Bible Ballistics: BBs #158 Thanksgiving Every Day!!!
I just have to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ Lord God Almighty for the wonderful rain that you have sent to restore our parched land. How often do we ask, and God hears and answers, and then we just forget to say ‘Thank You Jesus’ for all your abundant blessings. And ‘Thank YOU’ specifically for ‘this’ answered prayer. May this serve to remind you and me to live a life of gratitude to our Heavenly Father and the Precious Lord Jesus for not just ‘all your blessings’ we have received, but for rain, for breath, for health or strength or whatever the case may be. May we learn to be aware of God’s presence in all of our ways?
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6
Our dependence is to be on God—not ourselves, other men, the government, the weatherman, but completely on God!!! Why? HE IS the creator and sustainer of all. God the Father, and the Son Jesus Christ, who is not only our Lord and Savior but also HE:
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:14-17
Jesus is God (see John 1:1-5) and we are to thank HIM for all, we are to thank God the Father, and even His precious Holy Spirit—who indwells and puts up with our stubborn humanity (that is, our flesh); remembering that “by him all things consist”!!! Did you get that? All things are held together by our Lord Jesus Christ—one with His Father—who is holding the whole world in HIS hands!
And so, we should be grateful to God because it is “He who hath made us and not we ourselves”—not only in creation and our spiritual new birth but also our daily living. We are in His hands and we can trust Him, but we also need to ‘Thank’ Him!!! He does send the ‘rain on the just and the unjust’!
And as James reminds us:
“Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:16-17
And just a reminder, Jesus is the light of the world:
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:4-5
So??? Here’s our shot for today.
Let’s remember that Jesus is the light.
Let’s remember that His light is in us who are saved.
Let’s remember to keep that attitude of gratitude.
So??? Shine that ‘attitude of gratitude’ for Jesus:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16