THEME: GIFT FROM GOD
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Prayer is vital when we seek to receive gifts from God. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman in John 4:10, He said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that if she knew that He is God, she could have asked of the Holy Spirit to come and live in her. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have received the Holy Spirit who gives us eternal life, for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). God gives us the most precious gift of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us. Jesus calls us to repent and be baptized in His name for the remission of sins and we shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in us (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit dwells in us and gives us the gift of salvation so that we may live forever with him.
God gives us special and unique gifts as Apostle Paul acknowledges and says, “For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.” (1 Corinthians 7:7). These gifts are most often given for the edification of the church (1 Corinthians 14:12) and for the advancement of His kingdom. Each one of us has been given special gifts and abilities and we should take heed to exercise them to the best of our abilities as the Lord leads us. In the parable of the talents, one was given five talents and made five more, another two talents multiplied them by two and the last; one talent which he wasted by hiding it in the ground (Matthew 25:14-18). We are given gifts according to ones abilities, the grace of God and as the Holy Spirit wills (Hebrews 2:4). The Holy Spirit gives us one or more gifts according to His grace and ones faith. These gifts include: – the gift of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, faith, working of miracles, discerning of spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, showing mercy, salvation and the Gift of the Holy Spirit in us. These are the gifts and talents that should be utilized in helping us to accomplish our purposes here on earth for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Different people were given diverse gifts as recorded in the Bible. Paul the apostle diligently did his work and finished his race. Like in the parable of the talents, we are called to use our gifts and talents wisely lest they are taken away from us and we are condemned. God also gives us the ability to eat, drink and enjoy the good of all our labor which is also a gift from Him (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13). Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are called to repentance and baptism of water so that we may receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who will raise us up at the last day.
Holy Spirit we welcome You into our hearts, dwells in us and with us at every moment of our lives. You are the only one we desire; to take complete control of our lives, families, businesses, purposes, relationships, marriages, nation and the entire world and direct us in the way we should go. Make every crooked path straight we humbly implore You and establish us in Your truth. We trust in You Holy Spirit and surrender all our hopes and hearts desires unto You. We pray that You may touch all the people who are yet to know You that they may receive Your gift of salvation. Help us to walk with You at every moment of our lives and seek You for who You are not what You give us. Help us to know You more and seek after Your own heart like king David did. Give us the wisdom Holy Spirit to utilize our gifts and abilities well and not waste them away. Visit all those who are sick and have lost hope in life Lord; that You may heal them and comfort them during this difficult season. Take away this COVID-19 virus from the face of the world and grant us wisdom in all things. We are Your children Abba Father, give us every good and precious gift that You desire us to have according to Your great glory. We rejoice in You always for only are worthy of our praise and worship. Give us the grace Holy Spirit to accomplish all that You have called us to do here on earth for the glory of Your name and inherit Your glorious kingdom at Your time. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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