Wednesday, December 18 2013
As Christmas approaches, we frantically wade into the crowds at the mall to find that gift that our kids will love. The faces of our children light up as they tear open the wrapping paper and the gift is revealed. The old saying, "It is better to give than receive" does not matter to a child. It really is, "what can you do for me?"
As we age, our satisfaction comes from giving gifts to our children, but often times our hands are still out to God to receive. Our Heavenly Father wants to give...
Matthew 7:9-11 KJV
 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
...but our relationship should not be about receiving, but giving to God. He has already given to us His life.
Romans 5:8 KJV
 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God is the creator, owns a cattle on a thousand hills and is omnipotent, but we can give back to God by "blessing" Him. It is amazing that we as mere mortals can give something to God.
Psalm 34:1 KJV
 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
We can bless God through our praise and worship. When we give all of us to all of Him, He is blessed. When our relationship with God changes from receiving to giving, God will be our deliverer.
Psalm 34:4 KJV
 I sought the Lord , and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
The Chistmas season is a great time of year. We love receiving and giving. In our relationship with God, we need to concentrate more on giving than receiving. If we pray with wish list rather than praise, we may struggle. If we bless God than we are promised the blessings of God.