Encouragement

3 Gifts God Has Given Today’s Christians

February 28, 2014

It can be easy to lose focus on the Lord sometimes; when trials and problems come our way. We panic and wonder just where God is when we’re hurting, and how in the world we’re going to get through this all on our own. But the good news is, Christians are never truly alone, though it can still be hard to stay focused on God in times of trouble and pain. God has made many promises to Christians in his Word, the Bible.

Many of those promises are for the future, eternal life in a home he has prepared for them. (John 14:2b). But God has also promised the believer special gifts for today, gifts that help provide comfort and relief in times of trouble, and encouragement for when they need it the most.

Here are three of those gifts.

1. The Word of God

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4

Just as our bodies need physical food and water for survival, the believer’s soul needs the word of God for nourishment. Where there is an absence of the Word, the people perish.

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
I Samuel 3:1

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
Amos 8:11-13

The Bible is incredibly important. There are many areas of the world where the Word of God is nearly non-existent. Believers need to get the Word of God out to this sinful, lost & dying world. God’s word isn’t just for the lost, Christians also need that spiritual nourishment that is provided within it’s pages, each and every day, just like food.

We also need the Word in order to learn from God:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 19:7-8

2. The Holy Spirit

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:16-17, 26

Not only is the Holy Ghost a comforter to Christians, but they also receive instruction the Holy Spirit. That “unction” referred to in the next few passages is referring to an anointing (the Holy Spirit’s anointing of believers).

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
I Corinthians 2:12-13

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
I John 2:20

The Holy Spirit gives believers power to preach.

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
I Peter 1:12

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:31

The Holy Ghost also seals the believer, making their salvation sure.

Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
II Corinthians 1:22

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:13-14

3. The Church (Local)

God has given Christians a local assembly of other believers that they can depend on, that they can lean on during hard times or when encouragement is needed.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
And if they were all one member, where were the body?
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
I Corinthians 12:12-27

So Christians need each other, whether they think they do or not, God says the members in churches need each other.

They can also find guidance and counsel within the church.

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Proverbs 15:22-23

They can also get help with burdens from other believers.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Galatians 5:13-14

These are 3 powerful tools that believers have at their disposal right now.

Are you taking advantage of these amazing gifts?

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