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Grateful- Day 6

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Scripture:Revelation 11:17 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.

Devotional: How often do you give thought to the Sovereignty of God?  In a world overflowing with rulers who abuse power, oppress their people, give directives for unfathomable atrocities, or are simply bad leaders, there is great peace and comfort in trusting that God is Sovereign. 

There have always been great leaders and horrendous ones. And none go unnoticed by God. Scripture reminds us that God deposes kings, He is ultimately over all, and His purpose will prevail. That is something to give thanks for today.  For no matter what chaos is happening in our country, or around the world, God reigns supreme.

Reflect:

  • When you can rest in and understand that God is Sovereign, how might that change your perspective?
  • Give thanks that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is your Sovereign.
  • Listen to Be Enthroned by Shane and Shane

Grateful- Day 5

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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

Devotional: It’s a good day to give thanks for answered prayer. Throughout Scripture God invites us to come to Him in prayer: when we are worried or anxious (Philippians 4;6), when we are sick (James 5:14), when we are tempted (Matthew 26:41) when we are in distress (Psalm 4:1), when we need help (Psalm 28:2).

We are invited to pray for one another, and to pray for our enemies.  All of these prayers go up to heaven as a fragrant offering to God (Revelation 5:8), and He answers them. But how often do we stop to say “thank you” for all the ways He hears us?

God delights in hearing your prayers and responding with good gifts because He loves you. So why not take time now to thank Him for hearing and answering your prayers, even those that may not have been answered in the way you would like.

Reflect:

  • Consider starting a prayer journal where you record your prayers- and the ways God answers-  that you might express more gratitude to Him for His good and gracious gifts. 
  • Listen to Defender by UpperRoom

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