Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 15, 2015: Count Your Blessings

 Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 318  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Guy Penrod singing the old hymn… Count Your Blessings, … declaring what should the desire of all Christians … to be thankful for all the blessings which God has wrought in our lives. … And then THEN ON TO THIS LINK to hear Laura Story singing her song Blessings, describing the reality that many times God’s blessings come disguised as the trials of life.

Highlight Passage:   Psalm 100: 4 [NKJV] …  
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. 
Highlight Context – Psalm 100 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… A song of praise and thankfulness to our Lord.

Reference Passage #1 - Romans 8: 28 [NKJV] … 
23 ALL THINGS work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purposes.
 … Hence, Jesus declares that, in reality, ALL THINGS in life are, in some form, blessings.

Reference Passage #2 - 1st Thessalonians 5: 16-18 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK   
… God exhorting believers, thru Paul, to give thanks in ALL THINGS!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Albert Lee, used used a true story involving the famous Dutch evangelist/apologist Corre Ten Boom. He wrote, In her autobiography, Corrie ten Boom described her and her sister Betsie’s horrific time in a Nazi concentration camp in the early 1940s. On one occasion they were forced to take off their clothes during an inspection. Corrie stood in line feeling defiled and forsaken. Suddenly, she remembered that Jesus had hung naked on the cross. Struck with wonder and worship, Corrie whispered to her sister, “Betsie, they took His clothes too.” Betsie gasped and said, “Oh, Corrie, . . . and I never thanked Him.” 

Isn’t it true that we lose God’s perspective … that He would not bring anything into the life of the born-again Christ which was not for his/her good. Therefore, as Laura Story sings (linked above), so many things in life, especially the trials and challenges, are really His blessings in disguise. And therefore, as Betsie Ten Boom declared in her sister Corrie’s, remembrance above, we need to thank our Lord for EVERYTHING in life (see also Paul’s declaration in 1st Thess. 6: 18).

Yes, even the tough stuff.

 So, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s do what Guy Penrod sings (linked above) and count our blessings … one-by-one; … and really, do all we can to even thank God for the tough trials of life, which are very likely His blessings in disguise.

My Prayer Today:  Yes, Lord, … Help me to have the discernment to see Your blessings - even in the trials of life. … Amen  

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