Jay's eDevotionals  

Nov 20

The Joy of Blessing Counting!

On many occasions people have asked me, “Jay, you seem like an unusually happy person—is that REAL or FAKE?”

Generally, I resist the temptation to be insulted and return a reply containing a sharp barb like, “When did your evil twin replace you?” Instead, the Jesus Way demands that I engage the ninth fruit of the spirit which is “self-control” and positively respond to a negative question by explaining my DISPOSITION is based on my POSITION IN CHRIST. After all, if you immerse yourself in God’s truth and comprehend that IN CHRIST you acquire a NEW name, family, nature, power, peace, perspective, destiny and eternity—that is enough to make a grouchy old Ebenezer Scrooge dance a joyful jig! Furthermore, when you add to your POSITION in Christ the PROVISIONS of Christ, your spirit soars into the stratosphere because you now know that you are never alone and with the Lord Jesus you are on His victorious team for eternity. Then when you add to the package the Lord’s practical encouragement to live humbly grateful instead of grumbly hateful, the combined components create a SONSHINY OUTLOOK!

The Point: YOU WILL RADIATE GOD’S JOY WHEN YOU LEARN TO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. Learn to proclaim with the Psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2) Sad and sour saints count their blastings and forget their blessings. The annual reminder of Thanksgiving prompts us to return to the spiritual discipline of blessing counting. Pile up your blessings into a tower of thanksgiving. Sincerely thank God for the lavish blessings He graciously provides: Jesus our Savior, family, the Body of Christ, America, what didn’t happen, your talents, God’s guiding Word, those growth-stimulating challenges, and the precious promise of heaven.

We are extraordinarily blessed. Let those blessings color your attitude and illumine your face.

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