Think back to all the gifts you've ever received. This might be difficult for some. Like me, you've probably received many gifts over your lifetime. Can you remember the greatest gift you've ever received?
When I was a child, gifts were something only given on very special occasions, like Christmas or Birthdays. It was rare to get a gift for no apparent reason. My most memorable gift was a much wanted doll house. I lived with my grandparents when I was young, and they had a very meager life. They didn't put up a Christmas tree or buy Easter baskets or even bake birthday cakes. Yet on one Christmas I recall the metal doll house with furniture that they gave me. It wasn't sitting under a tree, but perched on a small table by the front door. I was a delighted at that gift.
Over the years, I've been given many wonderful gifts from friends and family. Many of which were very memorable and valuable. The value being, the heartfelt sentiment from the giver. If you were to consider the worth of a gift, how would you measure it? Some would probably say the significance would be in the cost. Others might say it would be calculated by the usefulness of that gift. For instance a person who was given a coat, who had no coat, would more likely value that gift better than one who had several coats. And of course, there are those who value a gift by the sincerity of the giver. Let me just say that, in whatever way you measure the value of a gift it's usually due to its importance at the time.
This Christmas season I would like to inspire you to consider in all the gifts you've ever been given, the Greatest Gift of all is Jesus Christ. Is. 9:6 (GNT) says, "A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
There is much value in the gift of this Savior. And, just as with any gift, it's worth is in the eye or the heart of the receiver. You choose how valuable He is to you. To me He is my peace in the midst of all troubles and turmoil. And my healer, Who heals ALL my diseases, infirmities, and sicknesses. Jesus is my provider for all my needs. He is my gift of eternal life. I'm assured I have a place with Him in Heaven. What does this Wonderful Gift of our Savior mean to you? Do you daily place value on this gift by giving Him priority in and over your life? Let this be a reminder of how great a gift we have been given.
Perhaps the most important question for some, have you personally accepted this gift of Jesus Christ, as Savior? To receive the Greatest Gift, repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, I ask You to come into my life and forgive me of all my sins. I confess my sins before You this day. I denounce Satan and all his works. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. Thank You for saving me. I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that You rose from the dead. I am saved. Write my name in the Lamb's book of life. Today is my God-day with the Lord Jesus! I pray this prayer to the Father in the name of Jesus. Amen."
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Philippians 4:19 says, "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Are you faced with a specific 'need' in your life? Maybe you're need some extra money, or a particular healing in your body. You might be dealing with stress along with turmoil and just want some peace. Perhaps you're needing some direction with answers to solve a situation.
The thing is, there will never be a time in our life, where we don't have a 'need'. Needs are what arise in life's journey. However, needs can be positive if we face them with the Word of God. Not so positive when faced with emotions. We must confront our needs with the Word of God to get resolution.
One thing about having a need is that it forces us to be in faith, and faith pleases God. There are Spirit created needs, God inspired needs and of course, poor judgement needs. I'm sure a lot of us have more poor judgement needs than any other. A poor judgement need is where we've made a decision based on our emotions or opinions, instead of prayer. But I have good news, what ever the need, there IS an answer! And that answer is in the Word of God.
I've come to realize that when we encounter a need we are not suppose to stay in the need. If we approach it carnally, complaining, whining, or in fear, we will remain there. A great example of that, would be the children of Israel in the wilderness. God lead them into the wilderness, but never intended for them to remain there. God may have lead you to a place where you are now faced with a specific need, but with your faith you can pull it in and move past it. I heard a minister say, "No matter what's in your pocket, you've got ALL the promises of God." It's where we place our belief. "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" (2 Cor. 9:8) Don't allow need or opposition to redefine what you believe! When you were feeling good in your body - you believed you were healed by Jesus stripes. When your bank account had money you believed He supplied your need. Be convinced the Word is the ultimate truth in the midst of circumstance.
Listen, consistency is not faith. Faith shows up when things are inconsistent - that's where we must exercise faith remaining consistent in faith. So, I encourage you today to #1) Know what God's Word says about your need - find your scripture. 2 Tim. 3:16. #2) Tell satan to remove himself from your need - Luke 10:19. You are authorized to stand and walk in the power of God! #3) Send your angels to go bring it in - Heb. 1:14. and #4) Start thanking God and praising Him till it shows up. Eph. 5:20 Be sure to stay in peace and don't chase the need. When we leave peace we leave the flow of God. "All things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28)
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."