Receive Your Gifts

“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” (Jms. 1:16-18)

I recently had a day dream of sorts, a picture of heaven’s Christmas gifts, left on the floor. Some were unopened, others partially opened and cast aside. But it was clear that “Christmas” had come and gone. Then I noticed an empty space where an elaborate tree had been… and I had the impression that somehow the guests had missed their invitation to the Tree of Life.

While I was pondering this, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “My people have yet to fully receive everything that I have given them this year.”

The writer of the Book of James gives us three valuable thoughts about God’s gifts to His Child. First he says do not be deceived… every good gift is from His heart. Second he tells us that it has come from the Father of Lights, which indicates there is illumination inside. Third he tells us that the purpose of the gift is to bring us forth, as the first fruits of His creatures. God is a generous Father! He gives gifts to bring us forth into the new season. When we take His gifts lightly, we miss the opportunity for fullness. We miss the impact of the riches in the Tree of Life.

As you look back on this past year, can you identify the gifts that He has given to you?

  • Gifts of Revelation
  • Gifts of People
  • Gifts of Answered Prayer
  • Gifts of His Presence

There may have been moments or seasons where you have felt the Holy Spirit invite you to walk more closely with Him. A doorway seemed to open into the realm of greater glory… being with Him, enjoying His Presence. You see that is what heaven’s gifts do… they are doorways into intimacy. They are doorways that offer us access to the Tree of Life!

I want to encourage you – to receive those gifts and take them into your next season!

Today, God is speaking to you, saying, “That gift was from Me… a personal gift to you from My heart. It has not been cancelled. Where the enemy has sought to rob or steal that gift from you, you can receive back more, for I am a God of restoration and you have authority in My Name.”

That revelation – pick it up again.

That person – invest again in that relationship.

That answer to prayer – press in, God is breaking through for you.

Today, you can respond to His invitation to walk in intimacy with Him, to experience His Presence in a greater way. It is not too late to fully receive all that God has ordained for you this year and beyond. And take it with you into 2014.

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