to say, Father, I gladly receive your blessing.  Whatever good thing comes to you be sure to say, Thank you Father, I gladly receive your blessing.  

Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose.  What is his purpose?  That He may pour His abundance on His children.    Romans 8:32, He that spared not His own Son, but delivered him up for us all, shall He not with Him freely give us all things.      

Remember to say, Father, I gladly receive your blessing, Thank you for loving me.

Notice in the above scripture that the first thing that was done after they gladly received the word was to be baptized.  Water baptism is an open show that you gladly receive the Lord Jesus Christ.

Making An Open Show

God has made an open show of Satan in the bowels of hell when he raised His Son from the dead with great triumph.  Jesus has defeated death, sickness and poverty.  

Colossians 2:15 states, And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

God has given his people victory in every area of life.  Just as Jesus made an open show of all principalities and powers in the spirit, we as His sons  and daughters, must make an open show of the enemy in this world.  

We are in the world but not of this world.  Our citizenship is in heaven.  We represent heaven in the earth as God’s ambassadors.  We are the body of Christ in the earth.  We live by the same covenant that those in heaven are now living by.  We must exercise our rights and authority over sickness and  poverty,  allowing God to put them under the feet of Jesus Christ.  In Him we live and move and have our being.

The Father told Jesus in Hebrews Chapter One to sit at My right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.  The last enemy that shall be put under the feet of Jesus is death, as stated in I Corinthians Chapter 15 saying, O death where is your sting, O grave where is your victory.  This is going to happen at the resurrection of the body.

So before Jesus can return and put death under his feet all other enemies must first be put under His feet, including sickness and poverty.  

The body of Christ has no business being sick and afflicted with poverty.  Our hearts have been sprinkled with His blood and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Therefore, the only garment worthy to drape across our backs is the robe of righteousness.  The only shoes that are worthy of our feet is the gospel of peace.  

However, God wants to make an open show of poverty in the earth. So go ahead and let God bless you with the finest suit that money can buy.  Go ahead and were those $2000 dollar shoes, made with the finest materials available in this world.  

Even though they are not worthy to be put on, wear them anyway to show the world that God has given us the victory over poverty.  We are His ambassadors.     

Notice Psalms 98:2,  The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

Let the heathen know that your Father is rich, and He is big, and He is good.

Jesus instructed us in the following scriptures how to receive this blessing.  Matthew 6:4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:,6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into  
thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Don’t let the lilies of the field out dress you. Don’t let the lilies laugh at you. They do not toil or spin, yet they are clothed much better than Solomon.  Are you not much better than they?  

The lilies are saying look at those God creatures. They don’t know who they are. They are still eating by the sweat of their faces.  When will they awake to righteousness?  When will they awake to their covenant?  When will they take their places in God’s blessing in the earth? We are here today and gone tomorrow, but they have eternal life.  O ye of little faith.  

Don’t let the fouls of the air look down on you.  Rise up and take your place of authority and walk in the riches of Christ in the earth.  The birds of the air do not sow nor reap or gather, yet your heavenly Father feeds  them.  Shall he not much more meet your every need and grant your every want, based on your covenant of righteousness.

It may have been a long time since you were baptized in water as a symbol of what took place in the spirit through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  You may have a better understanding of this now and want to be baptized again.  Or you may have never been baptized.  

This time you may want to make an open show of your love and commitment to Christ.  Instead of wearing those old worn out jeans and a tee shirt that you do not care about into the water of death, go out and buy the best suit you can afford and the best shoes that you can afford.  Make water baptism special occasion in your life.  Put on that new suit and new shoes for the first time and go get baptized.  Let that be your Alabaster Box unto the Lord.  

Sure you may receive criticism from those who do not understand your motives.  Some may say, Could not this suit have been given to the poor and it was destroyed by water.  But go ahead and do it any way.  This is between you and your Lord.  After all your sin was destroyed and you came up a new creature in Christ.  The price of a new suit and shoes is no comparison to what was given to you.  

After all, people do it everyday with wedding attire.  They save and save just to buy a dress that will be worn for a couple of hours.  Why?  Because it is a very special occasion in life!  How much more should the day of your water baptism be special?  I wonder if Jesus put on his old robe the day He went to be baptized by John the Baptist.   

Go a step further.  Take that wet suit and shoes and throw them in the trash.  Make an open show that you do not look good in sin.  The only robe that fits you is a robe of righteousness and the only shoes that are worthy of your feet is the gospel of peace, because your heart has been sprinkled with the precious blood of Christ and your body has been washed with pure water.  

Right before you go down into the water say, Father I gladly receive your blessing.  When you come up you may want to do a little jig unto the Lord.   Let the world know with an open show that the best things they have can’t save you, only the blood of Jesus Christ and faith in His Name can save you.  Do it, make it a day of remembrance.      

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