The greatest Gift

As you give and receive gifts this Christmas RECEIVE HIM!

Receive Him as you prepare food. Receive Him as you listen to worship music. Receive Him as you watch children playing. Receive Him as you meditate on His birth.

Breathe Him in and receive fullness of life. Receive JOY, receive HEALTH, receive FAVOUR, receive LOVE.

And praise Him for all you’ve received!

May you be overwhelmed with His presence and consumed with His love this Christmas!

A sabbath days rest

Mark 2:23-27 (NIV)

‘One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Here we see the reason that God created the Sabbath day. It was simply for our benefit so that there would be one day out of seven for rest.

It was not intended to be burdensome or ritualistic to us, but for our comfort and spiritual cleansing.

Due to the fact that man was created before the Sabbath, we know that it was made for us. God knew of its necessity back then and even more so in the age we live in.

There are no hard and fast rules about what your Sabbath should consist of, however if it is to benefit you it should involve a resting of the physical body so the spiritual man can come alive and be drawn closer to God.

Clutter and busyness must cease in order to hear from Him more clearly.

So go ahead and set aside a day dedicated to Him and watch as you go deeper into His presence and feel His heart beat for you.

Your concealed gift

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (MSG)

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Has God given you a gift like this that continually pushes you to your knees?

You may have never seen it in the form of a gift before because it frustrates you or even aggravates you. But it has you seeking after Him, clinging to Him and reveals your constant need for Him.

It’s something that if it were to be removed, would leave you spiritually weak. Perhaps it’s a limitation or handicap that you have asked God to remove but His reply is always ‘My grace is enough’.

Like Paul, you must see it as a gift and appreciate the work God is doing in you through this restriction. Allow Him to be glorified in it and His strength will be manifested through your weakness.

Celebrate your weakness by letting Christ take over, knowing that when you are weak, He is strong.

Your gifting will be revealed

Genesis 40:20-23 (MSG)

And sure enough, on the third day it was Pharaoh’s birthday and he threw a feast for all his servants. He set the head cupbearer and the head baker in places of honor in the presence of all the guests. Then he restored the head cupbearer to his cupbearing post; he handed Pharaoh his cup just as before. And then he impaled the head baker on a post, following Joseph’s interpretations exactly.
But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he forgot all about him.

Joseph had just given two interpretations of dreams that came to pass exactly as he had prophesied.
You would think the preciseness of his interpretations would have landed him out of prison there and then, but instead he was completely forgotten about for two whole years.

He didn’t kick and scream and bring attention to himself in the prison, thinking he needed to be seen. No, he continued to serve whilst simply waiting to be recognised for the gift of God upon his life.

At the appointed time God will use your gift to get you out of your prison. So wait for your door to open in God’s timing.

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