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Count Your Blessing

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Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! (Psalm 105:1-3)

Are you thankful to God…I mean every day? Not just when things are going well or that there are no difficulties in your life…but every day.

You might be thinking, “How can I be thankful to God every day when there are some days I am sick or there is a struggle in my family or I have financial problems or there is so much chaos around the world?”

Let’s start with this then….everyday “Get down on your knees and thank God you’re still on your feet.”

Notice that the writer of Psalm 105 was David. He did not have an easy life. He wasn’t wealthy, he had a lot of enemies he was always running from, he was a shepherd – one of the lowliest positions there was. Often times he was lonely and hurting. But David didn’t sit around and complain…

He counted his blessing. I didn’t say blessings, I said blessing. You see, if you have God in your life, that is the only blessing you will ever need. God was enough for David. God was bigger than David’s pain, bigger than his problems, bigger than his loneliness. David didn’t have much money, he didn’t have fame, he didn’t have an easy life…but to David God was bigger than all of that. God was everything he needed.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig

What do YOU have? Do you have God? Then you have everything. Because when we die we can’t take anything with us – our money, our car, our job, our house…that will all be left behind. Those are temporary blessings. The one blessing that is eternal is God Himself.

So, David says, “call upon His name.” Everyday, no matter what, pray to Him and thank Him. Let everyone around you know that the reason you can be so calm and joyful in every circumstance is because God is so good to you. Sing to Him. Talk about all the good things He has done in your life. Think about Him. Everyday, count your blessing. God will never leave you. Others might. God will never hurt you. Others might. He is always there, ready to answer your prayer, ready to comfort you, ready to break into your day.

Are you waiting to be happy someday when you get the perfect job or perfect wife or husband or perfect car or perfect house or have perfect health? You will never be happy. God is the only One who can satisfy, the only One who can fill that hole in your heart. God is the only One we can constantly thank no matter what because He created us and He loves us unconditionally.

Seeking God, living for God, and Thanking God – that is true happiness.

Count your blessing!

Can A Man Please God?

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But my righteous one will live by faith and I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back
.” (Rom. 9:13 NIV)

How can a man please God? That sounds like a very important question.  Those of us who love God and are so thankful for what He has done for us really want to know.  So, here in the Book of Hebrews we have found our answer.  If we belong to God and are those who have been made righteous by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we must live by faith.  Then He will be pleased with us. But what is faith and how do I live by it?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb. 11:1 NIV)

Faith is really believing that what God says is true and being so convinced and dedicated to this truth that it will show forth in our daily actions.  It is having such a conviction that God’s truth is the only truth and that His promises about how I can be saved, how I can fulfill my purpose, and how I can be assured of my future are so real, that I live right now like it is already a done deal.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb. 11:6)

Not only is faith important when it comes to pleasing God, it is critically necessary.  In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God.  Faith begins with believing God exists and that belief then results in my conviction that He is willing and able to do what He has promised in His Word.

God isn’t a man that he would lie, or a human being that he would change his mind.  Has he ever spoken and not done it, or promised and not fulfilled it? (Num. 23:19 CEB)

The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” (Isa. 14:24)

The kind of faith we are talking about here involves trust at the highest level.  The father of our faith, Abraham, is seen as one who had this kind of faith.  He believed God and in the promises God made to him in such a sure and unshakable way that He could trust God in spite of how things looked or felt in the natural.  He EMBRACED the promise of God that His son Isaac would be the seed of many nations.  He knew that Isaac would have to live long enough to have children so the promise could continue.  So when God commanded him to sacrifice his precious son, his faith was proven true.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”  19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. (Heb. 11:17-19 NIV)

What can we conclude? That we please God by our faith. That faith is having confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  And that our faith will cause us to trust in God and in His promises because we know HE is faithful.  And that faith is shown true in our daily decisions to obey God and do things His way because HE is trustworthy in all that He says and does.  Can a man please God? You bet he can.

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. (2 Cor. 5:9 NIV)