As my youngest daughter (who is 4 years old) prays, she inevitably expresses thanks to God for the blessings that He provides. However, when she states it, there is a truth that she adds which many of us adults forget. She prays, “Thank you for the blessings that we always have.” It is true isn’t it? God “daily bears our burdens” (Psa. 68:19), and “A faithful man will be richly blessed” (Pro. 28:20). Even the unrighteous are blessed through God’s faithfulness in creation (Mat. 5:45; Acts 14:17). The physical blessings that every man enjoys come from God: “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). God wants us to be happy and satisfied so that we can see and access the greater blessings (that have always been in His mind) in the spiritual realm. To “always have” those blessings we must choose to be in Christ’s church and keep ourselves in the love of God (Mat. 16:18; Jude 21). To be “in Christ” one must have the faith that leads them to repent and confess Christ and be baptized “into” Him (John 3:36; Luke 13:3; Acts 8:37; Gal. 3:27). God had a plan before the world began for mankind to receive the ultimate blessings of mercy, grace, redemption, and eternal life in His Kingdom through obedience to His only begotten Son (2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2). Think about it: Christ was “slain from the creation of the world” so we could always have blessings (Rev. 13:8). God chose that the faithful in Christ would always have blessings “before the creation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). At the end of time, the Lord and King will allow the righteous to always have blessings in the “kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Mat. 25:34). Let us be thankful for the “blessings we always have!” Derrick Coble, Nesbit church of Christ, Nesbit, MS
Scripture of the Week
“Therefore we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, not on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Think About It
NO TIME FOR GOD ?
No time for God?
As if you said:
“No time for food, or love
Or sleep, or death.”
Take time for God
Or there is poverty of soul:
For when the messenger of death
Knocks on your door,
God‟s everlasting realms
Will find you bare and destitute.
No time for God?
Soon you will leave this earthly life
To take the way to distant shores:
Then when you see Him face to face –
Will He have time for you?
~~ Dieter Alten,
German preacher in Hamburg, Germany,
translated by Helga Blackstone (July 29, 2009)
Something to Smile About
On the Lighter Side
A young soldier left home to join the army. He told his girlfriend that he would write every day. After about six months, he received a letter from his girlfriend that she was marrying someone else. He wrote home to his family to find out whom she married. The family wrote back and told him. It was the mailman.
During his annual checkup, an old farmer told his doctor that he had never had an accident in his life. The doctor reminded the farmer that he treated him back in the spring after his bull had tossed him over the fence, and asked, “Don’t you consider that to be an accident?” “Not really,” the farmer replied. “That bull did it on purpose.”