God Contact: He Gives

By Barry Shafer | Posted Sept. 16, 2010 | September 15 2010

The Word

"I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you" (1 Corinthians 1:4-6).

"Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:13-15).

"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves" (Ephesians 1:4-6).

"Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you…" (Ephesians 3:2).

"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it" (Ephesians 4:7).

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The Backdrop

In the previous devotional (God Contact: He Sees) we discovered something about contact with God. When we have contact with God, we can count on experiencing at least one, if not all, of these things:

Thing 1: God Sees. He sees your predicament, your despair, your need.

Thing 2: God Gives. He gives you what you need—grace, gifts, forgiveness.

Thing 3: God Calls. He calls you to join Him in His mission.

The previous devotional focused on Thing 1. For now we'll focus on Thing 2: God gives.

The What

Do This:
Whenever God repeats a word or phrase in Scripture, it's His way of stressing that something important is going on, something He wants you to notice. That's why it's a good habit to mark key words (which are often just repeated words) whenever you see them in the Bible. So, you may want to print this devotional (or at least the Scripture verses) and mark away.

As you read the passages below, don't miss the key word give (or related words such as given and gift). Circle these words as you read, but see if you notice another repeated word closely connected to give.

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