Alan Platt | You have to receive, not achieve
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You have to receive, not achieve

As Christians we are often driven to “do, do, do”, forgetting that Christianity is actually about “done, done, done”.

God’s ways are contrary to man’s ways. Man thinks that for God to bless him he needs to deserve, earn and merit God’s favour and blessings by his own efforts.  Man thinks that God’s blessings are based on his performance and good works.

The Bible states very clearly that we are to reign in life through Jesus Christ just by receiving two things from Him: the Abundance of Grace and the Gift of Righteousness.

God’s way is not about achieving, but about receiving. He promised that when we receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, we will reign in life. He did not say that when we achieve grace and our own righteousness, we will reign in life. Unfortunately we have been taught to focus on achieving, on doing and on relying on our self-efforts.

What believers do is that they take the system of the world and apply it to their Christian life. Instead of depending on God’s grace for His favour and blessings to flow, they depend on their self-efforts to try and deserve God’s favour and blessings. You cannot earn God’s blessings by your performance.

God’s blessings are based entirely on His grace. His blessings over your life have to be undeserved, unearned and unmerited. In other words, there is nothing that you can do to deserve His blessings, for they are based entirely on receiving Jesus, and through His finished work, the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished!” Everything that you and I require to reign in life was accomplished at Calvary on our behalf. That’s why we call what Jesus did on the cross His ‘finished work’! He finished it. He completed it. It is done!

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