I have a question: Who started all this gift giving at Christmas? The answer: God gave His only begotten Son. When folks wish to emulate the life of their Savior, they will give gifts to those who they care for. There is an exception, if the devil is yet your father you will give nothing but expect much. Christmas is represented by God giving His Son, the wise men giving gifts to His Son and the Son giving men the gift of the Holy Ghost.
John 12:24 I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abide alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.
The Jews were anxiously awaiting the appearing of the Messiah, but few recognized Him when He began His ministry in Galilee. After many signs and wonders some began to believe He was the Christ, but when they crucified Him they lost all hope. They did not understand the prophets, they did not know who their true enemy was. Jesus was God’s gift to all men, He was born to be the final sacrifice under the Abrahamic covenant. He was not what Israel expected Him to be, so He could not be what He was born to be. Many did not know His true identity, but they loved Him because He healed all their disease. Jesus had to die in order for men to live, He became our sin and we became His righteousness.
Galatians 1:15 It pleased God when He called me by His grace and to reveal His Son in me.
The Apostle Paul never met Jesus as far as we know. He was a pharisee commissioned by the Jews to dismantle the teachings of Jesus. He set out to discourage and arrest anyone who demonstrated an allegiance to Jesus. A modern term for Paul would be a liberal. But Paul met this Jesus on his way to Damascus and Jesus gave Paul a revelation. A revelation is an inward witness of the Holy Ghost, it is more real than tangible evidence. Natural evidence can be altered and fabricated, it is the basis for “religion”, but a revelation comes directly from God and it cannot be disputed. God can convince any man if they are willing to accept His evidence.
Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized into the Name of Jesus and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The most important gift of God is eternal life but it is not His only gift, salvation qualifies you for even greater gifts. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is greater than salvation because without the Holy Ghost you cannot be saved. A born-again man is a son of God and God has many gifts He wants to give His children. We cannot earn these gifts, we believe for them, without faith it is impossible to please our Father who art in heaven.
Acts 20:35 And Jesus said: it is more blessed to give than to receive.
The Scripture has always puzzled me until I looked up the Greek word blessed. We can read it this way: The one who gives is more happy than the one they give to. It is the Father’s good pleasure to gift you the kingdom.
I am not afraid to give, I am not afraid to cross the Jordan.
My faith is in the promises, God is not a man that He should lie.
My prosperity is on the other side, God will help me get across.
Nothing can oppose me, because God is on my side.
GOD’S EXPECTED END
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
GOD’S WILL IS TO HEAL: Matt 9 Jesus traveled healing every sickness and disease.
Matt 10 Jesus gave his disciples (us) the authority to do the same and sent them (us) Luke 10 Jesus sent out 72 others to do the same.
Mark 16 Jesus said signs would follow: “Lay hands on sick they will recover”!
John 14:12 Those who believe would do greater works!
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK
PRAYING FOR PROTECTION OVER THOSE WHO ARE NOT
PRAYING IN AGREEMENT FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
PRAYING FOR GOD’S EXPECTED END
PRAYING AGAINST FEAR (OUR OWN AND OTHERS) FEAR OF GETTING SICK/ FEAR OF LACK DURING AND AFTER
Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he is able to perform it.”
Jeremiah 33:6 "I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”