The Many Gifts of God by Natalie Darnell

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”

On December 25, many children will awaken and head toward the room where all the Christmas gifts are.  You can almost see the smiles on their faces and the great anticipation in their eyes, wondering what might be in the nicely wrapped gifts.  When I think of this, I am reminded of a dream the Lord  gave me.  In this dream, I saw a light and it was beaming down on me so brightly.  I also saw a Christmas tree that went from the floor to the ceiling.  Near the tree were gifts just as high as the tree.  I learned that the Lord was showing me the many gifts he had given to me.  After this, I began to search the scriptures to see what they were.  I did not recognize the many gifts that God had given us.  I learned that Pastors and other leaders were gifts, for scripture says  “And He Himself gave some to be Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists and some Pastors and Teachers for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11,12).

Children were/are a gift from God. “Behold Children are a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).  Wealth is a gift from God.  “When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God” ( Ecclesiastes 5:19)  Eternal life is a gift from God.  “For the wags of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”( Romans 6:23)  There are also spiritual gifts as recorded in I Corinthians 12:1; 7-10.

The best gift God has given us this holiday season is His dear son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)  Every good and perfect gift comes from God. (James 1:17)  Go under your spiritual Christmas Tree (The Bible) and unwrap the gifts God has given you.  Just like a child, show him that you are thankful and you appreciate what He has given you.  You  do this by thanking, praising, and worshipping Him.  May God bless you this holiday season.

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