I have a lot to be thankful for. God has truly blessed me. Again, I can say with my Dad, "God has smiled on me." The Lord has shown me great favor and mercy down through the years, and not only me, but my entire family, and everyone living today. If you are alive, you have a lot for which to be thankful.
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I have the blessings of health and strength. I have the blessing of many beautiful and healthy children. I have the blessing of a beautiful wife and a son and daughter born on my birthday. I enjoy the blessings of good food to eat, clothes to wear and a place to stay. Since I first preached this devotional message, in a small church, in a little city called Apalachicola, Florida, nearly twenty years ago, I have been serving the Lord full-time, and God has taken care of me, my wife and our seven children by faith in Him. God has been good to me and it has been a joy serving Him. However, the person I thank God the most for is His Holy Son, Jesus Christ. Here is why:
First, I thank God for Jesus Christ because He gave His Life that I might have Eternal Life.
He died so that I could have eternal life. He gave His life so that I could have life more abundantly. I thank God for the "blood that shall never lose its power." Notice what the Bible says in Isaiah 53:1-6:
"Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
Jesus Christ took my sin and shame upon Himself and allowed Himself to be crucified so that I could go free. I thank God for Jesus Christ!
Second, I thank God for Jesus Christ because He keeps me by His grace.
Because of the keeping power of Jesus Christ, through His grace, my salvation is secure. John 10:27-30 states:
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one."
I thank God for the comforting security that we have in Christ Jesus, our Lord, through the grace of God. In the words of the preacher of preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, "It is all of grace."
Third, Jesus Christ also keeps us from falling. Jude 24 states:
"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy."
Praise God, He has the power to keep us from falling. If we fall, it is because we allow ourselves to. The Lord is able to keep us from falling.
Fourth, I thank God for Jesus Christ because, in His grace, mercy and love, He is still working on me. Ephesians 2: 8-10 states:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
There was a popular song, years ago, titled: "Don't Judge Me Yet, God is Still Working On Me." Thank God He is still working on me by the power of His Holy Spirit and through His Word; and thank God He is still working on you as well.
Fifth, I thank God for Jesus Christ because He is constantly interceding for me. Hebrews 7:25 states:
"Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."
I John 2:1 states: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
It's a wonderful feeling to have anyone praying for you, but it's a special blessing to know that the Lord Himself is praying for you.
Sixth, I thank God for Jesus Christ because He said He will never leave me nor forsake me. Hebrews 13:5 states:
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Friends will forsake you, family will forsake you, but, thank God, Jesus Christ will never leave you nor forsake you.
Finally, I thank God for Jesus Christ because He has promised to come back to get me and all who believe in Him, and He will gather us unto Himself into glory. John 14:1-3 states:
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Are we not living in perilous times? Doesn't it appear that we are living in the last days? I don't know about you, but I am so glad the Lord is coming back soon to get us out of this mess.
My question to you, dear friend, is, Are you going back with Him? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Do you thank God for Jesus Christ because He died on the cross for your sins? Do you believe in Him? Do you trust Him? Do you depend upon Him to save you from Hell? If not, why not trust Him today?
God's Word says in Acts 16:31: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."
Pray and ask Jesus Christ to save you today, and you, too, will thank God for Jesus Christ. If you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please pray this prayer with all of your heart: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
2 Corinthians 9:15 states: "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift."
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of fifteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel's Report, and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master's degree in Religion and a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com.
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