Thankful for God's Blessings!


THANKFUL FOR GOD'S BLESSINGS

We'll see how God blesses believers & their response,
to thankfully remember His blessings & serve God.

Psalm 103:2
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:
 Psalm 103:7
He made known his ways unto Moses,
his acts unto the children of Israel




Psalm 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him,
and bless his name.

Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.


This is our response to the abundance of benefits with which God has blessed us. Just as we can learn from the revealed word in psalms, David learned from believers who preceded him.  We’ll look at a record with which David would have been familiar:

Joshua 24:11-12
And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho:
and the men of Jericho fought against you,
the Amorites, and the Perizites, and the Canaanites,
and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites;
and I [God] delivered them into your hand.
12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you,
even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

It was God who gave this victory and the people’s initial responsibility was to claim and act upon God’s promises. Then they were to remember what God had done for them. The victory was assured. We can change our perspective in our lives by knowing when we act according to God’s promises, victory is certain. We will get blessed.

Joshua 24:13-14
13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour,
and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them;
of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
14 Now therefore fear [reverence, respect, hold in awe] the Lord,
and serve him in sincerity and in truth:
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood,
and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

Although this verse refers to literal idols, anything we value more than God, is an idol.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you

Blessings are like a breathtaking view. They are always there. We just have to move to the right place to see them. As we move forward in God’s word, we get there. At times obstacles are blocking our view and they need to be removed. Sometimes we may be tempted to live according to our “old man” ways, forgetting that we have been born again and have been called to a new way of life. This is a blessing to remember so we can manifest that power from on high.

Joshua 24:15-17
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
16 And the people answered and said,
God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods
17 For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

We can see from this verse, God doesn’t lead us into bondage. He delivers from bondage.
He doesn’t make bad things happen to us. He delivers us from bad things.

Joshua 24:18
And the Lord drave out from before us all the people,
even the Amorites which dwelt in the land:
therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.

One way to help us remember God’s blessings is to study the word daily and memorize passages of scripture that bless us. We are always remembering something. Will it be worry, doubt, and fear; or will it be God, and the power He has given us to overcome any obstacle? Sometimes when focusing only on our five senses, our perspective is limited. God is never limited.

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

We learn of God’s abundance in His word &
we take believing action on these truths to make them our own. As we act on God’s promises,
we appropriate these blessings in our lives.



Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man shall abound with blessings

We can make it a habit to go to the word as situations arise. For example, if a situation in life comes up where we feel we are not good enough, we can remind ourselves (and others) of our sonship rights and the abilities we have in our gift of holy spirit, Christ in us. Remembering some of God’s benefits and blessings consistently helps us recognize God’s blessings in our lives. This edifies us and other believers. As we recognize God’s abundance of blessings and benefits, we can remain thankful and have strength to endure and serve our Father.
Some benefits we can bring to mind are the many benefits of speaking in tongues. Not only is the individual believer edified, but we are giving thanks well, also! [1 Corinthians 14:17] When we view our lives with God’s perspective, we see the great love He has for us and His willingness and ability to bless our lives. Our lives will become more precious and sweet as we remember God’s blessings and benefits, and respond by thankfully serving God.


Let’s continue to read and study the word, and claim the blessings God has prepared for us. As we remember how God has blessed our lives, we can share our victories with others and grow together as we thankfully serve our Father.
And that brings Rest to my Soul!


PSALMS OF GRACE 
THE PSALMS IN THE 21st CENTURY
Psalm 103:8 KJV
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

This is the third teaching in my "Psalms of Grace" series. I began writing as a result of a wonderful conversation I shared while witnessing to a new believer. She was especially blessed with Psalm 121, and God opened the door for witnessing concerning our new life in Christ. The conversation was gently led of God from the old to the new. As a child, when I was struggling and seeking God in a specific situation, I would turn to the book of Psalms. I know others who have done so, also. I turned to Psalms because it was relatable and Psalms forms dramatic mind pictures of the matters of life. Even someone who has never picked up a Bible may know of the story of David & Goliath, in which the power of God triumphs over the power of the enemy. People quote the 23rd Psalm, and sometimes they just pick up their bible and read through the verses. Old Testament scriptures are for our learning.

Romans 15:4 KJV
For whatsoever things were written aforetime
[prior to the day of Pentecost]
were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort
of the scriptures might have hope

We are now in the Grace Administration. The New Testament introduces the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, beginning with the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. However, the Grace Administration began on the day of Pentecost, when the new birth was made available. Today we are in a spiritual competition and I enjoy seeing the parallel between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The teachings here are not limited to the Psalms, but a vast array of other Old Testament studies for our learning. I enjoy how Old Testament studies can give us insight and tremendous learning concerning our present day spiritual competition. It's a new dawn. It's a new day. The victory has been won, and Christ is the way!

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