The Circle of Gratitude and Glory

Giving thanks changes us and glorifies God.  If such a small thing has that much of an impact why don’t we do it more often?  You will after learning this truth.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:15  

Thanksgiving is an essential theme in the Bible.  Humans are different people when they are thankful.  Thanksgiving changes our heart and affects our community.

Do you know why you should give thanks?

Do you know how to give thanks?

We see a circle of Gratitude and Glory in our text verse.  Let’s break in down into three elements.

1. God Gives Abundant Grace.

This is a Bible Truth.  Also, it is the reality of our experience.

What is grace?  Here are a few simple definitions.

Grace– unmerited favour;  power of God to do His will;  God giving us what we don’t deserve.

His grace is Amazing!  (As the song says.)

This verse reminds us that His grace is abundant also!  What does the word “abundant” mean?  Here are the English and Greek definitions.

Websters – An American Dictionary of the English Language 

ABUND´ANT, a. Plentiful; in great quantity; fully sufficient; as an abundant supply. In scripture, abounding; having in great quantity; overflowing with.

Strong’s – A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible 

4121.  πλεονάζω plĕŏnazō, pleh-on-ad´-zo; from 4119; to do, make or be more, i.e. increase (trans. or intrans.); by extens. to superabound:—abound, abundant, make to increase, have over.

Those definitions paint a fantastic picture.  God gives us more grace than we could ever use!  Think about your life.  Consider the countless things that God does for you that you could never earn.  He gives them because He is good.

2 Corinthians Chapter four can be divided into a list of God’s Abundant Grace. (more…)

Perfect Church Poem

This timeless poem reminds Christians that there are no perfect churches and encourages them to be faithful.

There are no perfect churches. If you ever find one, don’t join it because you will ruin it!

The truth is that we are all sinners saved by grace. Each one of us has a lot of growing to do to become like the Saviour. Churches are like spiritual hospitals, not religious museums. They are (more…)

Do You Need Joy? Here Are 10 Ways To Get It Today.

Ten Sources of Joy

Joy is a gift from God that makes life better. Here are 10 ways you can get it.

Psalm 4:7  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

Joy seems to come naturally to some.  For others, like me, it seems harder to come by. I carry a lot of burdens. I have plenty of my own and I get the privilege to help others bear their burdens as well. If I’m not careful, I can live without joy – sometimes even forgetting that it is an option. Living without joy is not good. Decide to live a joyful life.

Joy is gladness from God.

It is different than happiness.  Happiness is caused by good things happening to you.  Joy is gladness from God regardless of your circumstances.

Happiness is fleeting and uncontrollable.  Joy is lasting and available.

If someone gives you $100 that makes you happy. If you lose $100 that makes you sad. Joy allows you to be glad regardless.

Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy.

Joy comes from God and (more…)

Where Is God When I Need Him?

Have you ever asked this question? I have.  What does the Bible say?

Where is God? Most of the time this question is not asking for the location of God. That question, though complex, is easy to answer with Scripture.

Positionally, God is in Heaven on His Throne.

Psalm 115:2–3  “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”

Relationally, He is in the hearts of believers.

Ephesians 3:17  “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

Practically, He is omnipresent; everywhere at the same time.

Psalms 139:7-10   “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

Usually, this question has a deeper meaning. When mankind is hurting, struggling, tempted, or tested, the natural response is to ask “Where is God when I need Him?” “How could God allow this to happen?” These age-old questions have been asked countless times. (more…)