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It Is the Father’s Pleasure
By Joel Osteen - Jun 02, 2023

God has great things in store for all of us, but too often we think we’ve made too many mistakes, we don’t deserve it, and we don't see how it can happen. Instead of receiving the mercy, receiving the approval, receiving the abundance, we come up with excuses. “I can’t get well. You saw the medical report.” “I can’t be blessed. I’ve had a rough past.” “I’ll never have abundance. I don’t have the training.” We don’t realize we’re self-sabotaging our future. We want to be blessed, we’re praying for favor, but because of how we feel about ourselves, we’re pushing away the very thing we want.

The apostle Paul says, “The gift of righteousness is for all who will receive it” (Romans 5:17). God has gifts for you. He has mercy, wisdom, favor, and abundance. You can’t earn it. You don’t work for it. It’s not based on your education or your background. It’s a gift. But these gifts won’t do you any good if you don’t receive them. The enemy will work overtime to try to keep you feeling condemned, unworthy, not good enough, not smart enough, not attractive enough. Instead of believing those lies, try a different approach: Have a receiving mindset. “God, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I receive Your forgiveness. You promised that ‘whom the Son sets free is free indeed,’ so I receive Your freedom today. I don’t see how I will ever get out of debt, but I receive Your abundance. I’ve been fighting this sickness a long time, but I receive Your healing.”

nly Father says you’re one of a kind, a prized possession. Don’t go through life feeling inferior, not up to par, not attractive. Have a receiving mindset. “God, I receive Your approval. I receive Your love. Thank You that You have accepted me, that I am worthy, I am valuable, I am a masterpiece.” The Scripture says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). That means it gives God great joy to bless you, to forgive you, to show you favor. But there’s a condition: Will you receive the gifts? Will you believe that you’re worthy, you’re approved, you’re valuable, you’re blessed, you’re favored? Or are you pushing away all the gifts, thinking you don’t deserve them, that you could never get well, never have abundance, never feel attractive? No, if you want to make God happy, if you want to make Him smile, have a receiving mindset. Start accepting the gifts. Start accepting His promises. You haven’t seen, heard, or imagined what He has in store for you.

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