pc-usa 2003-07-18 - Passages About God's Gifts to Us

Originally Published 2000-11-26

Those of us in America have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, a time of counting our blessings -- though sometimes it seems to be more about stuffing ourselves and watching football and parades, than thanking God for His gifts. Today we will look at passages that mention some of God's gifts to us, for which we should be thankful every day. All Scriptures are from the NASB.

The Gift of Salvation

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

The Gift of Family, Both "Natural" and Christian

2 Timothy 1:5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

Matthew 12:47-50 Someone said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.'' But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?'' And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, "Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother."

John 19:23-27 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be''; this was to fulfill the Scripture: "THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS.'' Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!'' Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!'' From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

The Gift of Friendship

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

The Gift of Productive Work

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor it is the gift of God.

The Gift of His Provision for Our Physical Needs

Psalms 11:4-5 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.

Jan

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