Thankfulness - Sunday, August 12th 2012

1 Timothy 4:4-5

"For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
NKJV

"God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food."

That prayer, often spoken by small children before they eat, may seem simple, yet thankfulness is something we often struggle with even as adults. How often have I stopped and thanked God for the air I breathe, the abilities I have, or the body I have been given? Of course, gratefulness does not just manifest itself in words but becomes part of our lives. When I truly understand the gifts God has given me, it leads me to a desire to serve Him. Then, as I meditate on the Gospel and the fact that Jesus died on my behalf so that I could be forgiven, it causes me to give my all for Him. I know it can be difficult in our busy lives to stop and focus on all that we are blessed with, but when we take the time it will impact our lives profoundly.

Romans 2:4 "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?" NKJV

As we focus on the goodness of God and His provision for our lives and our salvation, we are humbled and put in the perfect place to be used by God. Even in our times of hardship, when we stand back and view, we get a glimpse of God's eternal perspective which leads us to rejoice, once again, in our King.

Life Lesson: Grateful people recognize God's provisions in their lives.

Dear God,
Thank You for all that You have given me. I am grateful for Your love, Your mercy and the gift of eternal life through Jesus. Thank You for the blessings of life. Teach me to have a grateful heart and to share this gratefulness with others. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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