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The old hymn urges us to “count your blessings, name them one by one.” It is a great practice. Can you spend two minutes praying to God and listing everything for which you are thankful? I could go longer. I’m thankful for Jesus and the spiritual blessing I have through him. I’m thankful for God’s spirit who transforms my life. My wife and children are high on my list of thanksgiving. As are my parents and other family members. I’m really thankful I live in this country in this time period. Running water, electric heat and air conditioning are great things. So is modern medicine and technology. I could go on listing all kinds of things for which I’m thankful. Can you?
Which brings up an interesting question. Will we still be giving thanks in heaven? Yes, we will. Revelation pictures events in heaven, and guess what? Giving thanks is one of the activities. But you might be surprised for what people thank God. Revelation 11:16-17 says, ‘And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”’ (NIV)
Rather than focused on themselves, the elders are thankful God has used his great power to reign. Today, thank God for using his power to accomplish his will in your life.
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