Monday, 28 December 2015

God's Gifts

God's Gifts

Scripture: John 3 v 16:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. "

Ephesians 2 v 8:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."

Acts 2 v 38:
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Luke 6 v 38:
"Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Our God is a giver. He gave His Son to save the world. He gave salvation as a free gift so no one had to earn it. He gave the gift of the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) who in turn gives us nine life-transforming gifts. Jesus gave His life as a ransom to save us.

He also created us in His image and through the Blood of Jesus is changing us to be like Him. Restoring us, in fact, to the Manufacturer's original settings because His enemy has severely altered those settings to make God's children an epic fail malfunction. 

God has given all these gifts to us to help us see where our problems lie and work with Him to fix them. The Holy Bible is the Manufacturer's Handbook, which helps believer's to know all that God has done for them and all the gifts and blessings He has given us. It also contains the discipline He needs to impose to keep us focused on His plan for us.

If things are not going your way you need to look at yourself first to see where you are out of line with God. Don't just do a surface check, dig down deep to see where there is a spiritual malfunction. The Lord withholds answers to prayer until root problems are addressed and removed. It makes no sense to Him to put a plaster over gangrene. It must be removed before it kills you.

If you have a long-running, unresolved, problem the problem lies within you. Blaming others, or blaming God, will never work. Get help from someone who truly knows Jesus and will use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to determine the deeper problem. Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.

The more free we get the more we will become like Jesus and the more giving we will be. And the more giving He will be to you in return. What you give to help others will be given back in great measure to you, in cash or in kind. You cannot outgive God and He loves a cheerful giver so never begrudge it.

Its is God's love for us that causes Him to give His best to us always and as His love grows within us we will give our utmost for His highest.  Treasure the gifts He gives us and use them with His wisdom. Spend time discovering what is really true and false and discard that which is contrary to His nature.

Prayer:  Father God, You gave Your all to save us because You love us. Help us to give our all to reach the lost and keep your love flowing to Your people first, then those who sit in darkness and need to see Your light. You are depending on us Father, we will not let You down. In Jesus' name. Amen.