Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Gifts, Presents, Perfectly Fit for You!

Although Danny’s birthday isn't for a few days, we celebrated it yesterday because all our children were off work and the grand-kids had no school. We had a great time, with lots of laughter and good food. Danny got some cool presents: a tin 22 target, a calendar, a motorcycle touring magazine and two of his favorite foods: cheese and summer sausage. 

I thought about those presents this morning as I got up and I heard God speaking. 
We live a life of faith, those who have given their hearts to Christ. We are In Christ and that is the platform on which we stand. But there’s more we need to walk the walk of faith and live out the plan God has for us. And God has a plan for each and every one of us. You included.

We all need a target. Not something to shoot at in our case, but something to shoot for. A target is an objective, a mark, a purpose. In other words we've got to aim for God’s call in our lives. It will fall into place, but we can easily get sidetracked, go on rabbit hunts, get bogged down shooting at troubles, fears, the enemy, etc. With a target, something to shoot for, we will be sighted in on God’s plan.

We all need a calendar. We need to keep up with the days of our lives. The Word says “teach us to number our days”. Without a calendar, a schedule, we will be prone to wander around and haphazardly enjoy the summer fun, not realizing that winter is closing in. We won’t be able to keep a schedule – we need to let God help plan our days so they’re not wasted. We all are prone to do what we feel like doing, but God has a purpose and He wants us to write Him in our calendar in bright red marker – no penciling Him in.

We need to know where we want to go and how we want to get there. Without a tour guide, a road map, a travel plan we can’t even begin to get anywhere. Without seeing God’s will on how He wants us to travel, how He wants us to live, where He wants us to go we just exist. But planned travel, with the Lord as our guide, now that’s living!

We won’t get anywhere without sustenance. And “man does not live by bread alone”. Without the daily ingestion of God’s Word we will starve. And starving people can’t hit their target, travel God’s path or keep their schedules. They are too weak for the trip. Starving people stagger at the hard roads they may encounter or fall off the cliffs of decisions they must make. Starving people have their eyes clouded, their stomachs in a knot and their mind confused. It won’t matter how much or how little cash is in your pocket, if you don’t take in God’s Word as your daily food, as your FAVORITE food, the other gifts you receive won’t matter. 

God has gifted you with everything you need to live for Him, be used of Him and to be blessed in your life. Every gift is found IN CHRIST. Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Or are you worrying about physical things like how, when, where and why? Are you penciling God in or are you red lettering Him in bold? He already knows the trials you are facing this very day. He’s not surprised by the things you didn't see ahead. His Preeminence will take you beyond the hurts, beyond the fears, beyond the confusion. God is over all – He is Supreme, Majestic, Eternal and All Powerful. Nothing you encounter can stop His plan for your life. With the right gifts, and you have them all available to you as a child of God, everything He has planned for your life is achievable. 

Oh beloved, call on the Lord today and thank Him for His provision, His gifts and His calling. You are more than existing, you can live! God will plan your days, bless your life and help you target in on His calling when you live in the light of His Word. He loves you and He’s for you and on that you can rely as you travel the life of faith!

2 Corinthians 9:15 Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! (Amplified)

Job 23:12 I have not departed from His commands, but have treasured His words more than daily food.

Psalm 33:11 But the LORD's plans stand firm forever; His intentions can never be shaken.

Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I AM the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go. Amplified

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