James 1:16-17 – Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

The core of deception is rooted in keeping us from the intent of God the Father. He intends good for our lives and He wants to give us gifts, for this is His nature.

False religion is driven by so-called deities that demand obedience in some way that is tied to our flesh. The God of heaven enjoys obedience that comes from a willing heart, motivated by the love which God the Father has lavished upon His creation. Life itself came from Him. As I look out on the beauty of large oak trees, a small lake filled with fish and other living creatures, I am reminded of His love for me. When I look up into the heavens and see the multitude of stars that no man can number, I am taken back by the fact that my Creator knows who I am and loved me enough to become like me in human form. He chose to die on a lonely tree that I might be restored to Him. Even in death He reigned and took from the evil one the keys of death and hell (Revelation 1:8). In His resurrection; He gave gifts to mankind (Ephesians 4:8). The greatest of His gifts was His own Holy Spirit to indwell me and minister the Father’s love to me. Of course, I will serve and obey Him! How could I do any less, seeing all He has done for me?

Today, stop and give thanks that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights and they belong to you. Especially, thank Him for the Holy Spirit whom He freely gave to us through the great sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.