Month: November 2022

November 20th – Romans 4:8

Romans 4:8 

I’m thankful the Lord never holds my sin against me

Oswald Chambers once said, “Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ.” There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t sin against God everyday. And not a person alive who doesn’t need forgiveness everyday. Lucky for us, we serve a God whose grace and mercy are boundless. One who promises that if we confess and repent of our transgressions, not only does He forgive them, He forgets them! For as Ps. 103:12 tells us, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” What does that mean? Did you know if you travel north, eventually you’ll end up going south. But if you travel east, never will you meet west. That’s how awesome our God is. Even though we deserve nothing, He gave us everything. Through His precious Son, Jesus Christ, God provided a way for our sins to be forgiven, and for us to be declared righteous!

Hannah – Trading Bitterness For Blessings and Sorrows for Joy

As the morning sun woke Hannah from her slumber, the familiar feelings of disappointment and discouragement welled up deep inside of her. It was the day of the year she dreaded the most. When she would travel with her family to Shiloh to worship and sacrifice to the Lord. Oh it wasn’t that she didn’t love God. Instead, it was the harassment that Hannah would face from her husband’s second wife, Peninnah, that her heart couldn’t bare. For God had blessed Peninnah with many children. But for Hannah, the Lord has closed her womb.

November 19th – Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23

I am grateful that Jesus paid my debt in full!

As we swing into holiday mode, people get into the gift giving spirit. And one of my favorite are the stories about good Samaritans paying off the debts of others. We too have a Good Samaritan. One who will provide us with the best gift we could ever receive. And that gift bearer is Jesus Christ. We all have a sin debt owing. And the penalty of that debt is death, which has to be paid one way or the other. So God in His great love, sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as a perfect sin offering. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus wipes away all of our sin. And when we trust in Christ and receive Him as our Savior, God credits our account. Because of the blood payment of Jesus, our sin is paid in full, and we are declared debt free! And in return, we get the awesome privilege of spending eternity with the Lord and sharing in His glory!

November 18th – Isaiah 53:5

Isaiah 53:5

I am thankful that the punishment I deserve, Jesus took upon Himself. 

With the advancement of modern medicine, there are very few wounds that cannot be healed. Except for the wound of death. No doctor, pill, or surgery can resurrect the dead. There is only One who has the power to save. Only One who has conquered death forever. Jesus Christ, the perfect, unblemished, Lamb of God is that One. Our Lord and Savior came to take away the sin of the world and reconcile us back to God. Even though that meant He had to suffer and die for us to live. The Lord knew all He would endure at the hands of the very people He came to redeem. Yet He came anyway. And Jesus did all of this to fulfill the will and plan of the Father, walking in perfect obedience and surrender to Him. And how thankful we are that because He took our punishment, even to the death on a cross, we are healed!

November 17th – Revelation 14:6

Revelation14:6

I am thankful Thant God gives everyone an opportunity to receive the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ 

One of the most loving things God does is not give up on us. For He is the God of second, third, and fourth chances. So much so, He gives us ample opportunity to hear and receive the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. You’d think after the rapture, when believers are taken from the earth, God would say, “That’s it. You had a chance. Now suffer the consequences.” But our Heavenly Father wishes for none to perish. And so even during the tribulation, God sends an angel to proclaim the Good News. Everyone on the earth will hear the only message that provides eternal life. Because of His great love, God gives every person one last opportunity to choose life over death. To turn to the Lord and experience a peace, joy, and perfect love for eternity. Afterwards, there will be no more excuses other than a hardened heart. But sadly, because they love sin more than God, some will still reject the gospel, choosing death and destruction.

November 16th – John 3:36

John 3:36

I am thankful that all who receive Jesus as their Savior will never see the fires of hell.

As the writer of the book of Revelation, John described some pretty horrific things that will happen to those who face the wrath of God. The Greek term for wrath is orgē. It refers to the righteous anger of a judge who is issuing punishment for a crime. And what is the crime? Rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ and refusing to receive Him as Lord and Savior. From the beginning, in His unmerited love, God sent His only Son to become the perfect sin sacrifice. Through His work on the Cross, Jesus paved the way for us to have eternal life. And because God wants us to come to Him freely, willingly, and lovingly, He gives us a choice. To receive His gift of an eternity spent by His side, or face the horrible alternative. Because those who refuse to receive Jesus as Lord, face an eternity in the “outer darkness” of hell where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

I am thankful when all have heard the gospel, Jesus will return for His bride

Knowing Jesus was about to leave and return to the Father, let the disciples discouraged. Yet Jesus comforted them saying that He went to prepare a place where all who love Him will dwell with Him forever. (John 14:1-3) And when the time was right, Christ would return for His church. This wonderful event is known as the rapture. A time when we will hear the Lord’s call. And in the twinkling of an eye, we who are living will join those who have already passed in the sky. Together we will receive new, glorified bodies and be with the Lord forever! How awesome is that! And what’s truly exciting is there is no Bible prophecy that has to be fulfilled for the rapture to happen. When the last person has had a chance to hear the saving message of Jesus, He will return to bring us home!  It could literally happen at any  moment! So “lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)

November 14th – Matthew 9:6

Matthew 9:6

I am thankful for the healing and forgiveness given through Jesus Christ 

At its very heart, the message of the gospel is forgiveness. We are all born into sin and enemies of God. Yet because of His unequaled love, the Lord provided the way to forgiveness. When Christ came to earth, He came both as fully man and fully God. And only He has the God given authority and power to forgive and heal all who call on him as Lord. Many times before he performed healing, Jesus first forgave people of their sins. Why? Theologian Matthew Poole puts it this way. Jesus first forgave sins, because sin is the root from which all evil comes. And first and foremost, sin was the reason Jesus came. The healings He performed were beautiful, loving, miracles from a Father who loves and cares for His children. Crowds who witnessed the miracles of Jesus gave God the glory. And for the forgiveness and healing He gives to us, we too should sing praises of the glory of God!

November 13th – Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah 9:6

I am thankful for the many names of Jesus

Did you know in the Bible there are over 200 names and titles given to Jesus? All to express the divine glory, sinless character, and mighty position He holds as the only begotten Son of God. And oh are His names awesome! As our Wonderful Counselor, He hears our petitions, guiding us on the path we are to follow. As our Mighty God, He is our Creator and Savior who left His heavenly throne to become a sacrifice for our sins. As our everlasting Father, He never forsake or leave us, loving us perfectly, without end. And as our Prince of Peace, He came to restore our relationship with God, giving us a spiritual peace that this world can never shake. How thankful I am that Jesus was given to us as a gift of grace so that all who call Him Savior can be saved. Our Lord became everything and gave everything to give us an eternal life spent by His side!

November 12th – Mark 10:45

Mark 10:45 

I am thankful Jesus came to ransom His life for mine

Today’s world equates greatness with influence and fame. But Jesus says greatness isn’t found in power and glory. Rather it’s measured by our ability to live lives of sacrifice as servants and slaves to others. And He knows of what He speaks. As Creator of the world, Christ sits on His glorious throne in heaven. Yet at the request of the Father, He willingly left that throne. Out of great love, Jesus came to earth to become our sin substitute. Even when that meant not coming in pomp and circumstance. Or being welcomed with a grand parade. But instead coming in humility in the form of a servant. And facing hurt, betrayal, torture, and ridicule, all to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. God makes one thing abundantly clear. The greatest in His sight are those who humbly serve. And as slaves of Christ, what a privilege it is to serve others as our Lord came to serve us.