Every Good Gift Is From Above

JAMES 1:13,16,17 WEYMOUTH
13 Let no one say when passing through trial, “My temptation is
from God;” for God is incapable of being tempted to do evil,
and He Himself tempts no one.
16 Do not be deceived, my dearly-loved brethren.
17 Every gift which is good, and every perfect boon, is from
above, and comes down from the Father, who is the source of all
Light. In Him there is no variation nor the slightest
suggestion of change.

God is not doing evil that good may come from it.

“Do not be deceived,” the Bible tells us in verse 16 above.
Obviously then, brethren CAN be deceived — and many ARE.

God is NOT the one behind the bad things happening. Deadly
storms such as tornados and earthquakes are not acts of my God.
Only good comes down from my Father God — and He does not
change or vary from day to day.

John 10:10 LB
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My
purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

John 10:10 is the dividing line in the Bible. The purpose of
the devil is made clear: to harm you. The purpose of the Lord
is also clear: life in all its fullness — life as God intended.

Jesus is for you. The devil is against you. It’s as simple as
that.

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God Is A Healer

EXODUS 15:26 NRSV
26 …for I am the LORD who heals you.”

When God first revealed Himself to the people of Israel after
their deliverance from Egypt, He called Himself “the Lord Who
Heals.”

He didn’t just describe Himself as a healer — He actually gave
Himself that name. One of God’s names is “The One Who Heals” or
we could just say “Healer.”

Certainly God heals physically. Yet we should not limit our
thinking on this. God heals, or makes whole and sound,
everything that He touches. (So, if we need healing, our plan
should be to get closer to God.)

The idea of making whole and sound is what we should focus on.

God, by His nature, makes things whole. He IS a healer. A
healer of bodies, of minds, of relationships, of nations —
whatever needs making whole and sound.

The important point is to realize that we need not convince God
to heal, because that is His very nature.

No wonder that when Jesus of Nazareth, who was God in the
flesh, came along that:

MATTHEW 4:23 NRSV
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues
and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every
disease and every sickness among the people.

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The Lord Is Good

PSALM 145:8-9 NKJ
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger
and great in mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all
His works.

The greatest deception is making people think God is bad. God
is not guilty — of anything bad!

The devil wants us to believe God is bad: that He is uncaring,
that He does bad things to us, and that He is holding out on us
— keeping us from enjoying good. But it isn’t true. God loves
you more than you can imagine.

The devil is a liar — he works by deception. The devil tries
to make us believe God is like him, and he is like God, which
is, of course, not true.

Because of satan’s efforts to distort the truth, many people’s
idea of God is actually what the devil is like.

PSALM 34:8 NKJ
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man
who trusts in Him!

We must, as Scripture admonishes, taste and see that the Lord
is good. Unless you have a relationship with God, you won’t
know how good He is.

1 JOHN 4:8 NKJ
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God is a God of love. He puts the interests of others first. He
is not selfish. He desires the best for everyone.

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Don’t Wait For Tomorrow

PROVERBS 27:1 NIV
1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day
may bring forth.

Do what you need to do today.

Don’t wait to receive Jesus. Don’t put off doing the will of
God. Don’t wait to tell someone you love them.

JAMES 4:13-15 NIV
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to
this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and
make money.”
14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is
your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and
then vanishes.
15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we
will live and do this or that.”

You don’t know what tomorrow holds — or even if you will be
here tomorrow.

Keep your focus on God. Trust in Him, and do His will today.

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God Is Your Father

2 CORINTHIANS 6:18 NKJ
18 “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and
daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”

I am truly sorry if your earthly father was not a good father.
But there are good fathers — and certainly God is one.

Have you really thought about what it means to have God as your
Father?

Think of His power, His wisdom, His wealth. Then remember that
God loves you more than anyone else has ever loved you — even
more than you love yourself.

No earthly father ever loved his children more than God loves
you.

Are you living your life in the light of this knowledge? Or,
are you acting like an orphan and worrying like you have no one
to take care of you?

JOHN 14:18 NIV
18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

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You Are Now A Giver

EPHESIANS 5:1 NLT
1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are
his dear children.

You are now a giver. God your Father is a giver and you should
act like your Father.

Giving is an act of love, and an act of faith. As a child of
God you are no longer a taker, but a giver, because God’s love
has been put into your heart (Romans 5:5).

The devil’s kingdom is a kingdom of selfishness so it operates
by taking. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of love so it operates by
giving.

Real followers of Jesus are known for their great love (which
is expressed by giving) to others (John 13:35).

The Bible not only tells us to give, but also promises us
blessing when we do give.

LUKE 6:38 NLT
38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in
full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more,
running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give
will determine the amount you get back.”

Money is not the only thing you can give. Mercy, compassion,
encouragement — anything that will bless someone is a valuable
gift.

Your best gift is sharing the message of God’s love and
deliverance with others — a gift more valuable than money.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6,8 NLT
6 Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will
get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a
generous crop.
8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will
always have everything you need and plenty left over to share
with others.

The Bible teaches that giving is planting seed, which brings a
larger harvest of provision back into your life. As you give,
God will see that it is given to you, so you will have
“everything you need and plenty left over to share with
others.”

So whatever needs you have, plant good seeds for your future by
giving today!

Rich people can give freely, without worrying how their own
needs will be met, because they have abundance. When you
realize you are rich in Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9), and Heaven
backs you, then you will also be able to enjoy giving freely.

So, with the backing of God’s Word, you can use what you have
been given to help those around you.

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Jesus Will Not Reject You

JOHN 6:37 LB
37 But some will come to me–those the Father has given me–
and I will never, never reject them.

People may reject you. But Jesus won’t.

Jesus died for sinners. He loves them and will help them — if
only they will come to Him.

Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, but to help us. Think of the
Bible account of the woman caught in adultery.

JOHN 8:11 NIV
11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”
Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Religious people will reject you for any number of reasons. The
length of your hair, the food you eat, or the clothes you wear
are only examples of reasons they may reject you.

But Jesus is different. He will accept you just as you are.

Many people think they need to clean up their life and get
their act together before coming to Jesus. But they have it
backwards. They should come to Jesus now, and let Him “clean
them up.”

If we could make ourselves perfect — we wouldn’t need a
Savior.

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Jesus Is Your Righteousness

ROMANS 5:1 NLT
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by
faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our
Lord has done for us.

God offers righteousness as a free gift to everyone who
receives the Lord Jesus Christ.

Righteousness means right-wise-ness, or being right. So
righteousness is right standing, or good standing with God. It
does not mean human “perfection.”

Righteousness is a gift from God — not something you can earn
or achieve. God simply declares that you are innocent, as far
as He is concerned, because you believe in Jesus, and that
makes you righteous.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:30 NKJ
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom
from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption

You ARE righteous if Jesus is your Lord. In fact, Jesus IS your
righteousness. As a believer in Jesus, you will never be more
righteous — no matter what you do.

Romans 3:10 is a well known verse on this subject that is often
misunderstood. It is a quote from the Old Testament, and is
part of a passage that continues on to say that NOW we can be
righteous through faith in Jesus Christ.

ROMANS 3:10 NKJ
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;

ROMANS 3:21-22 NKJ
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is
revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God which is through faith in
Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no
difference;

Romans 10 gives instructions on how to become righteous.

ROMANS 10:9-10 NKJ
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with
the mouth confession is made to salvation.

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The Message Of Reconciliation

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19 NIV
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us
the message of reconciliation.

The Good News is about reconciliation between God and man.
Jesus Christ accomplished it.

Mankind was estranged from God. We had gone our own way, were
lost, and couldn’t find our way back to fellowship with God.
Fortunately, God loved us and did something to help us.

Two extremely important ideas are presented in the above verse.

First, God is not holding people’s sins against them! As far as
God is concerned, Christ’s sacrifice paid the penalty for all
sin — and God considers the world reconciled back to Him.

Second, this wonderful good news of what God has done has been
committed to us. Human beings must tell it. If we don’t — it
won’t be told.

People can live and die and never know the glorious truth that
God is not holding any sins against them — if no one tells
them. They need to know they are forgiven, loved by God, and
welcome to come back into fellowship with Him through Christ.

Think about this: God is interested in reconciliation. Not in
shutting you, or others, out. He is inviting humanity in,
saying all is forgiven.

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Faith Is Released Through Words

MATTHEW 17:20 NKJ
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for
assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and
it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

If you have faith — you will do something — according to
Jesus. You will speak!

Faith and authority are exercised through words. You must open
your mouth and speak in line with what God says.

All we receive from God must be received by faith. (See Romans
5:2 & Galatians 3:14.) So, you will only receive God’s blessing
in line with the words you speak.

What you say is what you believe. Or, we could say, you believe
what you say.

If you want to know what someone truly believes, just listen to
what they say — especially when they’re under pressure. Then
the truth will come out.

MATTHEW 12:34-35 NKJ
34 “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good
things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings
forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure
brings forth evil things.

Your mouth speaks forth what is in your heart. So to bring
forth good things in your life, you need to speak good words.
To speak good words, they must first be put into your heart in
abundance. You know what that means. Get into the Bible and get
it into you.

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