God gives us all… certain Gifts… generalized to most ….special to many, and unique to some number of others. As an example: I know that God has blessed me, to “some degree,” with a gift with words …not to mention many other Gifts. I work hard at utilizing that Gift for His honor and Glory, for fear that I might lose it through misuse, or abuse, thereby forfeiting it.
So it is in everyday life; business, and spiritual endeavors. If we fail to utilize our skills (God’s gifts) we will lose them through forfeiture. Some of us may play the blame game, as to whose fault it might be. Job, for an example, had a tendency to blame God…saying the Lord gives and the Lord takes. BULL! God will not take from us any gift of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, self-control, love, and fear of the Lord), but if we commit serious sin, we are deprived by our own poor choices; as was Adam and Eve, who were expelled from the Garden, to live off the soil; as was Moses who disobeyed God; as was King David, who lost his first son by Bathsheba…and many others.
We all have choices to make; even Lucifer, Job, and even did David, who despite his failures, considered God’s goodness… and that God was not the cause of his pain and loss. So David stood (1 Samuel 30:6) strengthened and eventually prevailed. Remember it is satan that is in the DETAILS.
Have we counted those GIFTS-FROM-HEAVEN lately? Have we thanked God for those Gifts lately? We all …have a choice to use our “GOD-GIVEN-GIFTS” …wisely, or not – to lose, or to gain. John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”