So Christmas is over and New Year is upon us, for those of us that struggle with mental health issues the beginning of a new year can actually be quite daunting as the days are dark and the winter seems long.
I was reading James the other night and found a passage that gave me such hope and caused me to mediate on all the wonderful gifts that we can have from God. So I have decided to do a study on the gifts of God and share it here to keep me accountable and also to encourage anyone else who has the same issues as I do.
Christmas may be over and the fun of present opening long gone, but these gifts are there every day for us to receive joyfully and I invite anyone reading this to join me in exploring these gifts so that we can look/ to Him for our help and encouragement through the long winter days.
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So, like I said I was reading James, and came across an awesome passage of scripture which I decided to study deeper and I am so glad I did its
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
There were two words which stuck out to me, one was implanted and the other receive so I looked at the definitions:
- Receive: be given, presented with, or paid (something).
- Implant: insert or fix (tissue or an artificial object) in a person’s body, especially by surgery.
I then did a little a googling and found this quote by John Piper:
Now verse 21 says that this word didn’t come and go. It was implanted. It took root. It is in us and is part of us. This is amazing. I pray the Lord causes this truth to sink in and grip you. We are born again by the word. And the word stays. Indeed, verse 21 says that this implanted word “is able to save your souls.” Don’t underestimate the power and the importance of the word of God.
When we read Gods word it is implanted in us! So that means that even on those dark days, His word is still in me. There’s no getting away from that fact!
Spurgeon had this to say about the word receive:
“The first thing, then, is receive. That word ‘receive’ is a very instructive gospel word; it is the door through which God’s grace enters to us. We are not saved by working, but by receiving; not by what we give to God, but by what God gives to us, and we receive from him.”
How awesome is that? This is a gift with no strings attached, we just receive it, that’s all we have to do.
I looked for other bible verses about Gods word and there was so much, here is a few that ministered to my soul:
- Gods word is perfect Psalm 19:7
- Gods word is pure Proverbs 30:5
- Gods word is true Psalm 119:160
- Gods word is our nourishment Matthew 4:4
- And it will never fail Matthew 24:35
So what should we do with this awesome gift?
Receive it and let it dwell in us Colossians 3:16 says:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
In other words, read it, mediate on it, talk to Jesus about it! Use it to help and encourage others.
So with all this in mind I want to share one more piece of scripture to encourage you to read and receive this wonderful gift from God.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Ask in His will and He will give it us. But His word has to abide in us and we have to abide in Him, is this true of you? Are you born again? Are you receiving his word?
I know this time of year is hard but I hope this encourages you to pick up your bibles and read it, it is so powerful and wonderful and so much better than gifts given one day a year that are forgotten about a week later. We get to open this one every single day and receive the wonderful truths found there.
God bless you and I hope you have a blessed new year in the Lord!