I am trying to start Thankful Thursdays among my friends. How you can help:
- On Facebook, post about Thankful Thursday and share the ways that God has blessed you.
- On Twitter, use the hashtag: #thankfulthursday and share it with your followers.
- Thank the Lord today for all that He has done for you.
- Share your blessings here in the comments section about what God is doing in your life.
- Pray that this will encourage the Saints and reach the lost!
The Lord is worthy of all our praise and more.
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You” (Psalm 63:1-3).
At the risk of sounding cliche, I’d have to say my best Christmas is the one I’m currently enjoying, whether now or in the future. As I get older, I’m learning to enjoy every day of life as a blessing from God, with the challenge of using each day wisely & in His service. For the faithful Christian, the best day of his/her life is today, understanding that I am one step closer to eternal fellowship with my Lord and Savior, as well as the Father, Holy Spirit, angels, & all the faithful throughout the ages. Truly, as Paul stated, the Christian’s motto should be, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21)!
That said, several especially good Christmas seasons come to mind for me. One was 2001, when I proposed to my beloved on Christmas eve/day (I proposed right at midnight, so hard to say which day it was exactly). Then, in 2003, our first child, Joshua, arrived on December 9, so that was a special Christmas. Subsequently, our first Christmas with Levi in 2005, Rachel in 2007, & now Noah in 2010, will always be special memories for our family. God truly has blessed our family!
All of our ornaments are in a box in Tennessee, but there is one online that I liked.
The one word on it is, “Happy.”
During this holiday season we ought to thank God that we heard the Lord’s gospel and obeyed it. Jesus said, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it,” (Matthew 13:16-17 ESV).
There are so many people in the United States (and the world) who have heard the gospel, but have never truly heard it. That’s truly sad, because had they listened, they could have been saved from their sins.
We who obeyed the gospel have so much for which to live. We expect the redemption of our bodies. We look for a day when we’ll be taken to live with God forever. Like the verse in “Amazing Grace” describes, “When we’ve been there 10,000 years bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”
The “little ones” in my life is my congregation of loving and caring people who help me when I’m in financial straits. Conversely, I help them in preaching and teaching the sound gospel of Christ (or whatever else needs to be done). We help one another, and in so doing, both of us are richly blessed by the Lord.
How can the Lord say to Balak (through Balaam) that He saw no iniquity in Jacob when time and again he gets angry at their rebellion?
It is an interesting question, but one, I think, that is easily answered. Israel, as a nation, was blessed. The only one who can curse is the same one who blessed – in this case, God. No matter prophet is asked, no matter how “saintly” he may be, he can only do that which the Lord allows, and the Lord was not going to allow Israel to be cursed by a people whose interest was harm to God’s chosen.
This encourages us to note that what the Lord blessed (protects), no man or superhuman power can undo (cf. John 10:28-29). It was not a matter of there being no sin in Israel for it is abundantly clear that there was; it was a matter, however, that when the Lord is on the side of one (or many), He will “air” no dirty laundry, but to those who need washing.
Here is an illustration that most accept: my wife can look at me and note the many failures in my life as a husband, but only she can speak about them – she will let no one else speak of them; this is her love protecting me (and I need a lot a protection!).
The most unique part of life that God has blessed me with, is a sense of humor. Without it, I would have probably ended up in some mental institution long ago. I’m reminded of this humorous quote: “Don’t take [this] life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.”
Too many churches are ham-strung by staid traditions and somber formality, all in the guise of doing things decently and in order. But the truth is, there is nothing more indecent and out of order than a faith that measures piety by the length of the face. Jesus came preaching glad tidings, not bad news. Any gospel that makes one miserable instead of happy can’t be from Jesus. Jesus said of his commands, “Happy are you if you do them.” When we leave the impression that the only good Christian is a dismal Christian, is it any wonder we have such a hard time converting anyone? Jesus calls us to a celebration, not a cemetery; to a feast, not a funeral. Starched shirts rob the gospel of its joy until it is more of a farce than a force. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess
My favorite angelic appearance? When Gabriel appeared to Mary telling her about the blessed event that was to soon occur (Luke 1:26-38). We can plainly see Mary’s strong faith in vs. 38. She never doubted the angel’s proclamation.
Do I struggle w/facing death? No, because I know that if I’m faithful to the Lord (even in the face of death), these six things will happen to me when I die:
1) The angels will carry me into Abraham’s bosom, a place of blessed peace and tranquility (Luke 16:22).
2) The Lord will be with me when I walk through that valley (Psalm 23:4).
3) I’ll be with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; cf. 2 Timothy 4:6).
4) I’ll be blessed with rest from my labors (Revelation 14:13).
5) I’ll receive a victory crown (Revelation 2:10; cf. 2 Timothy 4:8).
6) I’ll receive my everlasting inheritance (1 Peter 1:4; cf. 1 Timothy 6:19).
Then I’ll live forever with the Lord (John 14:1-3), with God (Revelation 21:3), and the redeemed of all the ages (Revelation 5:9; Revelation 21:24).
If we are a faithful Christian, and we know these things, why should we have a struggle facing death?