Gifted- In His Word 12-3-18

Gifted In His Word 12-3-2018 

We are gifted, have been gifted and have a gift. God gave us a gift, Christ. He gave us Eternal life through Him. We know that was the greatest gift, that He laid down His life for us.
Are you stressing over what to get for whom this year? Or are you greedily looking for the gifts you want?

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God  is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Roman 6:23
We have been gifted with Christ as our Savior.
He took our sins, and it is forever ours, if we should so accept it/Him.
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:5-8 

The first gift He has given us is a measure of faith. With the measure of faith we can begin to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Once we believe then we are transformed, day by day. We are changed moment by moment as we grow to become the person that God wants us to be as we accept His gifts.
We accept the gifts He  gives for His purposes not our own.
You know we often get a gift for someone for what fun they will have playing with it, or using it, but often we get a gift, like a tabletop game to be used to gather people together.
 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function… Romans 12:2-4
When God calls us or gives us spiritual gifts He does not take them back; nor can we send them back but we must accept that they are ours.

Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience… Romans 11:28-30

Being obedient to God we accept the gifts as they come. What are the gifts God grants us?
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that[ you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by [the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Since we get the Holy Spirit via Jesus when we first believe, we are given different gifts to be used for the furtherance of the Gospel through Himl The Holy Spirit is given to us freely, and in this we can freely give God’s love to others who can also do the same.  
At this time of year when we give gifts for our holidays we need to think about giving gifts that will represent Jesus. Each of the gifts we get from the Holy Spirit written above are connected with the life of Christ. Our giving of gifts should be as our receiving them. Christ is the one gift that feels better getting than giving! Or does it?
Give wisely this year, give with kindness, work some miracles! Be blessed!
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to give and receive gifts from You Lord as we receive them help us to use the in our own gift giving by sharing them with others, through You, in Jesus Name, amen.
Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-30, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 Corinthians 14:`-40 and 1 Timothy 4:1-16