James 1:17a (KJV)- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.
I’ve had this 50% off discount on my Starbucks card app. for a few weeks now. It was for fresh brewed coffee, which I‘ve already stopped in and ordered a few this week. So this morning as I was driving home with my fresh brewed coffee in hand I realized, I didn’t use my discount (again). It’s not that I wouldn’t have loved to get ½ off, it’s just that I forgot! As I was driving home, feeling a bit ripped off for yet again not using my discount code, the Lord showed me something about His gifts.
He has gifts that are here for us everyday. They are right here, within our reach. We just need to access them and use them (like redeeming a coupon). But sometimes we forget, don’t we? We go about our day completely forgetting that God has freely given us gifts (that don’t expire btw). They are gifts for us to use so that we can do more than just survive from day to day, but so that we can have an abundant life. John 10:10 (ESV)- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Let me tell you, the enemy loves it when we forget our ‘spiritual’ coupons!
How many times do we run to other people with our stuff before ever pulling out the Word of God and seeing what He has to say about our situation? How many times does He offer joy in His Word, but we don’t even think to access those scriptures and ask Him for joy daily in our lives? We forget. We are a forgetful people. Like Author Ann Voskamp says, we sometimes get spiritual amnesia. And we go through life feeling life we got jipped, when really, we just didn’t take full access of what the Lord has already given us (the coupons are in our pocket!). He offers wisdom and understanding. It is right here for the asking.
Now do we pursue a relationship with God just for His gifts? I sure hope not. Just like I don’t go to Starbucks and use my Starbucks card just in hopes that I’ll get a good discount one day (although it’s nice), I go because I enjoy my coffee. I go to God because I enjoy Him and love Him. But guess what? He also enjoys us and loves us and wants to lavish us with extravagant gifts- not because He has to, but because He wants to.
So if you’re like me and get spiritual amnesia, ask the Lord today to help you remember His gifts. Pray and ask for these gifts each morning, so that you may be fully equipped and effective to be all that God has called you to be and start living an abundant life. It has nothing to do with if you think you deserve it or not, it is only because He is good and desires to give us good gifts. Matthew 7:11 (NLT)- So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of the many gifts the Lord offers us. It you feel like you’re lacking in any of these areas, look up the scriptures and write them out on an index card and repeat them throughout the day.
The Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13, Act 8:20)
Grace (Psalms 84:11, James 4:6)
Wisdom (Proverbs 2:6, James 1:5)
Faith (Ephesians 2:8, Philippians 1:29)
Righteousness (Romans 5:16-17)
Strength & Power (Psalms 68:35)
A New Heart (Ezekiel 11:19)
Peace (Psalms 29:11)
Rest (Matthew 11:28, 2 Thessalonians 1:7)
Glory (Psalms 84:11, John 17:22)
Eternal Life (Romans 6:23)
Lord, I will be the first to admit, I get spiritual amnesia and often forget that I have been freely given so many gifts from You. And all I have to do is ask and then believe in faith that Your Word is true. Forgive me for often running to everyone else first and then running to You. I want to start going to You and Your Word first and then seeking wise counsel from others. Thank You that you are the giver of good gifts and that you want us to live abundantly, even when we’re walking through storms, You give us the strength and peace to walk through it. Praying today for every good and perfect gift that You have for me. Not because I’m entitled or deserve it, but just because I am Your child. Amen.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (MSG)- 3-4 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.