God's gift to mankind

12.24.15 Since it's Christmas time the next couple days I'm going to talk about God's gift to all mankind. 
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
God has given us the gift of His Word. 
JESUS CHRIST is the greatest gift to the world, church, you and me. 
"God controls all that happens in His world, every meal, every pleasure, every possession, every bit of sun, every night’s sleep, every moment of health and safety, everything that sustains and enriches life, is a divine gift. And how abundant these gifts are!"
LIFE IS A GIFT, NOT A RIGHT
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
When Jesus came to earth as a man and suffered and died on the cross so that you could be reconciled to God, He had you in mind, even though He had not created you yet. (Acts 17:24-27) “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. {25} And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. {26} From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. {27} God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. (Ephesians 4:7-8) But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. {8} Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” The greatest gift God gave to you was Himself, the greatest gift you can give God is yourself.
I found the following story that fits in with this blog and it reminds me of some of the mission trips my Church has gone on: One year at Christmas time I gave out Bibles to the poor in The Philippines, New Testaments in their language. They were well received. I still remember one older woman saying this was her best Christmas ever because she had received the Bible. She held it close to her heart as she thanked me. For many of those people receiving a Bible, it was their only Christmas present.
The most precious thing a person can own is a Bible. It gives the knowledge of God, it makes the poor man rich, it gives hope to the hopeless, faith to the fearful, food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, love to the despised, comfort to the lonely, freedom to the prisoner, health to the sick, light in the darkness, and life to the dying.
One of the best gifts God has given you is the privilege to give, take advantage of it and enjoy the blessings, and the presence of God upon you, and in you. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Remember the greatest present from God is that He provided a way for us to dwell in His presence, now and forever. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11)
Well come back tomorrow and see what else God has to say to us.

 

Lord, help me remember that it is only by your power and will that I am even alive;and I can do nothing without you. 
You breathed your breath of life in me and allowed this speck of ’dust in the wind’ to exist. You are the moving of my limbs, the beating of my heart, the breath in my lungs. Without you, I am just a body - dead - nothing. You are this life.
John 3:16 
Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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