How to Receive the Bounty of God’s Love

If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you. ~ Mahalia Jackson

Do you believe the Bible? Are you sure?

Do you truly, deeply, and without reservation, believe that God loves you as His own child and wants to bless you immeasurably? He does, you know. From Genesis to Revelation, He affirms that He wants you to be blessed, abundantly supplied, healthy, full of joy and peace.

For instance, Jesus healed them all. Everyone who ever came to Him received what he or she needed to be healed and whole. Leprosy? No problem. Blind? Unable to walk? Even death had no hold on Lazarus or Jairus’ daughter or the woman’s son lying in a casket.  And the Bible clearly states that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means He wants you healed, whole and well. His mission on earth was to demonstrate God’s unfailing love.

Struggling with finances? God delights in your prosperity! He wants, above all things, for you to prosper.

Whatever you need, God has the answer and the means and ability to get it to you. However, there are some things you need to do to be ready to receive His wisdom, direction, and deliverance.

I watched the Super Bowl a couple of weeks ago. Denver struggled to maintain a presence in the game. And Peyton Manning struggled to find a receiver open to grab the ball when it came. God has a constant flow of blessing, but if you’re not in position to receive it, you may not even recognize your miracle or deliverance when it comes. It will pass you by.

Your connection to God’s overflowing blessings – so that your cup runneth over! – is faith. You need to develop your faith and trust in Him so that it’s big enough to receive the bounty He has for you. If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).

Whatever problem you face today, God has your answer. Use these four faith strengtheners to get ready to receive the bounty of His love.

Go to God first: But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matt. 6:33) Do you want healing, finances, a better home? Are you looking for peace, joy, or contentment? Whatever you need, there is a promise in the Word for you.

God is too often your last resort, not your first. You worry, wonder, and stew about the problem. You dream up schemes. You even think of ‘solutions’ that God could do for you – if only He would. Not once do you actually ask Him for help. Yet you have not because you ask not (James 4:2).

Your heavenly Father wants to be involved in every area of your life, not just the BIG stuff. No matter what your problem or challenge is, go to Him for wisdom and direction. Ask Him to meet your need. Find His promises and take a stand. “Father, I believe I receive _____ according to Your Word.” Then thank Him for it. Thank Him continually … in faith, believing that He’s working on your situation right now!

Forsake worry: Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (I Peter 5:6-7) Forsake means to abandon or desert, to turn your back on someone or something. God does not want you to worry; He wants you to trust Him in every situation. That’s what ‘humble’ means – being willing to admit that you can’t solve your own problems.

Years ago, I heard a story about a man who died. An angel showed him to hell. Before him was a banquet table, laden with every imaginable food. The aroma was delicious. Seated around the table were dozens of people, but no one was eating. Why? The spoons everyone had were two feet long. They could reach the dishes, but they couldn’t get the food to their mouths. Then the angel escorted him to heaven. Same table, same spoons. But here, everyone was feeding someone across the table so that all could enjoy the bounty.

Worry won’t solve your problems. But you may be the answer to someone else’s. Give God your cares, and ask Him to show you whom you can bless. It may not be something big. Maybe someone on the street needs a smile and a friendly ‘hello’. Perhaps a young neighbor would appreciate a sitter for an hour or two. Or a widower might value a visit and a plate of cookies. Wherever you might be inspired to help, do it. Forget your own problems; God, Infinite Love, is already working on them for you.

Do what you hear: But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only … (James 1:22) Even Jesus admitted He didn’t operate on His own power and wisdom. Instead He said only what He heard his Father say, and did only what His Father told him to do (John 5:19).

Rehashing your problems won’t solve them. Instead, worry magnifies them in your mind until they become insurmountable. Instead, say what the Father says about your situation. Pay attention to the quiet leadings of His Spirit. “Turn right” doesn’t mean to think about it and then go straight. Those seemingly inconsequential promptings are God talking to you.

Your conscience and intuition are connected to Spirit. Listen and do. If you’re not peaceful, something isn’t right. Let peace be your umpire in every situation.

On a recent business trip, we missed our exit on the interstate. The next one was 35 miles down the road, but it was possible to still arrive at our destination with little loss in time. What did we avoid by ‘missing’ our exit? I’ll never know – an accident, or maybe a construction delay. But I choose to believe that God had His hand on us, protecting us from some major crisis or minor irritation. Don’t let the glitches of the day bother you. Trust that God is keeping you safe, on time and blessed.

Trust your faith: Fear not, believe ONLY (Luke 8:50) Romans confirms that God has given every man the measure of faith (v. 12:3). That means you’ve got the same amount of faith that everyone else did. So why does it seem that some are stronger in faith? Because they exercise it more! Faith grows or atrophies just like your muscles or your brain. It’s in there, dormant perhaps, but you’ve got it.

Did you ever try a new sport or activity … and discovered that you ached in places you never knew you had? Your muscles were there – you just weren’t using them. But if you’ll eat better and go to the gym, you can strengthen those muscles so you can do more, lift more, have more stamina.

Faith is like those muscles. If you’ll feed your faith the right food (The Word) and exercise it by meditating and speaking His Word, your faith will grow. Today, you might only be able to fight off a headache, but if you will be faithful, strengthening it consistently, you will be spiritually strong enough to stand against any attack of the devil.

Christ in you, the hope of glory: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last (Rev. 22:13) Begin with God’s Word. Anchor your faith there until you see the end – the solution or manifestation that you are believing for. Don’t waiver, wonder or be double-minded; trusting one minute, doubting the next. You can’t receive anything that way (James 1:7).

The Almighty lives IN you. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you … (I Cor. 6:19) Dozens of verses affirm that Christ dwells in you. What you go through, He goes through. He Himself said He will be with you always, even unto the end of the world (Matt. 28:20). Do what you can, stay in faith, and let Him be responsible for the outcome.

We are the ones with questions; God, Infinite Mind, only has answers. He loves you completely and unconditionally. He wants to give you everything you need for an abundant, bountiful life (John 10:10). Faith is the key that opens the windows of heaven. You can allow yourself to be filled with doubt, unbelief, and fear. Or you can build your faith, trusting God’s unfailing Love and infinite bounty to meet your every need.

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