Today is the day to thank the Lord for all He’s done.
Now I could go on and on with all the blessings I’ve been counting over this thanksgiving weekend, but I choose to just elaborate on ONE.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 NKJV
I’m just so thankful today that I serve a loving Savior who identifies with me.
He walks with me
He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
(In the Garden– Merle Haggard)
He came. He dwelt on this earth which He created. God, as man. He was tempted, yet remained blameless, without sin. He endured it all. He bore our sin and our shame. He suffered and died the most excruciating death on the cross. He sweat blood. He rose again. He gave His life for me, for you.
HIS HEART– TO DO THE WILL OF HIS FATHER
He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.
Mark 14:35-36 NKJV
Lately I’ve just been so comforted in knowing that the One who created me, really does get me.
He is an omniscient– all knowing God.
We have almost forgot that God is a Person, and, as such can be cultivated as any person can. God is a Person and in the deep of His mighty nature, He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires, and suffers as any may.
A.W Tozer (The Pursuit of God)
Not only does He know us but He can be KNOWN.
I can come to Him. I can enter into a real relationship with Him, a relationship that fully satisfies.
I can be honest, real, vulnerable with Him. A God who can empathize with me. Who is there in my hurts, in my fears, in all my unmet desires. A Savior who reminds me to look not to the things seen, but to the things unseen. To look above. To have an eternal perspective.
I can enter into this beautiful relationship with One who meets me right where I’m at.
One who loves to celebrate with me. One who comes right alongside me in my victories, and in my disappointments. When I feel free, or when I feel defeat. When I’m laughing, or when I’m crying.
One who promises to one day wipe away every tear from my eyes.
One who gets me. Yet loves me.
I’m so thankful that I have Someone who I can fix my eyes on. Someone who reminds me that this isn’t the end. It’s all a process. There is a Kingdom at stake. One that will last forever. All I go through here is only preparing me for what is to come.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So today I praise the Lord that He came. That He conquered the world. That death has lost its sting. I’m thankful for the great salvation we have in Him, and that PERFECT example.
One who didn’t rely on His deity, but trusted in the Father and depended fully on the Holy Spirit to overcome.
Praise the Lord.