So by now you’ve open your Christmas gifts, right? Did you receive any thing that you simply don’t know what to do with? It just really doesn’t work for you?
Through out the years we’ve all gotten a few of those gifts. Where’s the receipt? This simply doesn’t fit me! A gift that simply does not fit who you are; where you are; or what you are doing; and it is so difficult to understand what to do with it. And yet we have closets full of them. (they did not give you the receipt)
The truth is that Gods gifts are like that as well. Gifts that we simply don’t know what to do with; words that simply don’t fit into our world. God always gives gifts that speaks to your future and not your present.
Gods gifts reveal both your identity and your destiny.
Gods gifts speak to who you are going to be; where you are going to go and what you are going to do in your future.
He has given all of us Words that we simply don’t understand and that we really don’t know how to fit into our present reality.
His words “are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh,” (Proverbs 4:22). “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away,” (Matthew 24:35). The gift of God’s word will never wear out, never break down, doesn’t need batteries and does not require assembly.
“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions,” (Psalm 107:20). Our healing and our deliverance are a result of receiving His word into our lives. Isaiah told us “…the words that I speak will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen, and they succeed in doing what I send them to do,” Isaiah 55:11 NCV).
God told Jeremiah that “I’ll make every word I give to you come true,” (Jeremiah 1:12 MSG). Jesus said, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you,” (John 15:7).
Every thing God has or ever will do He does by His word. He created the world with His word and he sent His word to recreate every man who will receive the Christ. Christ told us that if we build our lives on the word of God that our lives will stand the storms of life. He told us that the enemy will try to steal the word from our lives. But if we receive and believe we can ask Him anything.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them,” (Mark 11:24). If we simply receive His word and “believe that we receive,” we can see His word manifest in our daily lives.
I know it sounds crazy, but so does a “virgin birth.” It is crazy to think that God has given us His Son, the Word made flesh, but it is true.
God will give us a word that points us in a certain direction, but He will intentionally leave out the details. You and I must step out of the boat on the one word that He has given to us. He told Peter to “come,” and Peter could stand on the water.
He told Abraham to get up and go, but He did not give him the details. God’s word doesn’t seem to fit who we are, where we are or what we are currently doing. God’s word calls us out into the future.
Listen we have been living by the world’s system rather than by the “Word’s system.” We must allow the gift of God’s Word set us free from the addictions of the world and begin to live in the identity and the destiny that He has established for us.
Several years ago the Lord spoke to me about His 12 step program. Twelve things that I believe will help you to break free of the world and walk in His Word. These 12 little things are found in Proverbs 4:20-27:
Proverbs 4:20–27 (NIV)
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
- Pay Attention
- Be Inclined To Hear
- Do not Look Away
- Keep In Heart
- It is Life
- It is Health
- Keep your hearts
- Put away bad talk
- Only Straight Ahead
- Dream Gods Dreams
- Stay Focused
If you want to incorporate these steps into your life I invite you to watch the sermon from Sunday again.