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THE GIFT THAT NEVER STOPS GIVING

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Sermon shared by Kenneth Trent

December 2003
Summary: One internet search engine listed over 200,000 items that included the phrase: “the gift that never stops giving”! No material or earthly gift that man can give will last forever.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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go on and on recalling God’s special gifts to us for some pressing need in our life. We can all give personal testimony to that truth. We praise Him that these "short-term gifts" that never stop giving until that particular need had been met. Oh! what a great and wonderful God we serve!


GOD’S GIFTS THAT NEVER STOP GIVING THROUGHOUT OUR LIFETIME:

1. Physical Life and the Blessings Associated Therewith.

Life, itself, is a gift from God:
“For in Him we live and move and have our being…” Acts 17:28.
Also, “Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalms 100:3 (NKJV)

2. Material Blessings are Good Gifts from God:
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

Let us give heed to the words of our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount:
"Therefore do not worry, saying, ’What shall we eat?’ or ’What shall we drink?’ or ’What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

3. Spiritual blessings that we enjoy in this earthly life.

One such blessing is the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all areas of our life.
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13 (NKJV)

The witness of the Spirit in our lives is another wonderful blessing:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:14-16. (NKJV)

Another blessing is the forgiveness of sin as we comply with the Scriptural instruction.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

Although there are many other blessings we experience in this life, we dare not fail to include the blessing of His constant companionship. Consider:
“…for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) and…
“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)


GOD’S GIFTS WHICH NEVER STOP GIVING THROUGHOUT ETERNITY:

The gifts that God gives that last for our lifetime are wonderful...and we praise Him for every one of them, but the gifts He gives that will continue throughout eternity are yet greater. Consider these:

1. The Gift of Eternal Life:
“… the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”(Romans 6:23)is cause for rejoicing.
Let us also rejoice at the word of our Savior:
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and
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