It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving, He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message)
What kind of gifts do you anticipate receiving this Christmas - Clothes? Electronics? Jewelry? Money? Have you given a lot of thought to what gifts you will be giving to others?
It dawned on me that I might not be preparing the right gifts for the right people this holiday season. Oh sure - I took great care in selecting something special for my mother, my sister, and my son and his fiance. I even went the extra mile to get my granddaughter something special from her wish list. But what about my husband? I always struggle to find just the right thing for him...
A Spiritual Tug-O-War
God's Word declares 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).
This Christmas can be the perfect time to ask God for BIG things in your marriage! Are you ready for His answer?
1. Remind God of His faithfulness to you and your marriage...
God's word does not return void. (Isaiah 55:11) Prayers on behalf of your spouse will bear fruit. As the persistent widow cried out day and night - so too your pleas will not go unnoticed by God. Perseverance is key to bolstering your day to day faith walk. God rewards faith when it rests in His sovereignty. His timetable is not ours, and His ways are beyond our comprehension. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
No matter how much we want to receive the gift for our spouse - we simply cannot. It is entirely their choice to accept God's free gift of salvation, or to reject it. Remember, we want God to receive the most glory possible for your mate's conversion. God will orchestrate their circumstances in order to achieve His goal. God's Word declares we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)
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