“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”” Luke 11:13……………..
“You are a very gifted writer,” a sweet reader wrote me one day.
Yes! Yes I am, I thought later when I reflected on her message. I am a very gifted writer!
Now before you think I’m the most prideful person in the world, please hear me out. Listen to what she wrote next.
“I feel God’s presence through the words you write,” she continued.
I am a very gifted writer BECAUSE the GIFT IS FROM GOD, and ALL – absolutely EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF GLORY for this gift – BELONGS TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! I can take NO CREDIT. NO GLORY. NO PRAISE. NO HONOR. The gift is God’s, and so is the glory!
Why did she say she could feel God’s presence through my words? Because she can! Because the Holy Spirit of God lives in me and lives through me, and when I work hard to keep my heart pure for Him, continually repenting as needed when He shows me any sin in my thoughts, words, and actions, the Lord has free reign to pour His love, mercy, kindness, compassion, and everything else He desires through me. Including the gift of writing He has given me. My job is to live for Christ, to love and glorify God, to spend time with Him, to study and live by His Word, to ask for fresh fillings of His Spirit, to follow Jesus as He leads me, and the gift, and gifts, people see in and through me ARE FROM GOD FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!
Please be careful with the gifts the Lord has given you; use them wisely, use them as He leads you, and remember to GIVE GOD THE GLORY for what He has so blessedly given you to glorify His name and to share His love and blessings with the world all around!