Monday, February 20, 2012

Cup O' Joy: God Gives Good Gifts {Eternal Life and Blessings}

God Gives Good Gifts!

1 Min:
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11
Two months ago I experienced my first Christmas as a mother! It was so much fun to give my baby boy gifts that I just knew he would love. It was more fun than I ever could have imagined watching his face light up when he saw the brightly colored train that made great noises and was just the right size for him to ride on! It is even more fun two months later as I watch him play with that toy daily and see him continually enjoy it. Now just like the verse above says I know that God loves to give us HIS children great gifts.
Recently our church was doing a fast and during that fast I asked God for a house. We have been renting homes for the past 4 years but my hearts desire is to have my own home. One I can paint, garden, decorate, and call my own. So I asked for it. One day as we were driving around looking at houses for rent I saw a home in a neighborhood I love and it was for lease. After calling about the home to possibly rent it I found out that the owner really wanted to sell it…we are currently in the process of purchasing that home!!! Not only that, the sellers are Christians and emailed letting us know that they knew we were supposed to buy their home and that God had told them to let us know that GOD wanted to show us (his children) His love through that house!!! WOW I can tell you I was blown away by God’s love and His gift!
Another real quick shout out to God blessing his children a best friend of mine was home over Christmas and made a joke to a mutual friend about how their bed dipped into the middle and her and her husband always ended up sleeping on top of each other in the middle of the bed. She joked and said it sure had brought their marriage closer together! Well Abby was led by God to bless this friend with a new mattress. Abby raised some funds through various people who loved our friend. Yesterday a mattress was delivered to the door of my sweet friend! Her and her husband were blown away by God’s love. It was such a small thing to most of us, but to them it meant the world!!
I wanted to give those quick stories to let you know that God can and will bless HIS children with physical gifts, but most importantly HE has given us some gifts that blow any physical gift out of the water. He gave us some very LIFE CHANGING GIFTS! Study with me below for a minute on those gifts.

10 Min:
1. God gave us ETERNAL LIFE
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
This is the most life-changing gift that ever could have been given and God gave it to us while we were still sinners! (Romans 5:8) That just blows me away!
2. God gives us His Love:
1 Corinthians 13:4 describes the attributes of love, and there are multiple scriptures in the bible that tell us GOD IS LOVE.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” 1John 4:16
One of my favorite scriptures describes God’s Love as UNFAILING! Wow if we accept that kind of love it is LIFE CHANGING!
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Psalms 13:5
3. God gives us The Holy Spirit
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5
God has not just left us alone here! He has equipped us with a wonderful and powerful gift of The Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is a life-changing gift. Jesus said He would send the Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide. As we walk in our relationship with God and walk in the Spirit it will produce great fruit in our lives. What A GIFT!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

5 Min:
Pray with me today one of two things!
1. If you have not received the Life Changing gift of eternal life, then take a moment right now to invite Him in. Proclaim your need for Christ and accept forgiveness for your sins. Then thank God for his gift of eternal life and receive Him in!
2. If you do know Christ and have eternal life then pray for God to help you receive the good gifts he has given to you as a child of His! Ask him to help you accept his unfailing love and to love others in that same way! Also to walk in the Holy Spirit, to examine if the fruits of the Spirit are evident in your life. Ask God through His Spirit to bare those fruit. And also to be aware of the physical gifts that God sets before us to open. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are so large!
Thank you God for giving us life-changing gifts that will eternally change us. And thank you for your amazing gifts that you physically give to us here on this earth! Thank you for being such a loving father!


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