We all need to be grateful to God for the good things of life that are freely given to us in Christ. Among them are blessings, healings, miracles, favours, fruitfulness which the Bible describes as “good and perfect gifts that come from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).
Understand that God delivered up His own Son, Jesus Christ for the benefits of our blessings, redemption, privileges, and breakthroughs. God wants to freely give us all things.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
The scripture above declares that God is willing to provide all other things freely with Christ for us. The Father Himself loves us so that He will not withhold any good thing from us. And He has made His Spirit available to believers for them to know the things that are freely given to them of Him (1 Corinthians 2:12).
The sad truth is, we are kept in ignorance with the prevailing teaching which tells us to sow money as seed faith to activate God’s power and receive from Him. BY THIS TEACHING, GOD HAS BEEN PRESENTED AS A FATHER WHO SELLS HIS GIFTS, BLESSINGS, HEALINGS, FAVOURS, TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AMONG HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS.
We need to remember Peter’s rebuke of Simon the sorcerer: “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money” ( Acts 8:20). God’s gifts, abilities, and blessings are not for sale. The Father freely with absolutely no cost to us gives all things we need for life and godliness.
Today, most Christians have been trained to live like the Old Testament saints under the Law. Consequently, they want to earn their blessings, healings, fruitfulness, favours that are already given to them in Christ by sowing money as seed faith, or through works.
Yes, the Mosaic Law demands that one meet certain requirements before God blesses him. Thus, God responds to the obedience of the people with gracious provisions, and meet their needs, but predicts judgment or curses for the disobedient ones.
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, TO OBSERVE AND TO DO ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God . . .
15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, TO OBSERVE TO DO ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS STATUTES which I command thee this day; THAT ALL THESE CURSES SHALL COME UPON THEE, AND OVERTAKE THEE:
Rightly so, the obedience of the people, thus, precedes God’s blessings under the dispensation of the Law.
The dispensation of grace, on the other hand, invites the believer to respond to God’s provisions and blessings in Christ by faith, and not by works. This is all because of what Christ has accomplished for us in His redemptive work on the cross.
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Notice if it is by grace, then it’s no longer of works. You cannot earn by works what is provided for you in Christ by grace. You cannot, therefore, sow money as seed faith to reap what is already given to you in Christ by grace.
There is absolutely nothing wrong for a Christian to give back to God in response to His blessings or graciousness. But we should never give with the aim of earning God’s blessings, fruitfulness, favours, healings, and gifts under the covenant of grace. The revealing truth is, the Father has already bestowed on us all these blessings in Christ, and our redemption includes healing, fruitfulness, deliverance. So we do not need to sow money as seed faith to earn or reap any of God’s blessings given already to us in Christ by grace. Rather, we access them by faith.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.
The disappointments, frustrations, and the unfulfilled hopes and dreams among Christians today, will be a thing of the past, if they diligently set aside their traditions and religious practices, and live the truths of God’s Word and access by faith what is already theirs in Christ (Romans 5:2).
We are blessed to be a blessing. As stewards of God’s manifold grace, let us seek the Father’s interest and His Kingdom. But we should not give to earn God’s blessings, favour, gifts, healings, breakthroughs, and anything that the Father has graciously granted us in Christ. THE FATHER’S BLESSINGS ARE NOT FOR SALE WHERE ONLY THE HIGHEST BIDDERS CAN HAVE THEM!
Articles by the same author: The laying on of hands
Written by Peter Collins Obeng
- ‘I Married for the First Time at 60’
-DR. CINDY TRIMM-TOMLINSON
- WHAT DEFINES A TRUE LEADER IN TIMES OF CRISIS.
- WHY SOW MONEY AS “SEED FAITH” FOR WHAT IS FREELY GIVEN TO YOU IN CHRIST?
- THE LAYING ON OF HANDS: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS
- THE ACT OF IMPARTATION: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS