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
Out of love for one another…….
We are currently requiring everyone attending the Sunday morning worship assembly and Wednesday evening Bible study to wear a mask in keeping with the Health Departments guidelines. Once inside and seated, you may remove your mask. When you leave your seat, we ask you to wear your mask again. We thank you for your consideration of and care for others. Masks are available if you need one.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
Scripture of the Week
“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous, sing, all you who are upright in heart!” ~~ Psalm 32:10-11
Something to Smile About
I told my boss three companies were after me and I needed a raise to stay at my job. We haggled for a few minutes, and he gave me a five percent raise. Leaving his office, he stopped and asked me, “By the way, which companies are after you?” I responded, “The gas, electric and cable company.”
Think About It
As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by” (Acts 5:15).
There is an old song, “Me and my shadow” Yes, each of us does have a shadow, it is called OUR INFLUENCE. As the tiniest hair will cast a shadow, each life casts its shadow of influence. We all have been influenced by the lives of others, for better or for worse; and we have and will influence others.
We pass this way but once, so it is utterly important for our influence to cast a shadow of blessings.
The converts of the early church were won to Christ not by books and sermons, but by observing how Christians lived their lives.
Somebody has once written these words: “No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.”
“THE LIGHTEST BREEZE THAT EVER BLEW
SOME TENDER GRASS WAS WAVERED.
THE SMALLEST LIFE I EVER KNEW
SOME OTHER LIFE HAS FLAVORED.”
If I walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He’ll shed on my way. He will make my SHADOW A BLESSING!