Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I Am Forever Grateful

1 Thess 5:18  In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I give praise and honor to God for His grace that covers me each day. Above all things I thank God for a mind and a will to obey Him. I know without the power of Christ, which is the Holy Ghost, I would not be able to serve Him on my own. I know that I am saved by the grace of God and not my own doing. When I tried to "do right" it would only last for a short while(and by that I mean only a few hours, if that!) When a situation would arise I would quickly revert back to my fleshly nature, and now I understand because there was no other power working in me, it was impossible for me to operate any other way! The bible says man's righteousness is as filthy rags, (Isaiah 64:6). Our righteousness is nothing but smeared dirt!! But when God wash us and makes us clean we are clean through and through. Our dirt doesn't come off on Him, it is no where to be seen. There is no trace of our sins, because the word says He has thrown them in the debts of the sea never to be remembered, Micah 7:18-19). I am thankful because my righteousness could not save me.    

In August of 1993 the Lord came in and answered my soul's cry for help. It was only a few months prior that I prayed and ask God to please help me live a better life, and by a better life I meant a Godly life. I honestly didn't know how I would be able to do that. I soon found out that it would not be me at all but the power of God working through me.

   I am so grateful that 20 years later the same power that saved me is still keeping me! I am thankful that I have not had to go through these last 20 years of life in my own knowledge and  my own strength.   It is amazing that we think we have it all figured out. We think we are smart enough, strong enough, that we have all of the right connections, education and finances to build the best life any human being would be glad to have. But at the end of the day it all amounts to nothing!  We are nothing without the power of Jesus Christ working in our lives.  Thank you Lord for making me somebody.