Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Receiving Gifts

Over the Christmas period Holy Spirit was talking to me and teaching me about gifts. 

As any mother I wanted to give good gifts to my children. I wanted them to like them and appreciate them and enjoy them. I wanted maximum happiness for them. Thankfully this year I achieved it for all 3 girls. It blesses me and puts a smile on my face. 

On Boxing Day evening after all the seasons gift giving had been done. While we were settling down for the night after a big week of family time and festivities, I heard in my heart Father likes to give good gifts too. 

I was listening and pondering on that thought. Of course Abba Father likes to give good gifts to his children. He is after all a good good Father! 

But like any good gift if we don't use it or if we forget about it, there cannot be maximum happiness for the giver or receiver. 

As a mother I was abundantly blessed knowing that I had done well in choosing the right gift for each child, then again seeing them surprised and happy when it was first unwrapped and once more when I got to see them enjoy it while it was being used. 

It is the same for Father God. He is blessed when we use His gifts for us. 

And we are blessed when our good good Heavenly Father gives us a spiritual gift. 

Spiritual gifts... 

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 
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. 

What spiritual gifts do you have? What do you have the privilege of receiving and using by the Spirit? 

As I was pondering a thought came to me I have the gift of prayer and intercession. As soon as the thought came I tried to dismiss it in my mind. I tried to water it down. In my mind I said 'no it's not a gift of intercession. I just like to pray. I'm not that good.' 

Then Holy Spirit stopped me and told me... It is a gift. It is a very good gift. But it can be an even better gift if I use it more. 

Tip: don't allow a seed of doubt or fear to rob you of your gift. 

Is there a spiritual gift in your life that could be dusted off? Let's dust off our spiritual gifts ready for the New Year and get ready now to be fully blessed and to be a blessing to others. 

I wonder how different our world would be if we used what God has given to us. 

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