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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Inspired by . . . Grateful Series II: Good Gifts

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Jas 1:17

Do these words seem familiar to you? That may be because they are also in my blog header. This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. I love it’s poetic nature. I love what it says about our Lord, the Father of light, Who does not change. He is the Giver of good and perfect gifts. So many wonderful, inspiring Truths in this one passage!

Do you believe that God gives good and perfect gifts?

Do you believe that every good thing is from God?

 

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There is an important distinction here, because I think that sometimes we can fall into the trap of believing that WE are producing some of the good things in our lives.

Only God has the power to create. He is the Author of every good thing that exists.

Not even the enemy can create things, he can only pervert what God has made.

As the Father of lights, He gives the gift of reason.

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Job 32:8

He gives the gift of learning.  All of Solomon’s wisdom, the art of government, science, and knowledge of nature was ascribed to God. And so it is with what we know and discover, the advancements we make in our world today.

He gives the gift of divine revelation. Compassion, faith, purity, sympathy all these are bestowed upon us by God. And it is by the renewing influence of divine grace within us that we have the ability to be {the noun turned verb} these things to others.

Do you believe that God gives good and perfect gifts?

Do you believe that every good thing is from God?

 

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One way to answer these questions is to look at our words and actions. Is it obvious to others that I see God as the ultimate Provider of the good in my life?

Making a conscious effort to acknowledge God as the Source of our good makes us more grateful. It also makes us less anxious, more generous to others and less friendly to pride.

Not only should we thank God for the good gifts He gives, but we should thank Him for HIM!

 

God, Himself is Good, and worthy to be praised!

 

Blessings,

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Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth, Weekend Whispers,

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#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,

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Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,

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