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God Gave

Well, here we are again. It’s December and we are facing another Christmas celebration. Decorations, cookies, candy, food upon food, party after party. It’s easy to see how we can get lost in the hurried lifestyle that a season such as this can bring.

On top of all the festivities we have to find time to buy the “perfect” gift. I wonder, how many of us here can actually remember what we received as gifts last year? With some children, by the time they finish opening all of the gifts that they are given, they forget what they got.

As I pondered this, I decided to take inventory on the gifts that the greatest gift giver of all time has given; God!  I want to share with you today some of these from the vast inventory.

God Gave:

1.    Saul a new heart, "And it was so, that, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day." (1 Samuel 10:9, ASV)

2.    Solomon wisdom and understanding. "And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea-shore." (1 Kings 4:29, ASV) [1]

3.    King Jehoshaphat rest. "And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of the countries, when they heard that Jehovah fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet; for his God gave him rest round about." (2 Chronicles 20:29-30, ASV)

4.    Daniel and his three companion’s knowledge and skill. "Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." (Daniel 1:17, ASV)

5.    The gift of the Holy Spirit to all believers. "And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit. If then God gave unto them the like gift as he did also unto us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?" (Acts 11:16-17, ASV)

6.    Paul and Apollos increase. "What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Ministers through whom ye believed; and each as the Lord gave to him. I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." (1 Corinthians 3:5-6, ASV)  

7.    A spirit of power, love and discipline. "For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7, ASV)

8.    Eternal Life. "And the witness is this; that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11, ASV)

9.    God gave us another chance. "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." (1 John 2:1-2, NKJV) [2]

10. God gave His one and only Son. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16, NKJV) [3]


[1]  American Standard Version. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995.

[2]  The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.

[3]  The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.

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