Devotional

A Heart of Thankfulness

November 28, 2016

Part 2

Grace … may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 4:15

During this last week of November, I want to consider again the subject of grace and the reasons for thankfulness as we enter into one of the craziest seasons of the year. It is because of God’s grace that we are positionally forgiven and adopted into the family of God. But there are also experiential blessings because of His grace.

Experiential blessings

When God reveals Himself to us and we receive the forgiveness of sin, we are regenerated, given a new birth, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. However, He then pours His Spirit upon us, thereby empowering us to live the way He wants us to. That’s how we experience His grace in the present. In the future, we will be glorified, although Romans 8:30 speaks of this in the past tense because it’s so absolutely certain to happen. That’s grace and that’s what comes because of God’s unmerited favor.

Sacrifice of praise

As you enter into the month of December, seek that daily empowering, reflect often on His grace, and take the time to remember the greatest act of love there ever has been or ever will be. Give thanks for the broken body and the shed blood of Christ, from which all other blessings flow. Offer up the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of your lips, giving thanks to His name. As you do, you will find that discontentment, covetousness, and irritability will be replaced with gladness, generosity, and joy.