Every good and perfect gift is from above

Every good and perfect gift

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:6

God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. On what basis do I ask the Father to meet a particular need in my life? Simply this- He promised He would do so. The God whom we serve and love not only has the ability to meet every need we have, but He also has the integrity to keep His promises to us. Don’t focus on the need, focus on the Father.-Walking With God, Life Principle #11

I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

I am the culmination of all your hopes and desires. Before you knew Me, you expressed your longing for Me in hurtful ways. You were ever so vulnerable to the evil around you in the world. But now My Presence safely shields you, enfolding you in My loving arms. -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

As Christians we have several responsibilities when it comes to claiming promises and blessings from God and they are outlined in Psalm 37.

First we are responsible to rejoice in God and to walk in obedience on His path- regardless of circumstance, or the steep incline of the path. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4. 

Second, we are responsible to trust in God- to trust Him with our hopes, dreams, disappointments, and to know that all things work together for my good. “Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him” Psalm 37:5

Third, we are responsible to rest in God and to wait on God- to rely on His timing, to turn over our desire to control events or timelines, to just be still. This is my challenge and I have such a tremendous opportunity to learn this skill going on right now in my life. Thank you God that you’re walking the path with me and teaching me to rest, to trust, and to be still.  “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7

Lastly, we are responsible to guard our heart and thoughts against worry. It is our responsibility not to worry. We can’t simultaneously meet the first three responsibilities and still hold on selfishly to worry. If we give in to worry we sin because we are breaking our responsibility to rejoice in God and walk in obedience, to trust God, to rest in God and wait on God. “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret”  Psalm 37:8

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