“But we are always bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” II Thessalonians 2:13
Looking for something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Take a cue from the Apostle Paul. This servant of the Lord gave thanks for the work of God's grace that he witnessed in those he had ministered to. Paul was thankful that God, by His own sovereign grace and good pleasure, had chosen to save them. Paul was thankful that this choice led to the work of the Spirit sanctifying them in bringing them to believe the good news of Jesus.
Truth is, there is no greater blessing! To be a recipient of God's mighty work is wonderful. It's also wonderful to see Him work the same grace in others. The alternative is a life shut up in the darkness of sin and unbelief. The difference maker is God. Thank Him.
You are probably aware that your fellow Christian pilgrims are a flawed lot, to say the least! But, be thankful that you have fellow pilgrims who love, worship and obey Jesus. Be thankful that you have brothers and sisters you are bound together with in the Redeemer. And pray that God will strengthen us all together in deeper love and devotion to Him and one another.
A Thought From the Word “Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.” I Thessalonians 3:7,8 One may not typically think of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Thought From the Word “Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Un Pensamiento de la Palabra “Todo valle sea alzado, y bájese todo monte y collado; y lo torcido se enderece, y lo áspero se allane.” Isaías 40:4 Esto es parte de la profecía de la venida del...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Thought From the Word “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” Isaiah 40:4 This is part of the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Thought From the Word “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Un Pensamiento de la Palabra “Abomínanme, aléjanse de mí, y aun de mi rostro no detuvieron su saliva.” Job 30:10 El sufrimiento no es una teoría abstracta. Es real y es difícil. Si usted...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Thought From the Word “They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.” Job 30:10 Suffering is not an abstract theory. It's real and it's hard. If you are familiar with Job's story you will remember that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Thought From the Word “...that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Thought From the Word “All the kings of the earth shall praise Thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of Thy mouth.” Psalm 138:4 Certainly we can imagine people giving praise to God at the sight of some act of His great power....[ abbreviated | read entire ]