A Heart of Gratitude – Day Twelve

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Twelve“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15, NASB

Colossians 3:15 bids us to be thankful. There are many things in each of our lives for which we can give thanks. God provides us with many blessings on a daily basis. At times, however, we tend to over look some of them.

Our Heavenly Father blesses us in many more ways than we often realize. Some of the ways in which He provides for us may seem, to our minds, such everyday occurrences that we end up taking them for granted. We’ll never know the full extent of the greater dangers, as well as the more trifling vexations, that our Heavenly Father’s loving care shields us from. These, added to the more obvious ways in which His provision can be seen, give us ample reason to give thanks to our Father in heaven.

The biggest and greatest gift that God has given each one of us is the gift of His Son, who gave His life for us. He died for us while we were, as yet, sinners (Romans 5:8). He made a way for us to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:19). We have received the gift of right standing with the King of Kings, not because of anything that we have done, but because of what His Son did for us at the cross. This in and of itself is more than enough reason to praise our wonderful God!

Do you ever have a hard time being thankful? Perhaps you’re going through troubling circumstances, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to find anything for which to be grateful. If you are going through tough times, you can give thanks to God that He has provided the miracle – big or small – that you are in need of. Nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37). He has good plans for you – plans not for your harm, but to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He is completely capable of doing far more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:29). Look to Him and receive your answer today!

We each have many reasons to be thankful, and express our gratitude to our Heavenly Father. He cares for us in countless ways, some of which we don’t even recongnize.  He gave His one and only Son for us, as the greatest possible proof of His love. Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, we can give thanks to Him, confident that He is both willing and able to make a way for us when may seem that there is none.With so many causes for gratitude on our part, let’s cultivate a spirit of thankfulness, and be on the look out for things for which to thank our wonderful God!

What is something that you can thank the Lord for right now? Comment below to share. Take a moment to express your thanks to our Father in Heaven!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Eleven

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Eleven“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the
Lord, so walk in Him, having
been firmly rooted and now
being built up in Him and established in your faith,
just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7, NASB

When receiving Jesus as our Savior, we take the first and most important step down a path that leads to a whole new way of life. Just as we have accepted Christ, so are we to live in Him. As we grow in our walk with Him, we will begin to comprehend to a greater extent the magnitude of all that He has done for us. Our increased knowledge of what He accomplished on our behalf will kindle in us a fervent sense of gratitude, and overwhelming thankfulness to the One who gave His only Son to save us.

What’s the meaning of Christ’s finished work at the cross? What did it accomplish for us? How does His great sacrifice affect our lives today? In answer to such questions, it’s sometimes easy for us to spout off phrases we’ve heard tossed around in Christian culture, but do we really understand what these phrases mean? How often do we simply open the Bible for ourselves, asking – as the apostle Paul did for those at the church in Ephesus – to be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we may come to know God better (Ephesians 1:17)?

God wants to reveal Himself to us more and more each day. He desires for us to move beyond religion, and engage in a personal relationship with Him. He wants to reveal to us His abundant grace, and the gift of righteousness that He has given us, through which we can reign in life (Romans 5:17). He wishes us to understand that we have been made right with Him through faith in His Son (Romans 3:24) – that we are new creations in Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:17). He wants to make known to us the greatest exchange in all of history – how at the cross, Jesus took our sins upon Himself, and gave us His place of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). He wants to show us that because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we have now entered the new covenant of His grace, under which He no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 8:12). God desires to reveal to us all of these truths concerning Christ’s finished work, and many, many more.

As we grow in Christ, and begin to comprehend to a fuller extent all that He has accomplished for us, we will experience an increase of gratitude towards the One who loves us so. We will give thanks to Him for all that He’s done for us, and His wonderful grace and mercy to us. We will overflow with thankfulness towards the King, who is most worthy of our highest praise!

What has God been revealing to you concerning all that His Son has accomplished for you? Comment below to share what God has been showing you!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.” 

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Nine

a heart of gratitude - day nine“For all things are for your
sakes, so that the grace
which is spreading to more
and more people may cause
the giving of thanks to abound
to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:15, NASB

This is the time of year associated with counting our blessings, and thankfulness for all of the good things in our lives. In this season of being grateful, what is it that causes our thanks to abound? What possesses the ability to kindle in us a response of gratitude? What holds the power to instigate an overflow of thanksgiving?

According to 2 Corinthians 4:15, it is God’s amazing grace that causes the giving of thanks to abound to His glory. When we recognize all that God has done for us – all that He’s freely given – it will ignite in us a blaze of gratitude towards Him. His unmerited favor rests on each of our lives – based not on our own actions, but those of the Savior on our behalf. We all have sinned, and fall far short of God’s glorious standard on a daily basis
(Romans 3:23). No matter how hard we try, we never can be good enough to deserve the blessings of God. Knowing this, and loving us beyond measure, God sent His only Son to die for us, bearing the punishment that we deserved. Now, He offers salvation to us as a free gift. We are saved by His abundant grace, through faith in what His Son did for us at the cross (Ephesians 2:8). Made right in God’s eyes, we have been qualified to receive all that our Heavenly Father has for us, held out to us free for the taking.

Our God is so very good! He is both compassionate and gracious, abounding in love (Psalm 103:8) He does not treat us as our wrongdoings merit, nor repay us according to our failures (Psalm 103:10). Rather, He forgives ALL of our sins (Psalm 103:3), not counting them against us (2 Corinthians 5:19). In fact, He remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12)! He receives us as His children (1 John 3:1), and freely gives us many good things. Surely these are ample proofs of His wonderful grace!

What does this grace accomplish in our lives? When truly understood, it prompts within us a sense of abounding gratitude, and an overflowing thankfulness to our wonderful King, which others can see and recognize. They will observe the difference He’s made in our lives, how real He is to us, and be drawn towards Him. It all starts, however, with a comprehension of the incredible, surpassing grace of our loving Heavenly Father. If you want to foster a greater sense of gratitude within your heart this Thanksgiving season, begin meditating on this grace. (For a list of scriptures that speak to the subject, see the post God’s Wonderful Grace.)

Listen to this song, and ask God to give you a greater revelation of His grace than ever before!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.” 

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Eight

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Eight“I shall give thanks to You, for
You have answered me, and
You have become my salvation.”
Psalm 118:21, NASB

Do you believe, when you pray, that God hears and answers you? Or does it feel, when you talk to Him, more like He’s far off and unresponsive? When you are in need, do you come to Him for provision, or do you try to work things out on your own first?

Jeremiah 33:3 informs us that when we call to God, He will answer us. Psalm 34:15 declares that the Lord’s eyes are on those who are righteous. To their cry, His ears are attentive. If you have received Jesus, then this Scripture applies to you, for you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)! In Matthew 6:8, Jesus assures us that God knows what we need, even before we ask Him. Further on, in Matthew 7:11, He states that God will give what is good to the one who asks.

The idea that God is distant, and unfeeling towards what you have to say, is a lie that the enemy would love for you to believe. He knows that, according to James 5:16, the prayer of one who is righteous – who is in right standing with God – is both powerful and effective. The righteous person this verse speaks of is you! You have been made right with God through faith in His Son (Romans 3:24). You have been justified by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:9). Know that your prayers avail much (James 5:16)! Present your requests to God, in full confidence of His love for you, and desire to provide for your every need. Give thanks to Him for the ways in which He has answered you in the past, and is working in your life in the present. Rejoice in the fact that our God is the Hearer and Answerer of prayer!

What have you been believing God for lately? To share, comment below. Take a moment to thank God for listening to you when you speak to Him, and for the answers He provides!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”