“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 KJV
After reading this Scripture, I ask you, what are you thankful for? Is it for something that is of this world?
If you have trouble sleeping at night, I’ve learned a good thing to do that will bring you into the presence of God with His peace and joy is to count your blessings, instead of sheep. But don’t actually ‘count’ them, because then you’re distracted with numbering them. Just ‘recount’ them; meaning, ‘remember’ them. As a suggestion, you can begin with thanking God for your warm covers, pillow, bed, warm clothes, and warm, dry home. Some people have lost their home due to weather catastrophes.
Thank Him for the person laying next to you, if there is one, and if not, thank Him for keeping you safe and helping you get through another day! Thank Him for the food you ate, if you had any, and if not, ask Him to provide some. Thank Him for your family members and ask God to bless each one of them. Thank Him for your health and for all the blessings He gave you each day.
Thank Him for your job, if you have one, and if you don’t, then ask Him for a job that He wants you to have; for His will for you.
I thank God each evening for clean, warm water; for my bathroom, my tub, my privacy, the safety and security of my home, for our freedom, and for our place of residence, and geometric location on this earth. I’m thankful for living in America, and for our parents and grandparents who strived for our land and for their prayers for me.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, it’s not the items sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust that I’m thankful for most. It’s the peace we have living where we are.
I thank God each morning on my drive into work. I used to fight the traffic commuting to Austin and San Antonio, and now my commute is ten miles! I’m thankful to God for safe travel; and the landscape I’m able to enjoy. The sunrises and sunsets are magnificent, and are not obscured by tall towers of the big cities.
The LORD gives us rain in due season, and the flora and fauna flourish here in the Texas Hill Country where we’re able to enjoy them to the maximum! Even the roses He gives me are expounded and glorified by the radiance of the afternoon sun shining through the petals!
His magnificence is everywhere! His blessings are bountiful! Our hearts should be full of gratitude all the time! We should thank Him each time we see these little blessings as we go through each day. When we do, it is actually a form of praying without ceasing, because we are talking to Him all day long. For me, just seeing a red cardinal amongst all the sparrows at my bird feeder is a reason to thank Him! He knows I love them best, and He’ll give me one to remind me He’s watching me!
I began this writing with 1 John 2:15-16. What do you love most? Is it of the world, or is it of God?
When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, and you consider your form laying in a casket, before you are hoisted down into the dark, cold dirt, I ask you, “What have you taken with you into that coffin?” “What can you take of this earth with you when you go?” Someone else would have to put it in!
You have no control over what you take after you have let out your last breath. Because your soul and spirit were given to you when God created you, and will continue to travel into what we know as heaven or hell.
Do you know the living God? Have you met the Truth and Life of the Spirit of God? Do you know Him, who is the Door to Heaven? It’s Jesus the Christ. He is the Gate, the Door, the Truth and Life. By faith and belief in Jesus Christ, and by keeping God’s commands to love God more than anyone or anything on earth, and love your neighbor as you love yourself, you can walk through that Door (JESUS); meaning get into heaven by your faith in Jesus Christ. THEN, you will be thanking God for the rest of your life, both on earth and in heaven, because you will have what is most important, and what you can take with you when you die. You will have HIM! You will have LIFE! You will have joy and peace, both now and forever! I hope you have found Him; I hope you have life!