“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.” // Psalm 107:21-22
Happy Sunday! Believe it or not, this week is Thanksgiving. Isn’t that crazy? Before we know it, a lot of us will be gathered with family and friends around good food and football. I personally love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. But as we approach Thanksgiving this week, I want to take a moment to remember God, that He is the giver of all our good things (James 1:17), including all the family and food we’ll be surrounded with on Thursday.
No matter what you’re going through right now, or the season you may have just come out of, there is always something we can give thanks to God for. When we thank God, we’re recognizing Him as the giver of everything we need, and it reminds us that He is always with us, no matter what. Here are the constant, unchanging things we can thank God for this Thanksgiving, and every day after.
1. Who He Is. The first thing we can always thank God for is who He is. God is unchanging, and in a world that’s constantly changing, where people are unreliable, and when our plans are never set in stone, this is one of the greatest hopes we have as Christians. Yesterday, today, and forever God is the same (Hebrews 13:8). God is our continual source of hope and truth, and He is merciful. What wonderful promises we have! We can always thanks for these, no matter what is going on in our lives.
2. What He’s Done. Another thing we can always give thanks for is the fact that God, even while we were dead in our sin, sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the payment for our sin so we could spend eternity with Him (Ephesians 2:1-10, Colossians 2:13-15). If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, this is something we’ll forever thank God for. We were dead, and now we’re alive in Christ. We were lost, now we’re children of the One true King. We were on our way to an eternity without hope, love, or God, and know our eternity is secured. How amazing! If you don’t know Jesus yet, you can know Him right now. Then this Thanksgiving, you’ll be most thankful for your new salvation in Christ.
3. What He Will Do. No matter where you’re at right now, if you know Jesus, you have a hope and promise for the future. We know that God will work all things out for our good (Romans 8:28), His plans for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11), He will finish what He’s started in us and in our lives (Philippians 1:6), and in the end, He will take us home to be with Him and make right all the things that have wronged us in this life (Revelation 21:1-5, 2 Peter 3:1-18). When we know Jesus, the best is always yet to come. These are promises we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving and every day.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! No matter what you’re doing, or where you’re at in your life right now, know that God loves you, and that because of who He is (constant, merciful, full of truth and hope), what He’s done by sending Jesus to die for our sins, and the promise of what He will do, we have an abundance of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and forever.
When we thank God, He opens the doors to His presence and we’ll see things from His perspective and hope will abound. And when we do, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until Next Time,
“Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” // John 14:21
Hello Everyone, and Happy Veterans day! I just want to take a moment and thank all the members of our Military on this Veterans Day. Your sacrifice to our country, and to all of us, is deeply appreciated. We love you and are praying for you.
Today’s post was sort of inspired by a Target commercial. Strange, right? If you’ve been watching TV at all in the past few weeks, you may have seen the Target commercial with Meghan Trainor’s “All The Ways” playing in the background. When I heard the song on the commercial, I didn’t know who or what it was. But I thought it was catchy and was curious, so I looked it up. It turned out to be a song by Meghan Trainor, and after I listened to it, it was stuck in my head. That afternoon as I was driving and praying, I heard God echo some of the words of those songs back to me. The words,”If you love me, love me, love me, like you say …”
God’s voice reminded me of John 14:15, where Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commands.” It’s easy to say we love God, in fact, most people would say they do. But we see from Scripture that the test of our love for God is our obedience to Him.
Now I’m not saying that we’re going to be obedient, perfect human beings 100% of the time. Because we’re not. We’re all human, we’re all fallen, and we’re all sinful. However, the more we love God, the more we should start to look like Him, and the more we will be transformed by His Spirit that will enable us to carry out His commands for our life.
Our obedience to God isn’t a checklist. It’s not:
I was kind today … check.
I helped the homeless man on the corner … check.
I forgive my enemy because I had to … check.
This is what religion tells us to do. God isn’t interested in that. God wants your obedience because of your love Him. If you love your spouse, you’ll do what makes them happy, because you love them. The same thing goes for us and our relationship with God. We will become increasingly obedient because we want to see Him glorified, our relationship with Him grow, and people to come and know Him. Our checklist turns into an outpouring of the love we’ve received from Him. It looks something like this:
I was kind today … because God has been kind of me. I want people to know that kindness.
I helped the homeless man on the corner … because God loves me and provides for my needs, and I want this man to know that God feels the same about Him.
I forgave my enemy … because God forgave me when all the times I was in the wrong.
After Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples before ascending into heaven, He had a talk with Peter in John 21:15-17. Three times Jesus asked Peter if He loved Him. Three times! And after every time Peter told Jesus that He did in fact love Him, Jesus responded every time with the words, “Feed my sheep.”
Jesus was implying that if Peter really loved Him like he said he did, then He was to take care of God’s people.
Jesus was implying that if Peter really loved Him like he said he did, then He was to take care of God’s people. When we love Jesus, we’ll do the same. If we really love Jesus like we say … with our whole heart, mind, and strength, imagine what that’d look like in our lives. How many more people would feel and see the love of God because of the outpouring of our love for Him? How many relationships would become healed? How might our little corners of the world look different if we obey God because we simply love Him? Not because we had to, but because we wanted to.
How might our little corners of the world look different if we obey God because we simply love Him? Not because we had to, but because we wanted to.
It’s my prayer this week that we might find the joy in serving God in obedience. Not out of obligation, but out of love and infused with the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-18, 23-24). Because we’d trust Him enough to obey Him and leave everything else in His hands.
No matter where you’re at in your walk with God today, there’s always room to grow closer to Jesus and to be His hands and feet wherever He has you. There’s no greater feeling in the world than growing in our relationship with Him and being obedient to Him. That is truly life at it’s best. Let’s press in and see where He may lead and ask our obedience this week.
And if we do, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until Next Time,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” // John 3:16
Hi everyone! Happy November!
Today I want to talk about the one single thing that is central to, not only the Christian faith, but to our very existence. It’s the one thing we’ve probably heard over and over again, but it’s something that I pray we never get tired of hearing about. Something that never gets so familiar that it loses its effectiveness to bring us to our knees in thanksgiving and worship to our great God. Today, I want to talk about the Gospel.
Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”When we talk or reflect on the Gospel, this is where we need to start. We have all fallen short of the glory to God. Every single one of us. Pride, lust, disobedience, lifestyle choices. We’ve all sinned, and one sin is not worse than the other. Before God, they all separate us from Him. And for all people for all time, there is only one remedy to them all.
You see, God is holy. He’s perfect in justice. We all say that we love His justice side because when we’ve been wronged or treated unfairly, we want Him to execute His justice on our behalf. But at the same time, because He is a God of justice, He has to execute justice against sin and rebellion against Him. That’s why later in Romans 6:23, Paul tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” The truth of it all is that I was deserving of death because of my sin. And so were you.
Romans 6:23 goes on to say, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”We were all deserving of death, wrath, and an eternity separated from God. This reality is as frightening as it gets. We were all marked with sin, and the payment was death, because God is just. BUT. God is not all justice. God is also perfect in love. He loves you. He loves you so much that He didn’t want you to be separated from His perfect love and presence. He created you and wanted you as His child. So He made a way for that to happen. How could a God, perfect in both love and justice, both punish sin but also adopt us as His own children, securing our eternity with Him forever?
One. Simple. Way.
This is where the Gospel story gets amazing. The fact that we were lost and dead in our sin is the bad news. But God did not want to leave us there. So He sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to this earth to live a life no one else could ever live. A perfect one. Jesus was fully God and fully human. It was the only way He could live a perfect life, only then to do the unthinkable.
After 33 years on this earth, not doing a single thing wrong, without thinking a single sinful thought, He willingly went to the cross–a horrendous way criminals would be killed in His day–to be put to death. The death you and I deserved. On the cross, God placed all the wrath and judgement His perfect justice demanded on Jesus. Why? So that we wouldn’t have to experience the judgement and wrath for our sin. Ultimately, so we wouldn’t have to experience the death we deserved because of our sin.
Guys, Jesus took our place. Jesus died so that we wouldn’t have to spend an eternity separated from God in our sin. Jesus didn’t do a single thing wrong. He didn’t do anything to deserve this death. But He willingly went to the cross so we could live. Then, three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, proving that everything He said and did was true. His payment for sin was sufficient. He conquered death, and anyone who believes in Him will overcome death too. Because for a believer death is not the end. It’s just the start to an amazing new life with God He purchased for us with His Son’s blood and resurrection.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”As if this couldn’t get any more amazing, it does. We don’t have to do a single thing to earn this salvation. All we have to do is believe in our heart that Jesus died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins. Confessing to God that we were deserving of wrath for our sin, but that we believe Jesus paid our debt in full. When you accept Jesus into your heart, you become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and your eternity is secured in Christ forever. Nothing can separate you from God. Not sickness, not sin, not even death (Romans 8:38-39). You are now a child of God and more than a conqueror through Him (1 John 3:1, Romans 8:37).
If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, I want to invite you to do that. The Bible is true. When you accept Jesus, your life will change for the better. All the amazing promises that God provides in the Bible will become yours. Your eternity will be sealed, and you’ll start an amazing relationship with the One who created you and knows everything about you, and loves you anyways. We’ll never be perfect, so God doesn’t want us to wait until we’re all cleaned up and pretty to come to Him. He wants us to come to Him right now, right where we are. He’s waiting with opens arms … for you. He loves you. He wants you. All you have to do is say yes.
If you want to say yes to Jesus today, all you have to do is pray this prayer, believing it from your heart: God, I am a sinner. Forgive me for all the sin I’ve done in my life, and all the sin I’ll do in the future. Thank You for sending Jesus to pay the debt for my sin that I couldn’t owe. I believe Jesus Christ died and rose again for the forgiveness of my sin, and that He was raised from the dead, conquering death forever. I accept Jesus’ payment for my sin and accept Him as my Savior. Please come into my life and help me live for You. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
If you just prayed this prayer, congratulations!! Heaven is rejoicing because you are now a child of God, and your inheritance in God’s Kingdom is sealed. You have made the best decision by choosing to follow Christ. Let me be the first one to welcome you into the family of God! You’ll want to tell someone, get a Bible, and connect with a local Bible-believing church next. They’ll help you grow in your knowledge of God and the Christian life. Make sure to tell them you just received Christ, too. They’ll certainly celebrate with you!
That’s it. That’s the Gospel. So simple, so powerful. If you know someone who needs to hear of Jesus, please share this with them and pray that their eyes would be opened to the Gospel. And I pray that as Christians, our eyes would ever be open to the amazing news of the Gospel. It is certainly the best news of all time.
When we receive Jesus and chase after Him, you never know, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until next time,
P.S.! If you’ve received Jesus today because of this blog, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, or you can send me an email!