Cease Striving and Receive, Sep 26, 2010

Ps. 46:1-10

– we need to listen for the voice of God and let it bring peace to the troubled waters
– God wants to prosper me so I can prosper others
– as Christians, we’re not individuals, but grafted into the body of Christ
– we’re called together to do something for God

A holy passivity
– we must receive before we can give (1 Cor. 11:23)
– can’t get something from God if I’m tryingt to hard to get it myself

Blocks to receiving:
– rebellion/unteachable (Jer. 7:28)
– stubbornness (John 1:11; 3:11; 12:48) – not receiving because God didn’t do it exactly the way we wanted Him to do it
– carnality/natural man (1 Cor. 2:14)
– doubht (James 1:5-8; 4:3)

Rewards of receiving:
Prov. 10:8, Prov. 19:20, Matt 10:41, John 20:22, Acts 1:8 (so we can receive power so we can be a witness), Acts 10:43, Rom. 5:17, Rom. 8:15 (adopted and not given to fear) Rom 15:7 (receive others) Mark 11:24 (believe and you’ll receive) Luke 18:41-42

How to receive:
– like a child
– repentance
– meekness (James 1:21)
– coming (Matt 11:28; Heb 4:16)
– we need to remove blocks so we can receive from God