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1/7/2014

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God Loads Us with Benefits

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah." (Psalm 68:19)

In Amy's family, when someone is grumpy or complaining, another family member will suggest playing "the thankfulness game." When playing this simple game, each family member takes turns naming one thing he or she is thankful for. Amy's family always starts with the big things: "I'm thankful for my salvation," for example, or "I'm thankful to have parents." The only rule of the game is that everyone has to say something new; no one is allowed to name something someone else has already said.

After Amy and her family think they've run out of new ideas, they start thinking of silly things. They say things like this: "I'm thankful I don't have fleas," or "I'm thankful for toothpaste." By the end of the game, not only is Amy's family laughing, but everyone is thinking about the enormous number of ways God has loaded them with blessings – from the smallest things in life (things they take for granted), to the greatest blessing of salvation through Jesus Christ. God is a generous God. He doesn't give His children just a few pleasures in life. He loads them with benefits every day.

So when you're feeling grumpy or full of complaints, take out a piece of paper and start writing a list of one hundred things you're thankful for. It won't be long before you realize that God has loaded you with benefits.

God loads His children with benefits.

My Response:
» Do I have a complaining spirit or do I realize that God has loaded me with benefits?






Truth In Real Life

Helen Keller

“So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over what has been denied.”

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a happy little girl until, when she was only nineteen months old, a terrible fever took control of her body. Miraculously, she survived, but she lost both her sense of sight and hearing.

Because Helen was deaf and blind at such a young age, she had not been able to learn how to speak. But this did not stop her. She learned to recognize people by feeling their faces, and she learned various daily tasks by placing her hands on top of other people’s hands as they worked. By age 7, she had invented 60 hand signs that helped her communicate. Helen’s parents hired a personal tutor – Anne Sullivan – who did wonders for young Helen. Anne worked faithfully with her over the years, helping her transform from a stubborn blind girl to a smart, refined woman.

Helen graduated with honors from Radcliffe College in 1904, and she wrote a book called The Story of My Life. The sales from this book earned Helen enough money to buy her own house. After living a fulfilled life, Helen Keller died in 1968 and the Helen Keller Foundation was set up to assist people with blindness.

What disability has kept you from attempting great things for God? Some people are tempted to make excuses for laziness because of their limitations and hard things they have to face. Maybe your parents divorced, or maybe you are not as naturally talented or outgoing as you wish you could be – but that is no excuse for being “disabled” in serving God! Satan knows our weaknesses. He wants us to be discouraged and to keep us from doing God’s work. Pay no attention to wrong thinking about hard things in your life and limitations you might have no control over. Those obstacles do not matter at all to God. In fact, the Bible says that God makes His strength perfect in our weaknesses!

2 Corinthians 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 


Description of God

The Just One
Acts 7:52 "Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:"

 

Question & Answer

QSpecifically concerning sin, how do the benefits of salvation affect our past?

AGod's gift of salvation delivers us from the penalty of sin. Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

BIG Christian Word

Ascension - (a-sen'shun)

Ascension is the rising of Jesus from the earth into heaven forty days after his Resurrection. The disciples watched Jesus ascend (go up) into heaven. (Acts 1:9) "And when he (Jesus) had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight."