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God Gives Good Gifts

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm so lucky?" Have you ever said it yourself? The truth is, there is no such thing as luck. Whenever something good comes your way, it's not luck; it's a gift from God.

God delights to give His children good gifts. What kind of good gifts has the Lord given you? A warm house? A spot on the basketball team? A family vacation or a trip to camp? I'm sure you can think of many good gifts that God has given you, but maybe you hadn't thought about the fact that those things came from Him.

When you are playing outside on a sunny day, it may seem to you that the sun is changing its position throughout the day, because your shadow will fall in different directions at different times. But it hasn't – the earth is what's moving, not the sun.

God, the "Father of lights," doesn't move or change, either. He's always the same. He's constant, and we can depend on Him – not on good luck – to gives us many good gifts.

All good gifts come from God.

My Response:
» Do I give God the credit for the good things in my life?

Truth In Real Life

Elizabeth Prentiss

“To love Christ more – this is the deepest need, the constant cry of my soul.”

“How dreadfully old I am getting! Sixteen! Well, I don’t see as I can help it.” These words are the first lines in the popular book Stepping Heavenward, written by Elizabeth Payson Prentiss. Born a “pastor’s kid” on January 15, 1815, Elizabeth was the youngest daughter of Edward Payson – a great revival preacher during the 1800s.

More than any other hobby, Elizabeth loved to write and found several opportunities to publish her work. She began writing for the press when she was just sixteen, for instance; and as an adult, she wrote the famous hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ!” – which is still sung in churches today. Verse one of the hymn begins:

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Stepping Heavenward was published in 1869 as a work of fiction; but all of the events in the story actually came from Elizabeth’s personal life. Elizabeth recognized that true joy is the result of living for Christ and loving others. By 1992, over 100,000 copies of the book had been sold, and countless more have been sold since then.

Samuel Rutherford was one of the preachers whom Elizabeth admired most. He once said, “Faint not; the miles to heaven are but few and short.” No doubt his words influenced Elizabeth to title her book “Stepping Heavenward.

What are you doing to prepare for heaven and eternity? When was the last time you really stopped to think about your eternal life after this temporary life? Are you preparing for your first meeting with Jesus Christ?

Matthew 25:13 – “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

Description of God

The King of Righteousness
Hebrews 7:2 – "To whom* also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation 'King of righteousness,' and after that also 'King of Salem,' which is, 'King of peace.'"
(*This verse is describing Melchizedek, whom most Bible scholars believe was a "Christophany," a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus Christ on Earth.)


Question & Answer

QDoes God promise us that He will increase our love through sanctification?

AYes. 1 Thessalonians 3:12 – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.


BIG Christian Word

Repentance - (re-pen-tuns)

Repentance is a sorrow for sin and a true desire to turn from sin and walk in obedience to Christ. Faith and repentance must come together. Repentance is an understanding that sin is wrong, realizing and accepting the teachings of the Bible regarding sin and making a personal decision to give up the sin. (Acts 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 3:19) "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."