Thanksgiving: A time for CONFESSION and CONVICTION
When I think of the many blessings of God in my life, I must CONFESS two things: (1) I am thankful for all the good things God has sent my way. And (2) I’m thankful for all the things He wisely withheld from me. Though I may not have all the things I would like to have, neither have I had to face all the things I would not want to face.
When you count your blessings, be sure to thank God for all the things you have missed as well as the blessings you have received.
I am also CONVICTED. When I consider all God has done for me, I am convicted how little I have done for Him! And what little I do for Him, I only do by the grace He has given me (1 Pet. 4:11). Every good thing in my life I owe to Him. I have nothing to glory in. Freely I have received—So I should also freely give (Mt. 10:8). As David prayed, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (1 Chron. 29:14).
Anyone who is truly thankful should (1) CONFESS he is not worthy of the least of God’s benefits (Gen. 32:10) and (2) be CONVICTED at how little he actually thanked the One who made it all possible.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say “thank you?
How To Have a Convincing Testimony
How should we then live? —Ezekiel 33:10
One common question many Christians wonder about is this: How can I live so others will want to be saved also.
The old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” But, that is not entirely true. If you salt his oats and he’ll get thirsty and want to drink.
That is also true of a Christian’s witness and testimony. Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.” You cannot force anyone to get saved, but you can make him thirsty for what you have. Here’s how:
There are two things the unsaved watch for in a Christian: (1) They look to see if you are genuinely happy and have an unshakable joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. No one wants to look like they’ve been sucking on dill pickles. A cheerful countenance is a powerful influence. Is the joy of the Lord exhibited in your life? (2) They look to see how you respond to tribulation and hardships. They want to see if the things that make them miserable also make you miserable. There is no more powerful testimony to an unsaved man than when he sees a Christian get “slammed” by some adverse situation, and that Christian still maintains his joy and positive outlook. That will put an unsaved person under conviction better than more than any other single thing. That’s what convicted Saul at the stoning of Stephen.
Can the unsaved around you see these two things in your life?