Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 19, 2016

"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." Isaiah 9:6

What would be your perfect gift? A gift that is practical, a gift that is enjoyable, a gift that is helpful, and a gift that is valuable. Is there such a gift?

I don't know about your world but in mine I usually have to choose between what I really WANT and really NEED. What I WANT is a new set of wedges for my golf club set. What I NEED is stuff like socks, underwear and pj's. Guess which I will get? I hope you have better luck!

So, is there a gift that gives you what you need as well as what you want? There most definitely is!
Where would you find such a gift?

You only have to look as far as your Christmas catalog, otherwise known as the Bible!

The perfect gift has been given by, none other than - God! Who else?

And what is that gift? Rather, WHO is that gift?

It is the gift of His Son, Jesus, the second person of the trinity.

Here are four reasons why this is the Gift that is both what you need and what you want:

First, in this complex and confusion maze called life, we need counsel and guidance. Isaiah tells us this Gift is a Wonderful Counselor! When you have this Gift you have all the wisdom, and the insight and the discernment to know which path to take, which choice to make and the fine line between what is good and what is best! WHAT A GIFT!

Second, God created us with a need for Him. In the very core of our being is a God-shaped void. Until you find that missing piece you feel incomplete. You know something is missing but may not be sure what it is. The Gift IS God! Receiving Him connects us spiritually with God and gives us a personal intimate relationship with Almighty God!

Third, this is the Gift of peace. When you receive the Counselor and the Almighty God, you have peace! When you are at peace with God you find peace with yourself spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. Finding peace with God and peace within naturally results in peaceful relationships with others. God blesses peacemakers - and He IS the peacemaker.

The Fourth and final gift of this Gift is that it's affordable! In fact, it is free! This Gift is offered at no cost to you because the price was paid by Jesus on the cross!

If you have been in search of the perfect gift, this is it! Should you be looking for a gift that is both what you WANT and what you NEED - this is that rare combination!

So, you want this Gift. You need this Gift. Why would you not receive this Gift? What is keeping you from taking it?

Or, if you have received this Gift, what is keeping you from sharing it with others?