The following blog was written in reference to an episode of The WealthBuilders Podcast by Vice President Karen Conrad. Tune to hear the corresponding show.
The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean that we stop receiving gifts! In fact, we need the gifts that God gives us in order to fully embrace the plans He has for us in the new year. And when we accept Jesus into our life, there are so many gifts that God gives us. Tapping into these gifts will change your life.
Luke 2:14 (TPT) says, ““Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven!
For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”
There will be times this year where you will face hardship and resistance. However, when times get tough, we can choose to lean into the peace and hope of God. That is good news!
In this blog post, we will unpack eight of the gifts that God gives us. Note that these are gifts, so we don’t have to do anything to receive them other than agree in faith that they’re ours. These gifts are free of charge and can be activated in our lives simply based on our heart-to-heart connection with Jesus.
8 Gifts that God Gives Us
“Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12
Favor is the uncommon advantage Christians have due to their connection with God. This favor can manifest in several ways, whether it be in our relationships, careers, investments, or something else!
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18
In Jesus we have supernatural creative power. We have authority over things of this world! For example, if we experience sickness in our body, we can resist it because we know God’s best for us is healing. If we see someone who is hurting, we know that God’s power can fix their problems and we can minister to them.
God also gives us the power to get wealth! That doesn’t mean that wealth is going to come into our lives out of nowhere. Rather, it means that we get to partner with God’s wisdom to find creative solutions to generate profit and increase in our lives.
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29
You have the right to be where you are and to function to the fullest in that position. Many people give up their God-given authority because they don’t realize they have it or they are afraid of stepping on people’s toes. If you are in a position of authority or have been given an assignment by someone in authority, you need to stand confident in the fact that you are capable and equipped.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
Wisdom is the applied truth and the application of knowledge. I like to think of wisdom as something that is beyond my natural ability. However, when we ask for wisdom, God gives it to us liberally and without restraint.
5. Divine Appointments
“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4
God will guide us and lead us to be at the right place at the right time. This takes the pressure off having to calculate and manipulate our circumstances! We don’t have to be afraid that we’ll ‘miss it.’ Pray for divine appointments every single day and see what happens! God knows how to guide you and get you to the right people.
6. Open Doors
“For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27
No person can close a door that God has opened for you. People have no ability to stop God’s plan for your life! Trusting this brings profound peace and rest. You don’t have to force yourself into situations.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have anointing. Anointing is the sustained presence of God. He doesn’t come and go; rather, He is always with us.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
Working to please God rather than other people activates passion. When we put Him first, He guides us toward our sweet spot! Doing something you’re passionate about makes it so much easier to have the energy and grace to do everything God has called you to do.