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Our heavenly Father is the giver of every good and perfect gift.

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). Were a man who is in Christ to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with his every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of all the glorious wonders the Lord plentifully bestows on him.

The Lord’s blessings upon us, and for us, are marvelous in goodness and masterful in perfection. Above all, we have received the most precious gift of God’s Son (who came down to us from above). “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). The Son of God, Christ Jesus, came into the world, so that “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

For believers, as we reflect on God’s unmerited favor in sending us His Son, the following Bible verses are given so we may think about some of the priceless gifts we have received from our loving heavenly Father.

Salvation in Christ:

  • Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)
  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God. (Eph. 2:8)
  • The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev. 22:17)

In Christ, we are God’s children:

  • Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to the, ‘You are not people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ (Hosea 1:10)
  • Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
  • I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor. 6:18)
  • It is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. (Rom. 9:8)

His Holy Spirit dwells within us:

  • Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. (John 4:10)
  • If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13)
  • And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Rom. 5:5)
  • We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13)

God’s Holy Word, the Bible:

  • Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Ps. 119:105)
  • For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17)
  • All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16)
  • He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. (James 1:18)
  • But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)

God’s provisions:

  • “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Mal. 3:10)
  • For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:32-33)
  • For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him. (Rom. 10:12)
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

Spiritual peace:

  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
  • He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things. (Rom. 8:32)
  • For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. (Rom. 11:29)
  • The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 16:56)
  • And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)

Forgiveness and grace:

  • All the prophets testify about [Jesus Christ] that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (Acts 10:43)
  • Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. (Acts 13:38)
  • But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Eph. 4:7)

In Christ, we are counted as righteous:

  • This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference. (Rom. 3:22)
  • It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Cor. 1:30)
  • God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)

In Christ, we have peace and joy, now and forevermore. Jesus is worthy of all our worship, and He is worthy of our surrendering all to Him as a living sacrifice!

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