When a gift comes from the Lord to you, do you recognize it? We may think we’d recognize a gift from the Father, but why would we think that? We’re going to be talking about gifts that come from the Lord to you that you may be missing out on, due to expectations and presuppositions.
My apologies to any who may have been waiting for their daily devotional from Proverbs, but this is what the Lord placed upon my heart to complete today. Fear not! Lord willing, I’ll be picking up where we left off with the devotionals tomorrow.
Before we get into it, I’d just like to point out that this page is a result of responding to an email from a sister in the Lord this morning, who was blessed by the Father with a piece of information which as far as I’m concerned, is a word of knowledge.
To paraphrase, he said to her that there are givers and takers in this world, and we as his children should be takers of his gifts. Not relying on our own strength or doing things on our own, but to be dependant on him.
After reading her message, the Lord opened up all kinds of things for me to place here, so may his name be praised! As we’ll see throughout this page, there is no greater giver than the Lord God Almighty!
Gifts from God
Have you ever tried to give someone a gift that they turned down? I’d imagine that it would be frustrating to the Lord when he does all that he does in order to give us something, just to have it come back to him because of our own mindset.
In fact, the Father gave the ultimate gift 2000 (ish) years ago, and the world did not receive him, in the person of Christ Jesus. The stone that the builders rejected is Christ, and to say that he was a gift of the Lord is an understatement!
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Yet today (especially today), people are still rejecting the only begotten Son of God, even after being instructed that Jesus is the only way to the ultimate destination, Heaven itself, the dwelling of the Father. While staring into the face of eternal damnation, they still reject the Lord.
Matthew 21: King James Bible
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
What are Gifts from the Lord?
As Christians, we’ll knee jerk to the scriptures that detail the spiritual gifts, and rightly so. But what he gives is so much more than that. How about every breath we’ve taken today? That’s just the beginning!
James 1: King James Bible
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Any help that we receive from the Father is a gift. What makes it a gift, is the fact that he doesn’t have to do anything at all if he didn’t want to. He owes us nothing, and there’s nothing we can give him in order to deserve his gifts.
So, when the Lord decides to intervene in a situation, or to help us out whether we ask him for it or not, it is a gift which he’s given freely. I personally believe, that we live out our lives with at least 90% of it filled with gifts from the Lord, some might argue 100%. I’d say 90% due to our own self getting in the way.
Despite what I just stated, countless people out there go throughout their lives, believing that they’ve never received anything from the Lord. This happens because they’ve never truly been in any form of existence without him.
Only the very few that have literally gone to hell and back, can attest to what it’s like to be outside the presence of the Father completely. Whether they believed it or not prior, this was the first thing that they recognized upon their arrival.
The Creative Creator
The Lord God Almighty is THE Creator, and enjoys being creative even to this day. There are times that we pray earnestly for the Father to help us out with a situation, and because he does it in a manner that is different than what we expect, we figure he never helped at all.
I’d be willing to bet this happens more often than not. I’m reminded of the guy lost at sea on a raft, praying diligently for the Lord to deliver him…
Lost at Sea
A guy in a speed boat comes by and spots him, pulls the boat alongside the raft, and asked the guy if he needed any help. He said, “No I’m all set. I’m believing in the Lord to deliver me.” And the boat goes on its way.
Time passes while the man continuously prays for deliverance, then another boat comes by, this time a fishing vessel with several crew members onboard. All of them stood along side of the vessel, casting ropes and instructing the guy to grab hold and come on board.
The man tossed the ropes aside and told them that he was all set, and that the Lord is going to deliver him. Despite their best efforts, he wouldn’t budge because he was waiting on the Lord to deliver him. They finally went on their way.
This happened time and again over a span of several days. Then at the last, as the man was in rough shape about to die of thirst and sun, he began to curse the Lord for not delivering him and leaving him to die at sea.
Sometimes we get in a zone, that when our prayers are answered, we don’t open our eyes to receive it. In the story above, the Lord arranged for all of those boats to come across the man in order to get him to safety, but the man had a different expectation than what the Lord would do.
Sometimes it’s easy to miss what the Lord has made ready for us, because it isn’t what we’ve built up in our minds. We figure that he will do things in a particular way, when there is nothing at all binding the Lord’s actions or creativity.
We are given clear information in the Word of God, what he will and won’t do. But it is at his discretion as to how he chooses to do the things that he is willing to do. It is certainly not up to us, and he will never be bound by our help, ideas, presuppositions, and suggestions, when he intends to give us a gift.
Receiving Gifts from the Lord
It is no selfish thing to take and receive the gifts of the Lord. Were it the case that he didn’t will for you to receive it, he wouldn’t have made it available in the first place. But we can’t assume that he’ll do things our way, because our ways have flaws that we can’t recognize.
For a great example of one who was prepared to reject a gift from the Lord, we’ll take a look at the Apostle Peter. While reading the scriptures below, take note of how this gift of the Lord Jesus was different than what Peter would expect, thus causing him to resist.
John 13: King James Bible
3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
I’m not trying in any way to minimize all of the other things going on in the verses above, because were I to continue in what Jesus was doing and why, it would be a study in itself. I presented this scripture to show Peter’s reaction to a gift from Jesus that wasn’t the way he felt or thought things should be.
Peter wasn’t doing anything wrong, he just didn’t understand what was going on at the time. I wonder how often we wind up doing the same thing? Do we reject different things that the Lord is trying to do for us, or reject things he’s trying to give, due to our own lack of understanding and our personal paradigm of how things should be?
I believe that when we all stand before the Father, we are going to be awestruck at all of the different gifts from the Lord we took for granted, took advantage of, discarded, never gave any thought, or actually hated. I don’t think we’ll ever realize just how involved he really is until we get to our final destination.
I say that with everyone in mind, the saved and unsaved alike. For the saved, it will be an astonishing revelation. For the unsaved, it will be a horrific reality, as they land in their destination absent of the Father’s involvement. Then will they truly know just how much he was involved throughout their lives.
Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away
We often hear it said that the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. However, he doesn’t taketh away what he giveth, at least that’s what the Word of God says about his gifts.
Job 1:21 King James Bible
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Romans 11: King James Bible
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
The two verses above side by side may appear contradictory, but they are not. In fact, Job wasn’t right about his accusation that the Lord took anything away in the first place, it was Satan. That is partly the reason the Father was so irritated with Job after all was said and done.
Being mistaken about who his attacker was was not the contest between the Father and Satan, it was whether or not Job would curse the Lord, which he never wound up doing, no matter what was thrown at him.
It took personal intervention for the Lord to make the record clear and set Job right. Also, the Lord wound up giving double in return for all that Job lost, so the Lord gave unto Job in the first place, then he replenished and gave all the more.
Here’s the bow that I’d like to wrap this page up with…
Be thankful for all things, and if something is going on that you don’t like, try and see whether or not there might be something you may have done, or perhaps the Lord is using a situation in order to get you out of a worse situation. For example, were it not for that traffic jam that made you late for work, you’d have been in that accident that caused the traffic jam. That kind of thing.
No matter what we like to think, we haven’t got a clue at all of the different things that the Lord is doing. For the same reasons, we haven’t got a clue about all of the different things that he gives us as gifts, that we take for granted or simply expect because that’s just the way things have always been.
All good things come from the Father, and there is nobody that can out give him or match his generosity toward us, who generally deserve nothing from him. Amen and Amen!
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