God is generous. “My cup overflows.” The language of wealth in the New Testament is common for spiritual blessings. God’s power and all divine resources are freely available to us. We access them in Christ, where we have the privileges of family. Give glory to the heavenly Father!
Glory to God who feeds the sparrows, who clothes the flowers of the field, who knows the number of hairs on our heads! Praise the Lord for adding to us all good and necessary things in this life, besides our forgiveness of sins, our eternal hope, and our redemption in Christ! Exalt the Sovereign who causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous! God is good, God is great!
- Thanksgiving means that attention is directed toward God, who is the benevolent Giver of all good things. “All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change” Jas 1.17 NET. Continue reading
Occasionally, I have to sit down and take stock, remembering truths that ground me and blessings that lift me. Continue reading
To think that God puts us in charge of our time! Now that’s a thought for poetry.
It’s a “faithful and wise servant” who performs his tasks “at the proper time” Mt 24.45. Wisdom is recognizing the opportunities that appear in our days, Gl 6.10, and knowing how to make the best use of time, because the days are evil, Ep 5.15-17. This wisdom in the use of time is often directed toward winning those outside of Christ, Cl 4.5. Continue reading
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. This acrostic psalm exalts God’s law. It uses many synonyms — word, precept, testimony, commandment, etc. — to describe its greatness. It is not by chance that the psalm begins with a blessing upon those who obey it.
How blessed are those whose actions are blameless,
who obey the law of the Lord.
Psalm 119.1 NET
Moses understood how great was the blessing of the people of Israel, contained in the divine law. “And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this whole law that I am about to share with you today? Deuteronomy 4.8. The law was a sign of God’s blessing, and not (as many denominations insist) a burden. Only when the people tried to make the law a proof of their goodness before God did it become an unbearable weight, as Peter said in Acts 15.10-11.
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The book of Revelation opened with a blessing upon the reader and the hearer of the book. Now, it ends with a blessing upon those who obey its words. It is the one and same blessing.
“Look! I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of the prophecy in this book.”
Revelation 22:7 NIRV* Continue reading
If you were released from a prison on a Monday, how would that Monday be for you? If you got a promotion and a raise on a Monday, how would that Monday feel to you? If you bagged a 10-point buck on a Monday, what kind of Monday would that be for you? If you won a shopping spree at a mall on a Monday, how nice would that Monday make you feel? If you were given a new car on a Monday, would that Monday be special to you? If you got married on a Monday, would you be excited on that Monday?
God has given you life, blessing, opportunity, health, family, work, food, sunshine, joy, peace, hope, love, salvation — you make your own list that fits your situation — on this Monday, right now, today, so why are you complaining about it being a Monday?
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good and his loyal love endures!” Psalm 118:29 NET
Thanksgiving is not a major economic holiday in terms of retail sales. Because he who gives thanks for what he has, forgets his wants.
The counting of blessings precludes the making of wish lists.
Gratitude enumerates what has been received, not what is yet to come. Continue reading