Giving Thanks to the Father

Colossians 1:12-14 NIV
“and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

And giving joyful thanks to the Father….
“Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3) As we prepare to enter the month of November our focus shifts to the holiday season which kicks off with Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time set aside to spend with family and to reflect on various aspects of our life that we are thankful for. Matthew 6:33 says “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.” As we prepare to enter a season of thanks let’s pause to first give joyful thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us at the cross and to reflect on benefits of salvation.

Who has qualified you…
We are thankful because our Heavenly Father has qualified us. Salvation is the work of our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ death on the cross. “For God so loved the world (He loved you and me enough) that he gave his one and only Son.” (John 3:16a) “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh.” ( Romans 8:3)

To share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light
We are thankful because we share in God’s inheritance. When we receive Christ as our Lord and savior we become His children, His holy people. “That whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16b) “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) God’s kingdom represents light and as believers we have a place in God’s kingdom.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
We are thankful because God has rescued us from darkness. The dominion of darkness is Satan. At the cross Satan was defeated (John 16:11) and the power of sin that he had over us before we received Christ as our Lord and Savior was condemned. As believers we are not perfect but through the power of salvation we have the power to be led by the spirit and not by the flesh, our sinful ways. If you find yourself struggling in areas seek God to deliver you from them. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 13,16)

And brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
We are thankful because we have a seat in the heavenly kingdom through the promises of eternal life (John 3:16). “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8) “The kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Luke 17:21b) “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)

In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins
We are thankful because at the cross we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

If you are a believer and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then these are all promises and benefits of your salvation to rejoice over. If you do not know Christ as your Lord and savior and would like to receive Him, then click here to see how to receive the free gift of salvation. Be encouraged!

Prayer: Heavenly Father we give joyful thanks for the gift of salvation. We praise you for being our Heavenly Father and Lord over our life. We thank you for sending your only son, Jesus, on the Christ to die for our sins and to place us in the position to be in relationship with you through our salvation. We pray for our unsaved family members and friends and we pray for those who have strayed away from you that they will one day come back to the kingdom of light. Help us to know you more and give us guidance and strength to be the light in a dark world and to draw souls to you. We ask these things in your son Jesus name. Amen

~Written by Felicia McKnight~

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