In episode #6 of “Yates in Your Face” (#YIYF), Greg Yates confronts a mindset you can adopt as Christian Leader. Without realizing it, you might resist God’s abundance in your life.

Why? Three reasons: False beliefs, false pride, false guilt. You feel you haven’t earned it.

Accepting God’s Grace as a gift you cannot earn is counterintuitive. Earning God’s favor by your own performance is far more satisfying and more logical. We don’t deserve God’s blessings. But, he gives them freely. Shift your mindset. We don’t receive because we earn.

Your leadership becomes broken through false beliefs, pride and guilt. But, Breakthrough is still possible.Yes, admitting these silent saboteurs are present in your leadership hurts. Rubbing sandpaper on your knuckles is more fun. If you’re ready to bring your hidden limits into the light, you’ll want to watch Episode 6 of Yates in Your Face.”


I know this has probably never happened to you, but I’m going to confess right now this idiotic perspective I had for years. See, I’m an earner. I kept a close book on my relationship with God and only when I’d earned enough good did I expect a blessing from God.

I didn’t want to receive good things from God if I knew I didn’t deserve them. I resisted abundance because I hadn’t earned it.

Makes sense, right? I mean…Maybe now you’re feeling like getting in MY FACE with such a ridiculous idea. I mean what a crazy thought. We never earn God’s blessings. Could we ever earn them? Nobody ever has earned them. We don’t receive because we earn or deserve Gods blessings. We receive because we believe in Him and understand his consistent means of grace to us.

But, I’m pretty sure the latent tendency of earning still exists. And I want to tell you why. I bet, right now, you feel more satisfaction in receiving Gods blessings if you feel like you deserve them. Talk to me. Am I the only one who feels guilty if I DON’T deserve?

Why do we find more satisfaction in earning? Why do we want to be worthy by our own efforts? Because it makes sense to us! Isn’t the goal to be worthy? I mean isn’t the goal to “get it right?” Why does this seem like an endless loop where we’re supposed to try hard and still fail?

I’m going to say something here that personally slapped me in the face. The lunacy of it took me a while to get a grip on. I thought this was just unbelief and I could just fix it by reinforcing my belief. Then, I thought it must definitely be a lack of comprehension about God’s relationship as my Father. But that’s not it. That’s not even close to the heart of the issue.

The problem is that we are absolute heathen idolatrous people. You heard me. When you rank your own performance as more satisfying than Gods undeserved abundance, you’re placing yourself ahead of Jesus because you think it would be more satisfying to do what He did than to receive what He has.

You are broken but Breakthrough is available. Stop hiding your idolatry behind false beliefs, false pride and false guilt.


About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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