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Throwback Thursday: The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

 

THE SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,

And declare His works with rejoicing.

Ps. 107:22 (NKJV)

I never thought of thankfulness as a sacrifice until I began to study this verse. In the Old Testament, sacrifices of thanksgiving were made with unleavened bread (Lev. 7:12). However, in the New Testament, we are supposed to be “living sacrifices” (Rom. 12:1).”Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Heb. 13:15).

Do we give the thanks and praise to God that He deserves? No, because we can never thank or praise Him enough for our salvation, not to mention everything else. I think of the many times when my husband has hit the brakes to avoid an accident when we are traveling, and I quickly ask God for help. How do I thank Him? “Thank You, God.” That is not a sacrifice. Some definitions of sacrifice are surrender or take a loss. Spending more time in prayer thanking and praising God would be a sacrifice of time. Time is an important commodity in our busy world, and we need to give God more of it.

We have so much to be thankful for. How can we not spend the time necessary to thank God and praise Him? He has saved us, rescued us from hell. Certainly, a Christian’s life is not a garden of roses, but how could we get through the bad times without His grace? He is our protector and our provider. Through Him, we have joy and peace which the world cannot understand.

There are so many people who need prayer, but once in a while, pray without asking God for anything. Just begin thanking Him for all that He has done. You will leave the throne of grace rejoicing and feeling greatly blessed.

Heavenly Father, We praise You, and we thank You for salvation, provision, grace, protection, strength…May all the glory, honor, praise be to You! Amen!

DIG DEEPER

Read Lev. 7:12 and Rom. 12:1-2. Meditate on these verses.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What are some ways that you can make your thankfulness to God a sacrifice? Begin today and make it a habit.

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: At a Price

AT A PRICE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…

John 19:17-18 (NKJV)

As I came into the house after my walk, I thanked God as usual. I am almost totally blind, and I normally walk alone. Therefore, I always thank God for keeping me safe from harm. That particular day I was giving details in my thanks. “Thank You, God that I did not fall down or become a victim of some crime. I really thank You that I did not get hit by a car…” That is when I realized that He has rescued me from something much worse than getting hit by a car.

I began asking God for forgiveness. He has kept me from an eternity in hell. Not only have I been saved from the horrors of hell, but that cost Him something. It costs Him nothing to keep me safe every day, but the price for my salvation was extremely high. It cost God His only begotten Son.

How could I be so grateful for safety without thanking Him daily for the enormous price of my salvation? This needs to go beyond the simple gratitude for saving me. I need to be reminded of the cross of Christ every day. I want to remember the beatings which pierced His skin. I want to remember the thorns pushed into His head. I want to remember the nails in His hands and feet. I want to think about the splintery cross as He hung there gasping for air.

We get so caught up in today – our needs for today, our blessings for today – that we sometimes forget that all this doesn’t cost God anything. Our salvation cost Him everything. I still thank God for my safe walks and rightly so, but I make a point to remember how He rescued me at a price.

Lord Jesus,

Help me remember the enormous suffering You endured on my behalf. Thank You for making it possible for me to receive salvation. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 19:1-24.

HIKING THE TRAIL

During this Easter season, reflect upon the great price that was paid for your salvation. If you have any doubts about your salvation, ask God to forgive you for your sins, and commit your life to Him. If you have questions, feel free to contact me: devotionsforyou@gmail.com

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.