15th October 2012

God, The Giver

“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
James 1:17-18 (NIV)

The first thing God gave us is life and a mind with which to think.  He gave us the Bible in order to direct our thinking, and “richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Not only that, God says, “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding” (Jeremiah 3:15).

Ephesians 4:10-12 tells us these gifts are “…the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”  It tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NLT), “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”

Romans 8:32 amazes us with, “Since he did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”  The final gift he has for us is eternal life (Romans 6:23).  We can rejoice that, “He washed away our sins giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).  “…we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see” (1 Peter 1:4-5).  And he has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.  So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for opening our minds so we can know the plans you have for us.  Please help us to use this knowledge you have given us so we can help others.  Please help us to fix our mind on you, the Giver, and not the gifts.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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