Exhortations

The Gift

Power and guidance are a gifts from God.

What is a gift?  Does it only represent material things?  Of course, we know in layperson’s terms what a gift is. It is a thing given to someone without any payment.  It is a present given by somebody to somebody.  Religiously speaking, we have been given many gifts by our Creator.  Wisdom of God is a gift for the people of God who diligently ask for it and whose hearts and souls are pure and clear, like the water of salvation. These people of God are justified and sanctified by faith alone in Jesus Christ, the Son and Savior of the world. The process of salvation continues as we journey to sanctification by work and not by faith alone. James, the brother of Jesus Christ, said faith without work is dead.

The Grace of God is another gift given to us by our Lord Almighty.  It is a favor from God given to us without asking for it. Same as the gift of salvation, which is freely given to us, and opening that gift means acknowledging the existence of God in our life.  As He said,  He will reward those that acknowledge Him. Challenges are already part of our faith, but Christians went overboard and linked it to Christian life. Human beings are born with free will, and free will is a choice of how we want to live our lives.

Every human being has a chance to improve their life if they or were born without a golden spoon. God’s gift of wisdom has two kinds.  It is the revealed and the concealed wisdom.  If you already have this gift, there is no reason not to know and understand why there are fortunate and less fortunate people in this world,  and you will realize what it is to be lucky and what it is to be blessed.

Every living soul receives a gift of life from God; whether you acknowledge it or not is your choice. Due to our sinful nature, we have to deal with it in our way, and sin is always sniffing around, waiting for you to commit one, and you do not need to find it, but with God, you have to seek His face. Psalm 27:8—“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘O LORD, I will seek Your face.” The Bible also said to seek first the kingdom of God: Matthew 6:33—“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

God wants us to seek Him, which means that seeking Him is telling us He exists. When we seek God, we seek Him in spirit.  “Spirit of God” is used in the Old Testament to signify “God’s breath” (Job 33.4). Just as the ancient Israelites spoke anthropomorphically of God’s arm, hand, and face, they also spoke of His breath, i.e., His vital power or spirit, which was as active and productive as God Himself. Encyclopedia.com

When the Holy Spirit dwells within us, it comes bundled with Seven Spiritual gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. There are also the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirits, which are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity (kindness), goodness, longanimity (forbearance), mildness (gentleness), faith, modesty, continency (self-control), and purity.

Without a doubt, the gift from God is given to us to enjoy it and not to be burdened with it. When some Christians tell you that life is full of challenges/temptations. The response is that challenges manifest our faith in God and have nothing to do with whether we are rich or poor, a master or an enslaved person, a sinner, or a saint. Our mission is to stay focused on the good news delivered to us through the Son Jesus about the greatness of God and His kingdom.  With these gifts given to us by our Lord Almighty, it is up to us to make these gifts grow within us, share them, practice them and enjoy the gift of life God has given us, so we may share with Him and with his Son, Jesus with the Holy Spirit the everlasting life promised to us.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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