Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Jesus is the Greatest Gift!

 Not all of my presents are under the tree. Some are still in the store. I am reminded of the old shows where the boy is peering through the Christmas store window at the red wagon. Others are hidden in strategic locations, waiting for wrapping and bows. I’ll admit I’m a Christmas junky. Nothing does my heart better than sitting in the early morning watching the Christmas tree. I love presents! The more the merrier! They don’t have to be expensive. It’s the surprise I enjoy the most. I love the look of wonder on my grandchildren’s faces as they open each package. I especially relish Danny opening his packages. Finding just the right gift for the love of my life is important to me. His response makes me so happy! Gifts are a wonderful expression of love.

God is the best gift Giver ever! As we peer into the window of the Word we are filled with delight at all the splendid gifts available to us who are believers! Jesus, God’s very best gift to us, is the greatest gift ever given. Because of this incredibly gracious and merciful gift, nothing we could warrant on our own, we have more incredible gifts.  Whatever your need, God has gifted it to you through His Son, The Savior of the World.

I know every day doesn’t feel like Christmas.  There are hurts and anxieties and troubles and arguments and oh so much more. There may be more month at the end of the money. There are uncertainties in this world. Things and people you may have counted on may be no longer available.  If we focus on those things, we won’t be able to receive gifts that we need from the Lord. Everything you and I need, dear hearts, is found in Him.

Oh beloved, snuggle up with the Lord! Feel the warmth of the fire of His love! Feel the comfort of His beautiful blanket of care! Drink freely of the cup of His anointing and let it wash over you. His Word says you are lovely. His Word says you are worthy. His Word says you are justified freely.  His gift of Salvation makes you totally justified. His gift of the Holy Spirit sets you apart for Him and the gift of His Word will help you live a life without regrets and full of His wisdom. And the gift of Heaven promises you eternal life in His Magnificent presence! Oh how He loves you! Oh how He’s for you! Oh what a Savior!

Romans 5:15-17 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.  And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (NAS)

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

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