COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

There are times when we believers can tend to be focused on the disappointments of this life. I’ve done it, but then I think about all of the good things we have that we take for granted. The ordinary everyday things that we probably don’t think much about.

We have a roof over our heads. Many are homeless, living on the streets or in their cars.

We have running water in our homes. My mother didn’t have that when she was growing up.

We have a private bathroom. There are places in this world where people have to use community bathrooms all of the time!

We have an appetite to enjoy our food. Some can’t do that because of illness.

We can walk. I’ve been more appreciative of that since it’s become more difficult for me to walk because of a deformity in my right leg. I’m thankful that I can still walk at all!

We’re not on our way to the emergency room! I remember last summer when Billy was in the emergency room and admitted to the hospital! I often thank the Lord for the “peace of the moment” for we “… knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1) That’s especially true as we age.

We know the Lord. We have been born again! We’ve read the Scriptures. I sadly think of the many who have left this earth and have never opened a Bible, or read even one Scripture verse.

We can choose to focus on our disappointments, or we can choose to count our blessings. There can be hidden blessings even in our disappointments when we know the Lord.

Do you know the Lord? Have you been born again?

My Salvation Testimony

EASTER

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Does it not demean the Name of Jesus, to associate His Name and His resurrection with such things as Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, etc.?  It surely does. 

And why are Protestants embracing Roman Catholic holidays like Easter and Christmas?

This is mixing the Holy with the profane.

If we have come out of the Roman Catholic church, let us come out completely, not half heartedly, hanging on to remnants of the false religious system that the Lord has delivered us from. We are not to listen to our Pastors, but to the Holy Spirit… “who will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13)

An excerpt from my testimony…

“As I sought truth, I learned a biblical principle in 2 Kings 17:33-34. That principle is that the true God cannot be worshiped in our own way nor in an idolatrous way. If that’s what we are doing we are not worshiping the true God at all. It is mixture and is nothing more than a mongrel religion.

2 Kings 17:33-34 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel; 

Matthew Henry Commentary:  

Assemblies that worship God in spirit and in truth are the Israel of God; assemblies that either worship false gods, or the true God in a false manner, are the synagogues of Satan: though they may profess to be the only people of God, their profession is a lie.

MacLaren:  

Divided worship

The religion of compromise or worldliness 

This was the beginning of the Samaritan people, whom we find through the rest of Scripture even down to the Acts of the Apostles, retaining some trace of their heathen origin.

Gill:  

Unto this day they do after the former manners,… the new colonies in Samaria doing after the former customs in their own land, 

Pulpit: 

This syncretism, this mixed religion, 

they do after the former manners – that is, they maintain the mixed religion,

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

CRUCIFIED

Luke 23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

Gill Commentary:

For if they do these things in a green tree,…

Or it may be rendered impersonally, “if these things are done in a green tree”; by which is meant the Lord Jesus Christ, who is often compared to a tree, as to a green fir tree, an apple tree, a vine, and is called the tree of life: and may be said to be a moist or green tree;

because, as a green tree is full of juice, so is he of grace and goodness;

as that is flourishing, so was he in the fame of his doctrine and miracles, in the spread of his Gospel, and in the increase of his kingdom and interest;

and as that is fruitful and useful, so was he in preaching the Gospel, and healing diseases;

and as that is not proper to be cut down, nor fit fuel for the fire, so he was not deserving of death, or to be used in the manner he was;

the metaphor seems designed to express the righteousness and innocence of Christ; … who was pure in his nature, without sin in his life, harmless in his conversation, and did no hurt to any man’s person or property:

his enemies could find nothing, nor prove any thing against him; nor even the devil himself, but owned him to be the Holy One of God;

and he was also declared innocent by his judge, the Roman governor: and yet, how many hard and grievous things were done unto him!

He was persecuted in his infancy, and his life was sought for;

he was despised and reproached by men all his days;

he was apprehended as if he had been a thief, and was bound as a malefactor;

and arraigned at the bar of men, as if he had been the greatest criminal on earth;

he was mocked, buffeted, and spit upon in the palace of the high priest;

he was scourged by Pilate, and misused by his soldiers, who arrayed him with a scarlet robe, put a crown of thorns on his head, and a reed in his hand, and in a mock way bowed the knee to him, and saluted him as King of the Jews;

they crucified him between two thieves, …

and as he hung on the cross mocked him, and gave him gall and vinegar to drink.

To which may be added, that he was forsaken by his God, and Father, and his wrath was poured out upon him, as he sustained the persons, and bore the sins of his people; the curse of the law was executed on him: and justice drew its sword, and sheathed it in him. …

and if such things were done to Christ by his Father, according to the requirement of the law, and the strictness of divine justice, when he was made sin for his people, though he knew none, nor committed any himself, what vengeance will fall on them, who must answer for their sins in their own persons?

What devouring flames, and everlasting burnings, will such dry trees be exposed to, as being fit for them, and deserving of them?