There is a lot to be thankful for. I have two healthy parents, my two awesome pets, and my brothers are safe and protected in Jesus name. I had to repeat this information to myself constantly, this morning, because I woke up irritable and dissatisfied.
So thank God, we’re not the sole tenets of our mind and bodies. Residing in every child of God is the Holy Spirit ready and equipped to kick us in the butt when we (I) need a reality check or focus realignment.
During my quiet time, the Holy Spirit asked me to reflect on two He usually used when there was a teachable moment on the horizon.
What does God want me to learn? How does Jesus want me to apply this verse?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.—EPHESIANS 2:8–9
God wants me to learn how this world, people, things, and family are temporary. Even the good things in life are but a faint memory, they are fireworks, the anticipation, the buildup, the explosion, the display, and pay off though beautiful and wondrous cannot sustain permanence. Such are the earthly blessings given to us from heaven. These are waves of God’s grace, ebbing and flowing when we most need them, but they are not the source of comfort, happiness, and refuge.
In proper perspective these blessings remind me to look to God. Of all the good and wondrous blessings I have, my relationship with God shall always be the permanent fixture in my life. Salvation is a gift surpassing death and calamity. When I am feeling uneasy, anxious, and unstable God wants me to learn how to not place my hope in my circumstances or family. I am learning God is here even when family breaks my heart, lets me down, or hurts my feelings.
So how much lovelier and comforting is the gift of salvation. The eternal relationship I have with God was a gift from Him through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
Instead of moping around in my feelings, and feeling sorry for myself, Jesus wants me to apply this verse by being thankful for the one everlasting blessing I do have. Second, to continually acknowledge how my relationship with God is a product of His sacrifice and God’s grace, for there was no involvement on my part. Even with the spiritual maturity I am experiencing it comes from God. He enacted the plan of salvation. I do not exhibit spiritual progress. It is the Holy Spirit, dwelling in me, propelling me forward and teaching me how to be more like Christ Jesus.
Be advised my friends, an attitude of gratitude is healthy for your spirit and a protective barrier for your mind.
Satan steals, kills, and destroys. The devil hungrily pursues negative emotions of self pity, disappointment, hurt. Once, finding potential prey; he will then plant negative thoughts into our mind to escalate tenuous situations. Suddenly what was normally a shady comment or rude behavior becomes decimated relationships and burned bridges.
Zero to hundred.
Satan is the ringleader of escalation.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Be alert to the devices of the devil just because we’re Christians does not keep us from temptation and spiritual warfare. Knock off negativity’s scent. Do not lead Satan back to your threshold, your home due to unresolved feelings and misunderstandings. Especially, when Jesus teaches us how to sustain our peace and joy. God’s Word gives us the spiritual weapons needed to combat the enemy and continual thanksgiving is an impenetrable shield the enemy cannot destroy.
Yes we can be thankful for our earthly blessings but they have an expiration date. Salvation is imperishable.
I have an indescribable gift.
You have an indescribable gift as Paul writes, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 CORINTHIANS 9:15 NKJV) At the end of the day, God has given every person more grace and mercy more than what we deserved. Salvation presents abundant blessings of eternal value. Although death has claimed the lives of our loved ones and this year has ruined opportunities. Neither death nor adversity has control over the resurrecting power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So, right now, be thankful.
Today, be thankful.
Tomorrow, be thankful.