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As my youngest daughter (who is 4 years old) prays, she inevitably expresses thanks to God for the blessings that He provides. However, when she states it, there is a truth that she adds in which many of us adults forget. She prays, “Thank you for the blessings that we always have.” It is true isn’t it? God “daily beareth our burden” (Psa. 68:19) and faithful men “abound with blessings” (Pro. 28:20).

Even the unrighteous are blessed through God’s faithfulness in creation (Matt. 5:45; Acts 14:17). The physical blessings that every man enjoys come from God: “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). God wants us to be happy and satisfied so that we can see and access the greater blessings (that have always been in His mind) in the spiritual realm . To “always have” those blessings we must choose to be in Christ’s church and keep ourselves in the love of God (Matt. 16:18; Jude 21). To be “in Christ” one must have the faith that leads them to repent and confess Christ and be baptized “into” Him (John 3:36; Luke 13:3; Acts 8:37; Gal. 3:27). God had a plan before the world began for mankind to receive the ultimate blessings of mercy, grace, redemption, and eternal life in His Kingdom through obedience to His only begotten Son (2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2).

Think about it: Christ was “slain from the foundation of the world” so we could always have blessings (Rev. 13:8). God chose that the faithful in Christ would always have blessings “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). At the end of time, the Lord and King will allow the righteous to always have blessings in the “kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34).

Let us be thankful for the “blessings we always have!”

Derrick Coble
via Nesbit church of Christ
Nesbit, MS

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