For my family Christmas gathering “lesson” this year, I chose the theme of “The Gifts Jesus has for Us”. I gave each person a gift bag with items pictured above. As I had them pull each item from their gift bag, I read the matching verses below. May the truth of these gifts impress upon your heart God’s love and provision. Selah!
Guardian Angel= Heb 1 the angels are all ministering spirits sent out of God for the assistance of those who are to inherit salvation. Mat 4 He will give His angels charge over you, and they will carry you on their hands.
Crown =Gal 3 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith //John 1 He gave the authority (power, privilege & right) to become the children of God to those who believe in His name. //Rev 5 And You have made them a royal race and they shall reign as kings over the earth! //Rom 8 All creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
Signet Ring= A sign of authority and sonship. Hag 2 I make you [through the Messiah] My signet ring; for I have chosen you, says the Lord of hosts //Est 8 Writing which is in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no man can reverse.
Peace necklace= Psa 2 The Lord will bless His people with peace. //Isa 54 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue against you shall show to be wrong. This peace is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. //Phil 4 God’s peace shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ & being content with its earthly lot.
Gift boxes=1 Cor 12 To one is given a message of wisdom, and to another a word of knowledge; To another [wonder-working] faith & another extraordinary powers of healing; To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight etc. All these gifts are inspired by the same Holy Spirit //1 Pet 4 As each of you has received a gift of a particular spiritual talent, employ it for one another as befits] faithful stewards of the diverse gifts granted to Christians by God.
lil devil = Rev 12 woe to you people of the world, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” //James 4 Resist the devil and he will flee from you. //Isa 12 Everyone will stare at Satan and ask, “Can this be the one who shook the earth and the kingdoms of the world? //Gal 5 The Holy Spirit will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing what your evil nature wants you to. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.
Badge= Mat 28 Jesus said ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. //John 14 If anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will be able to do the things that I do. //Mark 16 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out spirits; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.
Candy bar = Psa 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Lighthouse/Holy Spirit= John 8 I am the Light of the world. //John 14 the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. //Mat 10 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure the lepers, and cast out spirits. Give as freely as you have received! //Zec 4 Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.
Added to complete this writing:
Rock = Mat 7 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. //Psa 18 The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.
Gold = Prov 27 As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold [bring forth all the impurities of the metal], so let a man be in his trial of praise [ridding himself of all that is base or insincere; for a man is judged by what he praises and of what he boasts].
Key = Mat 16 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.
Trophy = 1 Cor 9 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.