TGIF: Understanding What God Has Given
By Os Hillman
TGIF Today God Is First
Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
"We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is
from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us." 1
desires for us to know what He has freely given to us. One of the
responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to reveal His plans and purposes to us.
They may be hidden for a time, but if we seek Him with our whole heart, we can
know what He has given to us.
the Baptist understood this principle. When asked if he was the Messiah, he
replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven" (Jn.
3:27). John understood his role in the Kingdom of God. He came to pave the way
for the Messiah; he was not the Messiah himself. His ministry on earth was very
brief, yet Jesus described his life in this way: " 'I tell you the truth:
Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the
Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he'
" (Mt. 11:11).
we understand what God has given to us, we can walk freely in our calling.
However, if we strive to walk in a role that He never gave us, it will result
in frustration and failure. God wants to reveal His plan to us by His Spirit.
This requires a willingness to seek and accept what He gives us. It may be
different from what we thought. It may require adjustments to follow His path
for our lives. As we learn from the life of John the Baptist, obedience
requires death to our own wills.
God to reveal what He has freely given to you. Pray that you receive and
embrace only those things He has reserved for you to receive and to accomplish
in your life. Then you can be assured of a life full of meaning and purpose, and
you can look forward to hearing those all-important words someday, "Well
done, My good and faithful servant."
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