"THE PERFECT GIFT"
 
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:  James 1:17  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

We all like to receive gifts, but there is only one perfect gift that is available to us.  Our Father in Heaven knew exactly what we needed so He sent us a gift of light and eternal life.  His gift was called Jesus Christ, who was God's only begotten Son.  Jesus Christ is not just another philosophy of life, He is Life itself.  Nor is He a reflection of the light, He is the Light.  He is the good and perfect gift that came down from the Father of lights and John 1:4 says that He is the Light of all men.

 

Jesus never changes.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  There is no variation in His values or commands, for they have remained the same throughout all of the ages.  He does not change like a shadow that increases and decreases throughout the day.  If we want to know what He will do for us to today all we have to do is read the accounts of His life in the scriptures and see the things that He did when He was here on the Earth in His flesh.  Even though Jesus went back to Heaven, He sent the presence of the Holy Spirit back to Earth to be our Helper and to continue His work in our lives.  He still loves and forgives those in the deepest of sin.  He is still concerned for those who need a meal to eat.  He still has compassion for the diseased and mercy for the demon possessed.  He continues to be touched by every feeling that we have and still cries when we cry.  He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother and He will never let us down.  He is absolute truth and what He did in the past, He will do today. 

 

When we think about our lives today, we may wonder who we can trust and what we can believe, for we realize that life gives us no guarantees.  We know that at some point our friends and family may fail us and that we cannot rest in the security of our circumstances or trust in our positions.  Yet there is security that can be found and it is in the One who never changes.  We can be assured that Jesus will be there in every situation and cause all things to work together for our good.  In every situation, we must keep our eyes on Him and those things that are eternal.  We must make Jesus our hope of security and let go of everything in our life that is temporal.  As we hold on to the eternal, His life and His light will become our hope. +++



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