A Daily Word from The Word for Monday, February 27, 2012
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” –Matthew 7:11
I would venture to say that the majority of us love to receive good gifts- not just gifts, but good gifts. But there is something far better than receiving good gifts from a loved one. Matthew 7:11 speaks of this- receiving good things from the Father. The Word of God tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). These “gifts” are good things rained down on us by the Father from above.
God, through His Divine Power “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
So what are these good things verses good gifts? The Greek word for “gifts” is “doron” (do-ron) which is “a present, a gift” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Whereas “things” from the Greek are “proimos” (pro-ee-mos) which means “dawning, autumnal, day-break, early in the morning, from above” (Strong’s). Good gifts are temporal and given by imperfect and fallen people. These gifts lose their luster, outlast their usefulness, and fade away; but oh the good things from above given to us by our Perfect Father! Now these things are something to talk about, to sing about, to get excited about! These are the gifts that last an eternity! These gifts, these things, never lose their luster, never outlast their usefulness, and never fade away. The Bible speaks of “early in the morning” the people came to Jesus in the temple to hear Him (Luke 21:38); “early in the morning” Jesus departed to a solitary place and He prayed (Mark 1:35); “early in the morning” David sought the Father (Psalm 63:1).
Good things, my dear brothers and sisters, are the things of God, the things that bring us closer to the Father, the things that transform us more into His image. And the best thing, or gift of all, was the gift of Jesus Christ, who made a way for us; for it is through the Savior that we come into communion with the Father and we are changed. Jesus Christ, the Son, is the door by which we now have access into the wonderful rooms which contain the amazing and everlasting good things which are of the Father. Sadly, most of God’s children camp out at the front door, when God wants you to have greater access and is beckoning “Come into my house, my child! Where there are many rooms in my mansion (John 14:2), where I have prepared a place for you, where I have laid out a feast for you (Luke 1:15-24). Taste and see my Goodness!” (Psalm 34:8).
So many times, we are looking for temporal gifts from our Father (and He certainly does provide these for us!) that we miss the more important things of God, the spiritual and lasting gifts bestowed upon us and in us to equip us and transform us more and more into the likeness of our Father (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).
God tells us when we “ask”, when we “aiteo” (ahee-te-o), we “desire what we require” (Strong’s), and when we desire what we require, then our Father will bestow upon us His good things “more and more, to the greatest degree” (Strong’s Greek word “mallon mal-lon for “more”). So let us not “pray amiss” (James 4:3); but let us desire what we require, which is the goodness and fellowship of our Father. For when we do, watch out! When we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), it is then that we are finally on to something, and it is then that God, our Gift Giver, will open the windows of Heaven for you and overtake you with His Blessings! (Malachi 3:10).
Father, thank you that you are our Gift-Giver, and that the greatest gift you gave us was You through Your Son. Thank you for giving us good things from above. Help us to desire what we require. Put your desires in us that we desire what is right and what is required, that you will then give us the desires of our hearts, which point back to you. In Jesus Name, we thank you for loving us so much, for being our Father, and bestowing upon us your good things. Amen and Amen.
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek the kingdom of God and His Righteousness first. Choose not to focus on the gifts but focus on the Giver. For by seeking the kingdom and focusing on the Giver; your gifts, your good things, will then be added. And continue to fight the good fight, Child of the Most High King! For God, your Father, has already given you the victory!
May God Bless you and Keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And In Service of The Most High King,
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©2012. Matthew Gargano.
Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford Illinois, where he is a member.