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The Most Precious Gift (by Christopher Blackwood)

The Most Precious Gift

All of us human beings love to get a gift - especially on our birthday. There is something about getting a gift that makes us feel special. For some of us, it is not only that we received a gift, but it is also about the type of gift that we received. For some, if the gift is expensive it provides an indication of how the person who gave us the gift, feels or thinks about us. For other individuals, it doesn’t matter what kind of gift they received. The fact that they received a gift was sufficient; and they drew the conclusion that they are special to the giver of the gift, because the giver didn’t have to give them a gift at all.
Take a moment to think about the MOST IMPORTANT and EXPENSIVE GIFT you have ever received from anyone. Do you remember how you felt when you received that gift? Do you remember what you said to the giver of the gift? Do you remember what you did with the gift? I can just imagine the emotions that are flooding through your mind right now as you remember all that was going on when you received that gift.

As you take some time to reflect on that expensive gift, the Lord wants to remind you of a gift that He has given to you long before you came into this earth. After Adam and Eve sinned, in Genesis 3:15, God promised that He would make a way to reconcile sinful human beings who were destined to be separated from God for eternity. Four thousand years after making this promise to Adam and Eve, that He would grant them the gift of Eternal Life, Jesus came to this earth and completed the first part of the provision of this gift. All human beings are awaiting the completion of the second part of this gift, which is the second coming of Jesus. In Rev. 3:11, God is reminding us that He is coming quickly to complete the promise that He made to Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:15.
In this text, we see God giving us a word of caution. Here God is telling us to be careful that someone doesn’t rob us of this gift of eternal life, that He has already given to all those who accept Him as their Lord and Saviour. You see my friend, Satan working through his human agents, can place obstacles in our way to pull us away from God. He may choose to use financial difficulties as the strategy to entice us to give up on God. He may choose to use the attitude and behaviour of family members, classmates, co-workers, church members and total strangers to frustrate us to the point where we give up on God. Satan is walking around as a roaring lion with ONLY ONE OBJECTIVE… to ROB human beings of the gift of eternal life. 

It is my prayer that you will continue to surrender every single area of your life to the total control of the Holy Spirit, so that Satan will not be able to steal the crown of righteousness that God has in store for you. Please continue to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, so that you will not become distracted by the fiery darts that Satan will place before you today.