This is an urgent message for the church.
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.”
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created,” James 1:13-18 (NIV).
As I was deep in prayer recently, the LORD gave me a vision of gifts falling from the heavens.
It was so beautiful, as I could see Jesus tossing gift after gift down to the people on earth! These were wrapped as lovely presents in boxes with gift wrap and bows, all different sizes.
I noticed that as people were catching them, they were reacting in different ways. Some were catching the gifts and opening them, but then I saw a dissatisfied expression on their faces, and they were saying, “This doesn’t fit!”
These people were rejecting the gifts as though they were not the gifts they had wanted!
Most people were excited to catch the gifts and had expressions of true delight on their faces!
They seemed so happy to catch and receive such beautifully wrapped gifts and made a great deal of excitement over how they looked, but I realized they weren’t opening the gifts.
They were just holding these unopened presents, satisfied with the pretty packaging, but not knowing what they held and never looking to see what was inside!
There were some who opened and fully embraced the gifts they received. These were full of joy and were sharing with everyone what they had!
I was impressed in the spirit that this is what’s happening in the church; the gifts are being abundantly poured out on the body of Christ, but individuals must CATCH and RECEIVE the gifts of God, and OPEN them!
These gifts are many and abundantly given by the Father to us who believe in Him. They are love, faith, prophecy, various tongues and interpretations, exposing lies from truth (discernment), healing, anointing of all kinds; food for the spirit, instead of longings of the soul (desires for ‘soulish’ things).
These ‘Engagement Party’ gifts for the Bride of Christ are special and essential for actually being ENGAGED with Christ!
He showed me more gifts – wonderment of the King, amazement at miracles, signs, and wonders; TRUTH and JUSTICE, caring for widows and orphans, replacing the old with the new things of God; deeper revelation for truth and discovery – uncovering the mysteries of Him!
These are ALL from the FATHER on HIGH and MUST BE PICKED UP and OPENED and WORN!
TRY them ON! The CLOTHING of RIGHTEOUSNESS – BRAND NEW; never before worn by anyone else, each having their own portion of LIGHT and LOVE in Revelation and Righteousness! Make MERRY and BEHOLD HIM in it!
These gifts are far too many to name, but all of them must be received in order to accomplish the tasks for which each was designed. Go ahead! Try them on!
GRACE & MERCY cover it all!
Do not hold back from Me, says the LORD, for I have not held back from you any good thing!
Yet, I have held back My wrath, but not forever. For this is the time I set for REWARD and I will not betray it, neither will I slow it for those who do not respond.
These are appointed, and so must be made URGENT and given notice by you, in order to fulfill the times.
The LORD then led me to the following scripture warning against neglecting the gift and truth of salvation:
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
It was declared at first by the LORD, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will, (Hebrews 2:1-4).
The LORD is speaking to the church to look to Him and watch for what He is giving us to accomplish BY His Hand and BY His Gifts to us!
He is desiring our partnership with Him in the work of these last days in pointing others toward His GOODNESS, so that they may know and be with Him always.
If we do not grab hold of the gifts and try them on, wear them for the world to see, sharing with everyone, then we are not fulfilling our call to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Look up and see your gifts! Ask what He has for you and receive with all readiness to engage with Him now!
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 (ESV).
With Love and Belief,
~ Jill Steele
Jill Steele. Truly, it’s not ‘About Me’, but has always been about Him. I am a grateful, willing vessel, broken to be used.
My passion comes alive in writing, offering encouragement, sharing perspective on life, and pointing others in the direction of the Heavenly Father.
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