Friend, do you know that God wants to bless you much more than you can expect and imagine? But we need to know how to receive God’s blessings.
We need to be aware that there is a process of preparation before God can bestow His blessings on us.
Let me share with you 4 ways God prepares us to receive His blessings.
#1 Realizing God is Our Greatest Need
Before blessing us, God wants us to need Him the most and realize He is and remains our greatest need. When we condition our hearts to make God our first and primary love and our greatest need every day, we are in the best position to receive His blessings. Making God our number 1 is a constant process, decision, and dedication. This way we declare that we are totally dependent on Him and that He is the Source of all our blessings.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)When we condition our hearts to make God our first and primary love and our greatest need every day we are in the best position to receive His blessings. #Blessings #preparation #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
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#2 Allowing God to Break and Humble Us
This step of preparation is a hard one. Every blessing is preceded by a process of breaking us and breaking is painful. God breaks and crushes us by letting us experience suffering, losses, disappointment, anguish and sorrow, and various kinds of distress. This way, He frees us from our pride, self-sufficiency, and self-righteousness.
He prepares us to be vessels that can hold His blessings and be blessings to others. Throughout the Bible, God uses broken things and broken people to shine His glory through and to release the aroma of Christ.
Let’s remember the example of Moses who was 40 years in the desert before He started His freedom mission, or David who was a shepherd and fugitive hiding in deserts and caves before he sat on the throne of Israel; or Paul who had been given a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble.
If you are currently in a process of breaking, take heart! God prepares you to receive precious blessings and to make you a blessing.Throughout the Bible, God uses broken things and broken people to shine His glory through and to release the aroma of Christ. #encouragement #Biblestudy #BloggerVoicesNetwork Click To Tweet
#3 Learning to Wrestle with God in Prayer
Do you remember Jacob who wrestled a whole night with a “man”, called also an angel and God? In the end, Jacob is given the name “Israel” and blessed, while the “man” refuses to give his own name. Jacob then names the place where they wrestled Penuel, meaning “face of God” or “facing God”(Genesis 32:22-32)
How do we wrestle with God? Most often, we wrestle with Him in prayer. We bring our problems, shortcomings, anguish, cares, and worries and wrestle with God until He blesses us. It is important to note that during the wrestling, as in the account about Jacob, the “man” touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint, so he began limping. In the same way, God touches and removes our greatest source of strength and self-sufficiency, preparing us for His blessings.
There is something more that happens when we wrestle with God. We receive new names and God develops in us a new identity. As Jacob was given the name Israel, meaning “the one who contends with God” or “the one who prevails with God”, so in Christ, we are given new names like “children of God” and “overcomers”. Learning to live from our new identity puts us in the best position to receive blessings from God.
#4 Learning to Be Honest and Transparent with God
The fourth way God prepares us to receive His blessings is by teaching us to be completely honest and transparent with Him. We need to learn how to pour out everything before God: every emotion, problem, question, and doubt. In that way, when we learn to unburden ourselves, we are in a better position to receive everything God wants to give us: peace, comfort, love, strength, joy, wisdom, and knowledge.
Job is a great example of unburdening before the Lord and being completely honest. Job poured out all his painful emotions, anguish, terror, questions, and doubts, wanting to hear from God, and longing to receive an answer. God approved of this behavior much more than the religious talks of his friends. And we know how richly God blessed Job at the end of his trial.
Another example is David, called a man after God’s heart. (Acts 13:22) We see David pouring out his heart without restraints in the many psalms he has written. David sought the Lord always and relied on Him in every situation. During his numerous trials, he has learned to unburden himself in the presence of the Lord and the Lord has blessed him with eternal blessings.
The Best Preparation to Receive God’s Blessings
The best preparation to receive God’s blessings is putting our relationship with God in the first place and investing ourselves in this relationship with all our hearts and minds. Allowing God to empty us from ourselves is a necessary prerequisite, so we can be filled with Him and can manifest the aroma of life and love to those around us. Let’s willingly submit to God’s process of breaking and humbling us, knowing this is God’s preparation to bless us abundantly and make us a blessing.The best preparation to receive God's blessings is putting our relationship with God in the first place and investing ourselves in this relationship with all our hearts and minds. #blessings #preparation #Compeltraining Click To Tweet
More Helpful Resources for You
If you need more resources to encourage you in the process of preparation to receive God’s blessings, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge
All Things New by John Eldredge
It’s not supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
Transforming Your Thought Life by Sarah Geringer
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow by David Jeremiah
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
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