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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 30

Let Us Thank The Lord For His Forgiveness When We Fail To Recognize His Great Blessings

Ps 106:1-2 (KJV)   …  Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 30)

“O Give Thanks Unto The Lord (3)”

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psa 106:1-2

Ps 106:1-2 (KJV)   …  Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?

In our last devotional of this series, we will end with these two questions….
“Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?”  
“who can shew forth all his praise?”

Over the past month, as we have thought on a few of the multitude of ways that our Lord deserves our thanks…it all boils down to this one issue.  After all is said and done, we cannot begin to really appreciate, nor thank, our Lord as we should.  This theme is repeated again and again by the Psalmist in a variety of contexts…

Ps 40:5 (KJV)  Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.

Ps 71:15 (KJV)  My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness [and] thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof].

Ps 139:17-18 (KJV) How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  [If] I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

King David understood the dilemma that we face…. we serve a Lord that is so kind, loving, gracious and merciful that He is CONSTANTLY blessing us.  Every breath we take, every flower that we may see, every second we are not in the Lake of Fire, is a miraculous blessing from our Lord…. How can we begin to recognize all of them and then give Him the appropriate praise?  All we can do is fall upon our knees and ask the Lord forgiveness for failing miserably to recognize His continuous displays of tender love He has shown towards us.

Let us all come before our God and thank Him for the forgiveness that He grants to us as we fail to appreciate all His gracious workings.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 29)

“O Give Thanks Unto The Lord (2)”

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psa 106:1-2

 

Ps 106:1-2 (KJV)   … for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever….

In our last devotional we saw the need to give our Lord all the praise and thanks for what He has so graciously done for us.  In this morning’s devotional, I would like us to emphasize why we are to praise and thank Him.  It is because He has been so good and merciful to us….

 for [he is] good:
Our Lord is good in many different ways.  He is morally good; it is beneficial to us to be acquainted with Him; and He loves His people, cares for them and graciously works in their midst. He gives us many blessings that we do not deserve. What a blessing it is for us to be able to serve a kind, loving God.  Think of what life would be like if we served a tyrannical God.  He would be only concerned about Himself, all the while enslaving us to His servitude.

for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Our Lord is not only good, but He is merciful as well.  He withholds from His people much harm that they rightfully deserve.  The perfect example of this is His withholding judgment from us.  We all are sinners deserving of eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire; but God, through the work of Christ has withheld that judgment from us.

God’s mercy and goodness are very much related….
He shows us His MERCY when He withholds from us harmful things that we deserve.
He shows us His GOODNESS when He gives to us beneficial things that we do not deserve.

In our devotional series this month, we have seen a variety of ways in which the Lord shows Himself to be both a merciful and good God.  As we look back upon our life, we can see an innumerable number of displays of His kindness to us.  Also keep in mind, many times, He intervenes and shows His kindnesses to us without our recognition.   For example, keeping us from an auto accident by delaying our departure, or causing our immune system to destroy harmful bacteria with which we have unknowingly come into contact.   These are just two of a multitudes of possible ways that He can be showing us daily blessings.

Let us be thankful to our Lord for both His goodness and His mercy…. Every blessing we receive from Him flow to us because He is a good and merciful God.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 28

Lets Praise and Thank The Lord Everyday For What He Has Done For Us

Ps 106:1  Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD;…

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 28)

“O Give Thanks Unto The Lord (1)”

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psa 106:1-2

 

Ps 106:1-2 (KJV)   Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.  Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? [who] can shew forth all his praise?

As we complete our series on thankfulness to the Lord, I am trusting that we have a better understanding of what Psa 106:1-2 is teaching us…

Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD;…”
As the people of God, we have the responsibility to both “praise” and “thank” the Lord.  What do we mean by these terms?

“Praise” – When the Bible speaks about “praising” the Lord it is describing our responsibility to make Him “shine” in the eyes of others.  It is the idea of making the Lord look attractive to others, to point their attention to Him and to come to a better understanding of Him.
One of the easiest ways for us to accomplish this is by telling others what He has done for us.  When we do this we are not only telling others about His actions, but we are telling them much about Him as a person…. It shows others He is gracious, kind, loving, all-powerful, just (the list goes on and on).

“Thank” – If you remember from our first devotional in this series we saw that to thank the Lord involved three ideas… acknowledging our need of Him; we are pointing the attention to Him; and sending out our message of His goodness to us.
If you notice the idea of thanking Him is very similar to praising Him and rightfully so.  When we thank the Lord in the way that we should, it will certainly bring praise to Him.  Likewise, one aspect of praising the Lord is showing our appreciation for all He has done for us.   When we understand this principle, it is easy to see why the psalmist linked these two ideas together in Psa 106:1-2.

Over this past month we have been keeping our hearts and minds centered on thoughts of appreciation and gratefulness to the Lord.  Hopefully, throughout the month, we have been motivated to share with others truths about who He is and what He has done for us.  In doing so, we have been fulfilling our call to bring offerings of thanksgiving to Him resulting in Him being praised.

As our devotional series comes to a close over the next few days… lets continue on with thoughts of thankfulness towards the Lord and sharing these thoughts with others.  By doing this we will be continuously bring praise and honor to Him who has done so very much for us.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 27

Lets Thank The Lord For The Promise That We Will Be Reunited With Our Saved Loved Ones Who Have Gone On Before Us

1Thess 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 27)

“Concerning Them Which Are Asleep, That Ye Sorrow Not, Even As Others Which Have No Hope.

SIH’s Think On These Things: 1 Thess 4:13-18

 

Paul, as he was led by the Holy Spirit of God, wrote comforting words for any of God’s people who are suffering from the death of a saved loved one.  His message of comfort is found in 1Thess 4:13-18 …

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
Christians can be comforted in the death of a beloved saint.  Great hope can be had by those who are missing a saved loved one.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
As followers of Christ, we believe that Christ arose from the tomb after three days and nights.  If Christ arose as an act of the power of God (Acts 2:24), this is proof that the resurrection of the saints is possible as well.  Also, since the Word of God clearly promises that the saved shall be raised (Matt 24:31, Phil 3:20-21 etc), there should be no doubt on behalf of His people of the future resurrection of the saints who have gone on before us.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
Paul then reminds us that whether our body is in the grave or still alive on the earth, we will all be taken by Christ at His coming.  This wonderful promise of the resurrection and the following glorification of the saint’s body applies to all of God’s people.

and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
At the time of His return, He will return with the spirit of those saints that have passed away.  At that time, these spirits will be reunited with their (now glorified) bodies. If we are alive when His return takes place, we will be taken to be with Him and it will be at this time that we will be reunited with our loved ones.  If we pass away before His coming we will be reunited with the spirits of our loved ones in heaven at the time of our death (when our spirits leave our bodies and ascend to heaven).  Not only will we be reunited with those who know and love but we will also be united with the many saints of the Old and New Testament as well as all of the members of our spiritual family.  What a wonderful blessing that will be!

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
As Christians, we find great comfort in this promise from God’s Word.

Let’s say thanks to our Lord for the wonderful promise of being reunited with deceased loved ones and the great saints of old that we have come to love through the pages of His Word.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text ….. Day 26

Let Us Thank The Lord For Giving Us An Eternity Not Affected By Sin’s Curse.

Rev 22:3
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 26)

And There Shall Be No More Curse: But The Throne Of God And Of The Lamb Shall Be In It

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rev 22:3

 

Rev 22:3
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
What a wonderful thought!  When we enter eternity there will be no more curse, nor effects of sin in the world.   What will complete the empty space left by the absence of sin? The very presence of God and His Son, the Lamb, and our service to Him that is what will fill this void.  Can you imagine what the new earth will be like filled with the glory of God and the Son and all its activity be centered on perfect constant attention to God alone?

This type of existence is described elsewhere in Revelation…

Rev 7:14-17  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
What a day that will be!  To have the sinful actions of this world replaced by perfect submission to His will. Sickness, sorrow and death will be wiped away by the touch of the Lord’s hand.  Our labor under a hot sun fighting with weeds and thistles to procure food for our existence is now replaced by no longer hungering or thirsting nor fighting the physical results of sin in the world.  Satan’s walking to and fro seeking to devour us replaced by the very presence and glory of God Himself, lighting this new world.

But how is it possible for us to receive such great blessings from God?  We have this question answered in Gal 3:10-13…

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.  And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
It is through the work of Christ on the cross, that the curse of sin will be lifted for us throughout our eternity.  He is the One that took the curse upon Himself so that we might be liberated from that curse.  To do this, He became a curse by being falsely accused and hung on the cross receiving the wrath of God for our sins which he bear.
Let us thank the Lord for the total absolute deliverance from the curse of sin which is awaiting us in eternity.  And let us not forget to thank Him for His work on the cross, the basis of our deliverance from this curse.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text… Day 25

Let Us Thank The Lord For The Promise Of Receiving Glorified Bodies At His Second Coming

(Phil 3:20-21)…. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 25)

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed

SIH’s Think On These Things: I Cor 15:50-54

 

Our Lord promises that He will change our fleshly, sinful body into a wondrous, glorified, spiritual body which will be a part of our eternal inheritance.  This great change will take place through the Almighty power of a Sovereign God (Phil 3:20-21)…. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

What a blessing it will be to leave our sin nature, our sicknesses, our pains and death behind us as we cross over into the eternity that awaits us… (1Cor 15:50-54)…

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Each of the bodies of God’s people must undergo a change before we enter our eternal state.  It is impossible for our sinful, fallen flesh to enter into His kingdom. Likewise that which is capable of decay and ruin cannot enjoy a never ending eternity with Him.

Behold, I shew you a mystery;
Paul is about to teach us a truth that is not generally known by mankind.  Only God’s people can begin to understand the true meaning of these teachings.

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The Christian’s body will undergo this great change, whether the Christian experiences death or if they are alive at the second coming.  It will happen quickly, at the very instant of Christ’s coming.  For those bodies in the grave, they will come forth; for those who are yet alive, they will be changed and taken up at His coming.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.
There are two basic aspects to this change that will take place…
First, our bodies, which are able to be damaged and worsen in condition (as the result of sin, sickness, and the aging process), will no longer gradually degrade and age leading to its death.
Secondly, our bodies, which are capable of dying, will no longer be under the bonds of death.  Death will no longer affect these new bodies that we will possess.
Our new bodies will be capable of living eternally in their optimal condition without reduction or damage over time.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
When we have received our glorified bodies death will be defeated.  Physical death will no longer have a claim on our body, while spiritual death and the effects of sin will no longer be able to touch and corrupt these new bodies.

Let us thank Him today for the knowledge that we will not be eternally bound to the sufferings of these fleshly bodies, but will someday, enjoy liberty over our corruptible flesh and, even, death itself.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 24

Let Us Thank Our Lord For The Eternal Dwelling he Has Prepared For Us

John 14:1-4 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 24)

I Go To Prepare A Place For You.

SIH’s Think On These Things: John 14:1-4

 

The Lord promises His people many blessings throughout eternity…

1. being reunited with our saved loved ones (1 Thess 4:13-18);
2. living in the presence of God (1 John 3:1-3, Rev 21:3);
3. removed from the presence of sin (Rev 22:14-15);
4. many benefits from possessing glorified bodies (Rev 21:4);   the list is endless.

Another of the eternal blessings that He promises to us is a wonderful dwelling place made especially for us in John 14:1-4 (KJV)…

Let not your heart be troubled:
The Lord reveals to us what our future eternity holds to be an encouragement and comfort to us.

ye believe in God, believe also in me.
If we have placed our faith in Jehovah God, then since He is God, we should be trusting in Him as well.  This means His promises to us must be true because God cannot lie (which emphasizes the truthfulness of His promises.)

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you.
Where His Father lives, there are many dwelling places.  He would not tell us this if it was not so.  Once again the Lord emphasizes the truthfulness of what He is telling to us.  Why?  He realizes that these great and precious truths about our eternity are very hard for us to believe, they are beyond our human understanding and imagination.

I go to prepare a place for you.
The Lord promises us that He is going to create a dwelling place especially for us.  Just like when He died on the cross, he did it for each of His people individually (John 10:3,14; 1 Cor 8:3; 2 Tim 2:19), so too, His creation of our eternal dwelling places.  What a wondrous thought….  The Sovereign Creator of this world loves us so much that He makes for us a personalized dwelling place to live with Him throughout eternity! (Rev 21:10-23)

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
His preparation of a dwelling place guarantees to us that He will come to take us home to be with Him someday. If this were not so, He would be preparing a personalized dwelling place for us that would not be needed.  He NEVER does anything uselessly or without reason.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
He had clearly told us that He would arise and then ascend to be with the Father (John 6:61-62)… we have the account of this event in Acts 1:.  Also, we have clear instructions on the way He has prepared for us to enter into His dwelling place…

John 6:35-40 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

May we all take time today to thank the Lord for the wonderful, eternal dwelling place he has prepared for us and for His grace in preparing for us the way to our eternal home.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text …. Day 23

Let Us Thank The Lord For His Local Churches

Matt 18:20 (KJV)  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 23)

“There Am I In The Midst Of Them.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 18:20

 

 

 Originally, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given the privilege of fellowship with Jehovah, their Creator (Gen 2:8-25 Gen 3:8-10).  Based upon their rebellion and disobedience their relationship with God was ruptured resulting in their separation from Him (Gen 3:22-24).   But God has graciously allowed sinful mankind to once again enter into eternal communion with Him.  (1 Thess 2:19, Rev 21:3-5)

This restored communion with God is given to man through faith in Christ and His death on the cross.   According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.(Eph 3:11-12).  Every Christian enjoys renewed fellowship and communion with God as members of His spiritual family. (Eph 2:14-18).

Throughout God’s Word, His earthly worship is shown to be a very important aspect of our renewed fellowship.  This aspect of fellowship is illustrated for us in the book of Job, where we find forgiven men who have been adopted into God’s family being allowed into the presence of God…. Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.In this text, they were entering God’s presence during an earthly worship meeting, with Satan entering in among them (as he was seeking whom he may devour – 1 Pet 5:8, in this it would be Job).   This same principle is presented to us in Matt 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

In Col 3:16, a typical worship service is described…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.In this text, we find the three essential elements to worship (and commune with God) put on display: the Word being received into our hearts, the sharing of His truths with others through teaching and singing, and the prayerful attitude of the heart seeking His grace.

Let us come before our Lord today, thanking Him for allowing us to regain our fellowship with God through faith in Him.  But especially, let’s thank Him for the Biblical assemblies of worship that continue to exist on earth.  For it is through these churches that we can enter into a special level of communion with Him as we await the ultimate experience of fellowship with Him… eternity in New Jerusalem.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 21)

To Bring Out The Prisoners From The Prison

SIH’s Think On These Things: Eph 4:7-10

 

Eph 4:7-10 (KJV)  7) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.8) Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  9) (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  10) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Our Lord is the originator of all the freedoms that we possess (John 8:36).  He is active in deliverance from governmental oppression and tyranny as is illustrated by the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian enslavement (Exo 3:18). One of the greatest blessings that Americans possess is the blessing of liberty from governmental domination. It is based upon these liberties that we can worship our Lord freely, serve Him publically, and proclaim His truth to any that will hear.

Even though the blessing of independence from governmental oppression is great, there is a far greater type of freedom that the Lord has granted to us.  This is freedom from spiritual blindness and enslavement which is granted by the grace and intervention of God.  It is brought to fallen man through the ministry of His people (Isa 42:5-8).   It is through our ministry that those who are in sin’s grip can find release and eternal freedom (2 Tim 2:24-26).  It is through the work of Christ on the cross that we are no longer the captives of Satan and sin but are now placed under the authority of Christ…

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Every gift that we receive from God, including our freedom from governmental oppression and sin’s enslavement flows through Christ, God’s ultimate gift to mankind.

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” 
When Christ entered the presence of God (during the time period that His body was in the tomb three days and three nights) He intervened on behalf of those for whom He died.  Based upon His newly shed blood, He interceded for us, removing us from sin’s bondage and placing us under His divine authority as Lord of our lives (led captivity captive).  He also opened up the gateway for many other blessings of salvation to flow to us (gave gifts unto men).

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
For Christ’s spirit to ascended to be with God, His physical body must first die on the cross and be buried in the tomb (he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth).

He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Lest we think that the Jesus that was crucified was not the Messiah and our Savior, we need to remember that this same Lord died, then ascended to the Father immediately following His death.  It is at this time, that we are given undeniable proof He is the true Messiah… His heavenly Father accepted Him and He finalized His completed work that was done on our behalf.

Let us all thank our Lord for the national freedoms that we continue to enjoy.  But beyond that, let us thank Him for His saving work on the cross that supplied to us eternal spiritual freedom.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month Of Thankfulness” Text … Day 20

Let Us Thank Our Lord For The Trials We Face

Rom 5:1-5 (KJV)  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 20)

But We Glory in Tribulations Also

SIH’s Think On These Things: Rom 5:1-5

 

Rom 5:1-5 (KJV)
1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3) And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
 

Our Lord gave us very important instructions that apply to all of His people. We find the text of His message in Luke 14:25-33.  In this section of Scripture he explains the great sacrifice that is needed to be made by those who desire to be followers of Him.  He emphasizes the need for sacrifice by telling us… whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” 

The Word goes further in explaining to us that when we face trials during the course of helping others it is a blessing that glorifies God and will reap rewards on our behalf (Phil 2:16-18, 1 Pet 1:6-9, 1Pet 4:12-16).  However, perhaps one of the greatest immediate benefits we receive through trials is the enhancement of our spiritual maturation (Roms 5:1)…

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Through God’s grace, our exercise of faith brings about our justification, peace with God and hope of sharing eternal glory with God.

And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also:
The eternal benefits of our salvation should not only be linked to our praise and thankfulness but should also be linked to the trials that we face during the course of our earthly walk for Him

knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Why are we to be thankful for the tribulations we are called upon to face?  It is because these same trials strength and encourage our growth in the faith.  Trials develop the graces of patience, experience and hope.  All three of these are vital graces for victorious Christian living.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We will never be disappointed due to unrealized Scripture-based hopes because the Lord, as a loving God, always keeps His promises to us.

May we all thank the Lord for the many, varied trials that we face during the course of our lifetimes.  As difficult as they are for us to go through, their benefits are numerous and profitable for all of God’s people.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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“A Month of Thankfulness” Text … Day 19

Let Us Thank The Lord For The Physical and Mental Health That He Has Given To Us.

Isa 53:4-9  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.

“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 19)

With His Stripes We Are Healed.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isa 53:4-9

 

Isa 53:4-9 (KJV)  4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5) But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.

 What a blessing it is for us to enjoy the physical and mental health that our Lord has so graciously given to us.  My Father used to always tell me that no matter how our health may be failing us… “Just look around, there is ALWAYS somebody worse off than us.”  Over the course of my life, I have found this to be a very true statement. We all have a certain degree of mental and physical health to enjoy, and therefore, we all owe the Lord thanks for the health that we have been given.

 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The blessings that we receive in this life, and the next, all flow through the work of Jesus on the cross.  Some of these blessings include the eradication of: the calamities of life, the physical and emotional pains of life, our sins, the judgment of our sins, as well as our physical sicknesses and afflictions.
His death is an absolute victory, therefore, everything in the above list will be done away totally when we enter into eternity (Rev 21:1-8).  But for now, while we are yet in our sinful flesh, every one of them still affects us and remains in our presence.  We still face calamities, pains of life, sin, chastening for sin, and physical sicknesses.  But we can rest assured, through the death of Christ, perfect, absolute, salvation from all these issues will take place in eternity.
Based upon the Lord’s sovereign will, and the work of Christ on the cross, He controls our physical and mental ills that we face.  He can choose to remove any given health issue but He does not promise He will remove every physical issue before eternity (Matt 4:23-25). Likewise there are times that He chooses to allow the affliction to remain upon us for His glory and our good (2 Cor 12:1-9).
Also we need to consider how often He sovereignly withholds a health issue from us, under which we would have otherwise suffered?  Every day, when we wake up and enjoy any level of heath, we should be a time of thanksgiving to God for the life and health He has given to us.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Why did He have to come and die?  It was because of the presence of sin in the world.  It was because of OUR sin that He suffered so brutally and died.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
In these verses we have a description of the great sacrifice He made on behalf of His people so that we might be saved.

Folks, with thankful hearts lets honor Him today for the health He has given to us.  And, most importantly, let’s thank Him for the great sacrifice He made on our behalf securing for us the eternal deliverance from our afflictions.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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