Today’s Verse

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and whom He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

Romans 8:29-30

Monday, April 25

Gratitude rests on the foundational understanding that God is the Giver of all good things. There are so, so many spiritual blessings.
God foreknew us. He predestined us. He called us. He justified us. He will glorify us. We’ve been declared holy. We’ve been adopted. We’ve been accepted. We’ve been redeemed. We’ve been forgiven. On top of those initial blessings, He has given us the Holy Spirit as a pledge of eternity. We are seated in the heavenlies. We have an inheritance with the saints. We have the fellowship of the church.
Second, consider your physical blessings. What are some ways God blesses us in our daily lives? We can get out of bed every morning. We have health for our bodies, air to breathe, food to eat, warm clothes to wear and houses to live in. Far more than those basic necessities, He has blessed us with many luxuries.
We have families, good jobs, and homes filled with all kinds of gadgets to make our lives easier and more pleasurable. All these good gifts come from God.
Third, we have societal blessings. We live in the most prosperous nation on earth. We live in relative freedom. We can worship God according to our understanding of the Scripture and the dictates of our conscience. We are not beaten, imprisoned or put to death for our faith. What’s more we are protected from evildoers. There are certainly many things wrong with our country; however, we are truly blessed of the Lord to live here. Practice today’s memory verse!

Weekly Memory Verse

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I Thessalonians 5:18

"Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the ones you did."
- Mark Twain

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