Today we will move from praise into thanksgiving. We should not only bless the Lord, but our attitude should be one of gratitude. We have so very much to be thankful for and we should give thanks to God on a daily basis.
When we thank God,we are not only blessing Him, but we are blessed as well. Think about your prayer time and reflect back on the times you spent purposefully thanking God. Usually you come away feeling better because you have spent your time focused on Him.
Physical blessings are one thing to thank the Lord for. It is okay to do this. As a matter of fact we should thank God for EVERY single physical blessing we have. Our homes, car, clothes, food, money, family, friends, job, gas for our car, electricity, appliances…and the list goes on and on. I think we have developed a mindset where we feel guilty when we thank Him for material or physical things. We should never feel guilty about anything that God has blessed us with.
Spiritual blessing are another thing we should thank the Lord for. Ephesians 1:3-14 is an excellent place to start:
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
An interesting point for us here is that in the Greek, this portion of Scripture is one long beautiful sentence. We are the Lord’s treasured possession! Just look at some of what is promised to us in this passage of Scripture. We are blessed in Christ with EVERY spiritual blessing, we were chosen before the world was formed, we are holy and blameless before Him, we have obtained an inheritance in Him. What a great God we serve!
God the Father bought us with the high price of His only Son’s Blood. We have so many spiritual blessings to be thankful for, but we do know that even if we did not have these tangible blessings, our salvation alone would be reason enough to thank Him profusely every day.
Another passage of Scripture I would like us to look at is from Psalm 103: 1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Take some time and meditate on these benefits of being His child. Sometimes I need to meditate on them everyday. Let The Lord crown you with love every morning. His steadfast love is from everlasting to everlasting for His children. No one else has this privilege. No one but God’s children have this kind of immovable and steadfast love toward them at all times! We have much to be thankful for!
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