Recognizing the blessings in my life
The past number of weeks have been a real challenge for me. I am currently preaching through the letter to the Ephesians from the New Testament. The author of the letter, the apostle Paul, had been through a lot of struggles in his life. But in this letter to the church at Ephesus, he really encourages them to remember all the things that God has done for them. In the early verses of the letter, Paul tries to explain the many blessings that they received when they made a decision to follow Christ as their Savior. He says that God has blessed them with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Spiritual does not refer to immaterial blessings as opposed to material ones, but rather to the work of God, who is the divine and spiritual source of all blessings.
I have been challenged to take a good hard look at all that I have because of what God has done for me. He has blessed my wife and me with two wonderful children and four fantastic grandkids. He has blessed her and me with 41 years of marriage. Unfortunately I have not always recognized just how much God has done for me. But, I am being reminded again this year how really blessed I am.
I am challenging myself and all of you to take a few moments to allow God to show you just how blessed you are to live in this great country. How blessed you are to have the family that you have. How blessed you are to worship freely the God of the Universe, the creator of all.
To God be the Glory, Great things He has done, He so loved the world that He gave us His Son.
Take time this weekend to find a church in Washington to worship and praise the King of Kings!!!