Blessings Flow Through A Grateful Heart.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” Psalm 107:1 NKJ.
My thoughts today are that, “gratitude is an attitude.”
May you be graced with our God’s pronounced blessing and favor. I am thankful for your daily fellowship in God’s Word. Thank you for giving me the honor to share His practical truth. I am privileged that you welcome my thoughts and comments, as you share EDL with family and friends. I rejoice whenever and wherever His Word is published and received into hungry hearts. Thankfully, Allen Randolph
Giving thanks is a holy benediction. Benediction simply means, “a good word or saying.” It feels good when you can look at what you have done or made, and can confidently say, “I am proud of that.” Satisfaction is a good feeling for a fulfilled life.
In the Garden of Eden, God gave His superlative benediction. When God surveyed the mystery and mastery of Creation, He described the work of His hands as, “good.” God rejoiced when He created the world and all that is in it, and finished with His masterpiece, Adam and Eve. Then God pronounced confidently, “It is very good.”
On the Cross of Calvary, Jesus spoke the ultimate benediction. As He hung upon a cross to die for our sins, He declared to Heaven and earth, “It is finished.” The single Greek word from which that phrase is translated was literally a benediction announcing, “this is my best effort and finest result.”
When you were created by the hand of God, and again when you were redeemed through faith in Christ, Heaven heard the Eternal Creator say again, and just as true as at Creation, “It is very good.” Think about that. God looks at you and speaks a wondrous benediction of grace, “very good!” It is never your right to disagree with God, disbelieving or contradicting what He prophesies over you in grace and love.
In humility and wonder, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” Ephesians 1:4 NLT. Will you be able to speak a similar benediction over your life, appraising what you have done with your time, talents, gifts and opportunities, and how you have lived your life for His pleasure and glory?
Your attitude is a choice only you can make. Gratitude is an attitude you choose. Gratitude is far more than a feeling you have; gratitude is a choice you make. This Thanksgiving look past your struggles and challenges of the moment and see the full measure of His grace, and the abounding nature of His love, and the generous supply of His daily provision. And simply be thankful. You will find more for which to be grateful than things about which to complain or regret.
When you count your blessings, life is best, and praise is loudest. The sincere and simple giving of thanks that I learned from a long-time mentor and friend is an affirmation of faith, “God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.” That can be your fitting response for God’s goodness to you. Really, it is this simple, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV.
My prayer for you today is that you are grateful for all God has done for you.
EDL Communications 2019
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