Third, the gift of righteousness empowers believers to reign in this life through the living word of God (Rom. 5:17). Accepting, embracing, and declaring the promises and principles outlined in Scripture – by faith – positions us to begin to overcome and reign over situations we may face daily.
Another important quality in God’s gifts is that each one brings us incrementally closer to wholeness as a person. Remember, it says every good and perfect gift comes from God. Here, the word perfect is translated from the Greek word “teleioo,” which means “complete.” “Perfect” in the Old Testament (Ps. 18:30) is translated from the Hebrew word “tamiym,” which means “entire, integrity, and truth.”
The word “entire” is defined as “whole; complete; not broken, damaged, or decayed, but intact.” Therefore, a perfect gift brings a person ever closer to wholeness by helping them to recover from personal wounds or brokenness, damaged emotions, or decayed thinking patterns.
Jesus said; you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matt. 5:48). Our Father in heaven wants us to be just like Him, complete and whole. He does not operate from a dysfunctional, unhealthy, or incomplete core. Unlike Him, no living person is exempt from being incomplete or suffering a lack of wholeness. Therefore, we all need God’s perfect gifts.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is a prime example of one of God’s perfect gifts. Working from within the believer the Holy Spirit is continually leading the believer into all truth (Jn. 16:13), showing us how to overcome our brokenness or leading us to someone who can help us overcome. At just the right time He releases another perfect gift, the gift of healing, which removes the intrusive cause of our pain and releases restoration to our weary souls (I Cor. 12:9).
In issuing every perfect gift God is seeking to gradually restore the believer to a place of spiritual, emotional, and psychological health so he can operate at a level of wholeness that brings Him glory. When something or someone is complete or entire they are whole and therefore can walk in integrity. Our personal spiritual and emotional wholeness fosters levels of integrity that glorify our heavenly Father.
One final trait resident in God’s gifts is that they always establish believers in His kingdom purposes and realities. We could say God’s gifts build a foundation for prosperity and success in the believer’s life. So many of us need that solid platform from which to launch out into the spiritual journey He has for us.
In Romans we see an excellent example of gifts which establish a foundation for a life of serving the Lord (Rom. 12:3-8). Here, we find seven gifts that contribute to defining the believer’s direction and the eventual unfolding of his destiny. Discovering which gifts operate and function within and through our lives and then developing and walking in those gifts will have very much to do with our spiritual success and fruitfulness.
Overall, every gift of God is good and perfect, specifically designed to fit exactly what each believer needs to be a disciple and successful follower of Jesus Christ. Every gift makes us a better person, brings about personal wholeness, and establishes us in the purposes of God.
In Christ Jesus all of God’s gifts, promises, and blessings are made available to every believer. We have only to believe, receive, unwrap, embrace, and clothe ourselves with the garments of our salvation (Isa. 61:10) and the goodness of God.
As we celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth this Christmas season, let’s thank our heavenly Father – who is the Greatest Giver of all – for sending His Son as the greatest and most perfect gift to mankind.