Summary: The Gifts of God are free but they won't be of any value to the one who does not take them and apply them to his/her life.
God Offers the Best for Free
Sunday, July 24, 2011 – AM
By Pastor James May
The Spirit of God is calling out this morning. He is calling out to every man, woman and child in this world. God is reaching out, with open hands that are filled with good things; and it’s all for the taking. Every good gift that God offers is free; just there for us to take and apply to our own lives. Nothing that God has bears a price tag. The price has been paid in full by Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross.
But what good are the free gifts of God if we do not accept them for ourselves? If there were 50 $100 bills lying here on this altar and you could have as many as you wanted but you didn’t come to get them; what good would it do to offer them? Even better than that; there are free things offered at this altar that are far more valuable than $100 bills; in fact most of the gifts that God offers here are priceless. No amount of money, personal sacrifice, or payment of personal suffering and penance could ever pay for just one of God’s free gifts.
He offers salvation for the soul, healing for the body, soundness for the mind, joy for the heart, power for the weak, encouragement for the discouraged, happiness for the depressed; victory for the defeated; deliverance for those who are bound up inside and peace in the midst of life’s storms. These are all free gifts from God; free for the taking; free to apply to your own need.
But not one of these gifts will do any of us any good at all until we first learn to pick it up and apply it to our own need; at the moment we need it.
God wants to give his people all the good things in life. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Some of us here this morning have had Satan nearly succeed in his attempts to steal, kill and destroy, not just the things in this life, but our eternal souls as well. In fact, I can say this with full assurance of its truth – there is not one person here that Satan has not tried to destroy in every way possible.
He came against your body with diseases, sicknesses, addictions and weakness – but by the grace of God, and because of God’s limiting factor on Satan, you came through it victoriously.
The devil tried to destroy everything good in your life; stealing love for members of your own family, causing an uncaring, and even an attitude of hate sometimes toward the very ones you love the most.
Satan tried to destroy your very life; bringing things into your path that caused you to fall into temptation and sin that nearly killed you.
The devil then stole your joy, because real joy comes in knowing who you are, who you belong to, and where you are going. He stole that joy because you lost your identity with God, lost sight of the person that God intended for you to be, and all you could see was death and destruction in your path.
Satan took away hope; because when sin entered the picture, hope was lost, for there is no hope without Jesus in your heart.
Satan even took away your desire to live because everything that makes life worth living seems to be forever gone.
It’s time we quit swallowing the lies of the devil. It’s time we realize that every negative thought like those I’ve just mentioned, do not come from God, but from the very pits of hell. Satan never quits trying to steal, kill and destroy. But God never quits offering his free gifts of deliverance and salvation either. Satan’s “gifts” all carry a very large price tag; but all of God’s gifts are free. Just pick them up and use them freely!
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah who penned these words under the anointing of the Holy Ghost in Isaiah chapter 55.
Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
That word, “Ho” carries the meaning of a general call to attention. God is calling to every one of us right now to just listen to what he has to say.
If you’re thirsty – not for water, or a soda pop, but for something that will quench the feeling of dryness and emptiness in your very heart – then God says its time to come to the waters. No, there’s no bottles of water here that will quench that spiritual thirst; but there is the Word of God that waters the soul; and there is a River of living water flowing from the Throne of God that was paid for at calvary.