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December 10

Thanksgiving and Grace

What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?... I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
- Psalm 116:12, 17 (NKJV)

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The psalmist gave an excellent response to the question in our opening verse today. The Lord doesn’t ask us to pay for any of His blessings. The least we can do is to have a heart of thanksgiving and seek a deeper fellowship with Him.

Although the Lord doesn’t ask us for payment, when we are not thankful, it darkens our understanding and hinders us from receiving more grace. “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:21).

The question is, “Are you thankful today or have you found something to murmur and complain about?” We all can find something to complain about, but the wise always find something to be thankful for. Complaining and murmuring stifle the presence of the Holy Spirit and empowers the influence of darkness in our lives.

For humble people, when they receive something or when they are promised something, they are so thankful. There are so many blessings and promises of God in the Bible, and if we keep on thanking Him for them, they will become the realities that we will enjoy.

Beloved, the Bible says that God gives more grace to the humble. Therefore, the more grateful you are, the more of God's grace you will access.

Additional Scripture Reference(s):
Philippians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 4:15-16
Prayer & Confession of Faith: I will humble myself and continually have a heart of thanksgiving. I will not complain about circumstances and situations because I know my Father’s heart for me. He is a good God and desires only good things for me. Hallelujah!
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2 Chronicles 30
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