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Give Thanks

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 136:26 NASB

Give thanks to God who has worked immeasurably for the good of His people and His creation, for His lovingkindness, His mercy has always been and will always be.

God is good. He’s eternal. He is merciful, full of lovingkindness. He is above all other gods. He created the heavens, the earth, the seas, the sun, moon, and stars. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, divided the Red Sea, destroyed pharaoh and his army. He delivered Israel from many enemies. He gave the nation of Israel the Promised Land. He provides food for every creature that needs it.

All of these things that He did for Israel, He does for us. He provides for us, shows us mercy, delivers us from our enemy – Satan. He loves us. He is always faithful to us.

He is faithful to keep His covenant, the new covenant in Christ’s blood that seals our salvation. He will transform us. He will take care of us.

Too often, we don’t trust Him as we should, as He has proven Himself beyond doubt to be worthy of. We are afraid – afraid that we will not have what we need. Maybe we’re too attached to worldly things – we look to them for delight and security – because we don’t delight in God. Maybe we become resigned to our current level of spiritual maturity. Or we are not thankful for what we have.

His grace is sufficient for us. We need to trust and delight in God because He provides for all our needs. He has already done so much for us that it cannot be measured, and He is faithful to continue to care for us.

Christ’s grace, the Holy Spirit in us, can transform us into children of God who live lives of faith and of gratitude.

 

 

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Take Up Your Cross

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?
‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23-25‬ NASB

He expects sacrifice. He expects us to follow in the footsteps of Christ. He expects everything of us. He is the only thing in our lives that is worth everything.

Nothing in this world gives life, and nothing in this world is worth losing ourselves, our souls. Only by giving all of ourselves to Him, walking to our deaths each day, can we truly live.

In order to live, we have to follow Christ to death.

He and only He gives life. He denied Himself to give me life.

Do you deny yourself and take up your cross daily? If not, the hard truth is you don’t follow Him. Not even close.

When we forget this truth, we look for fulfillment in the things of this world, like material things, entertainment, pleasure, money, power. We need to deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily and follow Him because this is the only way we will have life.

Jesus made this journey first, and He calls us to follow. He gives us the power to follow.

God, please change our desires so that we want to give You everything.

Who Rules You?

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
‭Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭8-14‬ NASB

I must remember that Christ died to sin and is alive forever to God. I must remember that I have died with Christ and am alive with Him. Sin is no longer my master because I’m under His grace, cleansed by His blood spilled at the cross, set free by His payment of my debt.

When I forget this truth, I believe I’m under sin’s power. That, my friends, is a lie.

By the grace of God given through Christ, with Him, we followers of Christ are dead to sin and alive to God. That means that if sin rules me, it’s because I let it.

We have to get this: if sin rules you, it’s because you let it.  You and I have to stop giving ourselves to sin and give ourselves to God instead. Ask Him for the will and the strength to refuse sin’s rule over you.

God, not sin, is our master. Let’s give ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness.