Aspects of the word “GIFT”!
By: Loren Due, DMin, Ph.D.
You have a gift. You have a choice to either use it for God’s glory or the Devil’s; what will you choose? You are probably saying to yourself what is he talking about! I have a situation in my life that when I use my gift, it always brings me trouble. Just because a family member or a friend criticizes you and makes fun of you because everything you tell them happens that is not you, but the gift in you at work. No, the trouble comes because you have not chosen to use your gift correctly.
I believe everyone has at least one gift! That statement is bold because not everyone reading this article agrees with it. That is my position and I will not attempt to sway you into thinking and believing as I do – it is not a point of salvation. Therefore if you do not agree with me that is all right. I am reminded of this scripture: Romans 11:29 (KJV) 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. I interpret this scripture which is the only one like it in the whole Holy Bible to mean that God gives gifts at His discretion regardless whether you are saved or not. The choice of salvation remains a personal choice according to Deuteronomy 30:19.
This article will be snippets of the word “GIFT!” So as you read through the snippets understand that some of the situations may apply to you and others not.
Matthew 7:11 (KJV)
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Jesus is letting evil people know that if they can give good gifts how much more can God the Father give to us good gifts! God the Father gave us Jesus! Giving is a key principle in the Kingdom of God.
Romans 12:6 (KJV)
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; We are to know that each give is unique to the situation and that it takes faith to exercise the give. The Apostle Paul used the gift of prophesy because when you go to tell someone about their past, present or future it takes extreme faith to know that you are truly speaking as an oracle of God.
1 Corinthians 12:4 (KJV)
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. The Holy Spirit operates all the gifts in us but we must understand that there are many gifts. Humanity must stop putting God in a box and limiting Him!
1 Corinthians 14:1 (KJV)
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. The Apostle Paul is encouraging that we demonstrate love
Proverbs 18:16 (KJV)
16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Whatever your gift it will find a way of getting you into places you never thought you would go and the gift will cause you to appear before great men or situations. The Lord equips you with the gift(s) so you can be a blessing to someone else and in the process of being a blessing you find yourself greatly blessed because you used your gift – whatever it is!
Proverbs 21:14 (KJV)
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. Sometime a gift in this case is something ‘you’ give which brings peace to someone by turning away anger and a secret gift to someone can instigate trouble without others knowing.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (KJV)
19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. One of God’s many gifts to humanity is when God gives riches and wealth and the ability of humanity to enjoy their potion and rejoice when mankind has to labor.
John 4:10 (KJV)
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The operative word in this sentence is ‘GIFT.” Gift of God is the kind of gift that all should want and have, however, because of the setting and way Jesus described it, it was confused by the listener to with something natural rather than spiritual. The Gift of God is eternal lift not just a one-time fix like a cold glass of water does for a thirsty soul.
Acts 2:38 (KJV)
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Have you made up your mind to complete your salvation with the free gift from God? The free gift from God is described in detail in Acts 2:1 – 4. It is gift not burden that you and I may have added power to deal with our flesh and win souls for Christ.
Romans 5:5 (KJV)
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Jesus gave us the best gift anyone could give and that was the opportunity 5 to live in eternity with Him. The hope is the fact that we must wait on enjoying the gift in the future even though we have it if we received it according to Romans 10: 8 – 9.
Romans 5:16 (KJV)
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. Even though Adam sinned and brought us all under guilt the free gift was God brings us to be considered righteous by the Father.
Romans 5:18 (KJV)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. All of us are guilty and sinful because of the sin of Adam not Eve. Notice that when Adam disobeyed God it made every man and woman born after that to be a sinner. Our justification was made possible by Jesus death on the cross and his resurrection. Jesus death is a gift to us!
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The gift of God is the fact that his son Jesus death burial and resurrection granted us the right when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior to be born again. What a tremendous gift given to us by Jesus Christ. You don’t have to die and go to hell when a special gift has been given by the second person in the Godhead!
1 Corinthians 7:7 (KJV)
7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. Paul is simply letting us know his personal desire but since he is not God he confirms that all have gifts and they use them accordingly.
1 Corinthians 13:2 (KJV)
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. Here the Apostle Paul shows his meekness and makes the point that he may be able to interpret “ALL” mysteries, “ALL” knowledge and “ALL” faith but he is nothing! It takes a unique person not to be prideful and arrogant. A person of this caliber is well grounded in truth and in who they are as a person. The Apostle Paul shows us how to exercise and value the gifts we are given.
2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV)
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. I believe the unspeakable gift is the gift of the Holy Ghost with tongues which was given in Acts 2:38; others simple believe the unspeakable gift is the gift of salvation which is given to everyone who believes that Jesus died and now lives forever.
1 Timothy 4:14 (KJV)
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Some of you received such a gift and others are thankful for what was given to Timothy. I believe the gift in him was the anointing that transferred from his grandmother Eunice and mother Lois which was the Holy Ghost.
2 Timothy 1:6 (KJV)
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. At some point the Apostle Paul laid hands on Timothy which was a memorial event. The Apostle Paul wants his son in the gospel to remember often about the fact that anointed hands were laid on him which kindled the fire of the Holy Ghost in Timothy. The gift here is the precious Holy Ghost.
Hebrews 6:4 (KJV)
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, The writer of Hebrews throws doubt on those who go back on the Lord. He poses a question in statement form to insinuate that maybe these people who go back will not be saved! Will they? I believe the heavenly gift is the Holy Ghost and fire when you get into a place where you feel like to praising God for hours and hours; you don’t want to come back down to earth! It is a state of blissful joy and happiness.
James 1:17 (KJV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Nothing is left out of “every!” That means that “ALL!”(Every) good gift and every perfect gift are from above. A good gift is a God gift and a perfect gift is one that is complete and needs no embellishments of any kind. To be in God means to be complete in every possible way whether by faith or actualization.
You may want to read 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14 to get a glimpse of what the Holy Bible describes about gifts given to men and women! I believe you will find in life more gifts from God not enumerated in these scriptures. Whatever your discovery of your gift(s) happens to be; use it wisely, share it with joy and protect and guard it.
Do you know your gift (s)?
Are you going to be bold with your gift (s) for the glory of God?
Will you freely give of your gift (s) to those that need it?