* The church gives (and, worst of all, the world understands it to be giving) the clear impression that grace works only on the early birds and eager beavers who cooperate with it. But that is dead wrong. *
Sometimes, when we don’t receive our healing, breakthrough, restoration or miracle, we can’t help but think that something is wrong with us. We tell ourselves, “Nothing’s wrong with God, nothing’s wrong with the Word, so something must be wrong with me!” I can’t tell you how many pastors I’ve heard tell that to someone who need healing or a breakthrough.
If you think that your miracle depends on you, then you are on shaky ground!
In the old covenant, it is an “all up to me” demand put on man. God’s part was to bless His people, but only if they played their part by obeying all of His laws. If they didn’t do their part, not only would they not be blessed, but the curse would also come on them. That’s why they did animal sacrifices to pay for their sins. They needed a way to get blessings from God, to reconnect.
Most of the time, they ended up under the curse because they just could not keep all of God’s laws. God found fault with that covenant because though He wanted to bless man, man’s sins made it difficult for Him to do so. Man was the weak link. In the new covenant, man has no part to play except to believe and receive. The new covenant of grace was cut between God the Father and God the Son—both infallible and more than able to keep the covenant.
“You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.” – Song of Solomon 4:7
Jesus is our representative for everything. Basically, how much we can receive from God depends on how good our representative is, how perfect His obedience is. Of course, Jesus is the perfect Man with perfect obedience. So in Him, we are qualified to receive all the blessings of God! We only need to believe and receive.
Jesus’ blood has been shed for the remission of all your sins, and by that one perfect sacrifice, He has perfected you forever. There is no spot in you! No one has the right to tell you that you can’t be blessed because there is something wrong with you or you aren’t doing enough. You are the righteousness of God in Christ.