Monday, May 14, 2012

10 Times More

Someone once said,
“If you believe one-tenth of what you say you believe you should be 
ten times more excited than you are.”

And I ask myself the question:  When and why do we fall short?

Maybe it’s this .  . .
-          We fail to remember that being called “believers” means we “believe.”
-          We fail to remember what it is we believe.
-          And we fail to give thanks.

We believe that God gave.

And we received.

And when we receive a gift, what should be our natural response?

God has given us numerous gifts for which we can be eternally grateful. 

Here are TEN to start out with. 

Maybe you’d like to write them out in a “Thank You” note and keep them handy
 . . . as a reminder to “give thanks.”

#1 – God’s Son
“Our Savior Jesus Christ. . . gave himself for us.” (Titus 2:14)

God’s Son wasn’t forced into being our Savior.
Jesus Christ gave Himself freely for us.


#2 – Forgiveness of Sins

“. . . that [we] might receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 26:18)

Each of us deserves the worst punishment imaginable for the filth of our sins.
Christ took it on Himself. 
That we might receive forgiveness in its place.

#3 – Family Status
“As many as received him, to them gave he the power 
to become the sons of God.” (John 1:12)

We have received the right to be called the children of God.
We have the same family status as God’s own Son.

#4 – Grace
“. . . grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus 
before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

God’s favor when we didn’t deserve it – when we deserved His DIS-favor – was so certain to be ours that He gave it to us long before He brought anything into existence.

#5 – the Holy Spirit
“. . . ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

The Spirit of truth indwells us, fills us, rebukes us, seals us, and produces His fruit through us.

#6 – Peace
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” (John 14:27)

Christ left us His peace.
It is ours – available and apart from any peace we could achieve from any other source.

#7 – Wisdom
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God
. . . and it shall be given.” (James 1:5)

When we need wisdom, we can ask for it. 
And He will give it willingly.
Again and again.

#8 – Victory over death
“Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Because Christ rose from the dead, death will not have victory over us.

#9 – An Inheritance
“. . . that they may . . . receive an inheritance.” (Acts 26:18)

This inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, does not fade away, and is reserved in heaven for us.   
We’re “joint heirs” with God’s own Son.

#10 – Everlasting Life
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Since we believe what we say we believe, let’s be more excited, more joyful
 . . . more grateful.

10 times more.

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